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Christian Buchard, RIP

Sadly, Christian Buchard, the founder of the German jazz-rock-world collective Embryo passed away. My condolences to his family and in particular his daughter Marja, I hope she continues the torch!
"Der Multiinstrumentalist und Gründer der Weltmusik- und Krautrockband Embryo ist am 17. Januar 2018 im Alter von 71 Jahren verstorben. Christian erlitt vor etwa zwei Jahren einen Schlaganfall und konnte nicht mehr auftreten. Seitdem hat seine Tochter Marja die Bandleitung übernommen. Im Jahr 2008 erhielt Embryo (gegründet 1969) den Deutschen Weltmusikpreis 'Ruth'.
R.I.P Christian"

RIP, Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues

Just the other day I was playing a compilation called Early Blues on Compleat Records. Love those early recordings of The Moody Blues, and of course, where would we all be without Days of Future Passed...

From Cherry Red/Esoteric:

Happy Holidays 2018

Happy Holidays and New Year to all, thank you for your purchase of the new edition of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, and to all the kind words that have been said about it. -- charles

John Etheridge interview on Jazzwise

From the UK Jazzwise website:
"AJ Dehany caught up with Soft Machine’s John Etheridge and spoke to him about his formative fretboard influences and approaches to guitar playing, as well as penetrating the complex chronology and politics of the ongoing Softs saga."

Wallenstein Live 1973

Recently unearthed live clip of Jürgen Dollase, Harald Großkopf and Bill Barone performing live for Radio Télévision Suisse in 1973. Top shelf progressive rock!

Dik Mik, RIP

From Hawkwind's Facebook page:
"We are very sad to let you know that our old friend and band mate DikMik, (Michael Davies), passed away early this morning. He will be loved and remembered for his innovative contributions not only to Hawkwind, but to a whole musical genre of which he was an important pioneer..."
Born 1943, in Richmond, Surrey (UK). Died 2017. A former roadie, joined Hawkwind in august 1969 as an electronics manipulator, adding sounds and effects to their music. He left Hawkwind in june 1973.

Innerviews: John Goodsall - Blazing new trails

Incredible interview with John Goodsall on Innerviews, talking Atomic Rooster, Brand X, Fire Merchants, Marscape and more! Thanks to Anil Prasad.

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Phil Miller, RIP

Word on the street is that Phil Miller, guitarist for Delivery, Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, National Health and his own band In Cahoots has passed away. RIP, Phil, your guitar tone will forever give me the chills. Listen up:

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Progtoberfest III at Reggies, October 20th-22nd

Please join me Saturday and Sunday at Reggies for the third installment of Progtoberfest! I'll have books to sell. Check the link below for the latest lineup.

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