Music of Yes: Structure and Vision in Progressive Rock

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Open Court, 1996 - Music - 272 pages
"Yes is one of the most creative groups from the progressive rock period. In the early 1970s, Yes evolved into a visionary, virtuoso band, producing a series of adventurous, controversial, and difficult works." "In this pathbreaking book, wholly devoted to the serious discussion of a rock group's oeuvre, Bill Martin follows the trajectory of Yes from the group's formation in 1968 to the present, with a special focus on what Martin calls Yes's "main sequence" - from The Yes Album (1971) to Going for the One (1977)." "Professor Martin situates Yes within the utopian ideals of the 1960s and the experimental trend initiated by The Beatles, then developed by such groups as King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer." "Although sometimes critical of Yes's work, Martin defends Yes against their supposed blissed-out over-optimism and their departures from blues orthodoxy. Drawing upon the thinking of Adorno and Marcuse, Martin demonstrates the power of Yes's Romantic, utopian, Blakean, ecological, multicultural, and feminist perspectives, showing how the vision which unifies these is developed though extended and sophisticated musical creations."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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"Long-winded" and "pompous" are derisions routinely leveled against Yes, the kings of "avant-rock," and they often apply to this examination of the band's music by social theorist Martin (philosophy ... Read full review



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Children's writer Bill Martin, Jr. was born and raised in Hiawatha, Kansas. Ironically, the future early childhood educator had difficulty reading until he taught himself, before graduating with a teaching certificate from Emporia State University. After graduation, he taught high school drama and journalism in Kansas. He served in the Army Air Force as a newspaper editor during World War II. He wrote his first book, The Little Squeegy Bug, for his brother, Bernard, an artist, to illustrate while recuperating from war wounds. It was published in 1945 and the brothers would go on to collaborate on 10 more books by 1955. He earned a master's degree and doctorate in early childhood education from Northwestern University and became principal of an elementary school in Evanston, Ill., where he developed innovative reading programs. In 1962 Martin moved to New York City to become editor of the school division of Holt, Rhinehart and Winston where he developed the literature-based reading programs Sounds of Language and The Instant Readers. Martin returned to full-time writing in 1972 and ended up writing over three hundred children's books during his career. His titles include; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?, The Ghost-Eye Tree, Barn Dance, and Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom. He died on August 11, 2004 at the age of 88.

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