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Hansson, Bo

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Known for his musical interpretations of classic fiction works, Bo Hansson was an early virtuoso on the Hammond organ.

Founded: 1943

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Website: B O H A N S S O N

Haskell, Gordon

Founded: 1946

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Website: Gordon Haskell

Henry Cow

Founded: 1968

Location: Cambridge, England

Website: henry cow

Incredible String Band, The

Fronted by Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, The Incredible String Band were one of the earliest folk bands to incorporate psychedelic music into their sound. Massively influential, the band were a major live attraction.

Founded: 1966

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Website: Official Mike Heron

Jade Warrior

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One of the most original of the British progressives, Jade Warrior were one of the first bands to incorporate "world" elements into their unique sound.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: Jade Warrior - Official Website

Jethro Tull

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Led by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull was the first group from the progressive era to score resounding chart success. Originally their music was based in rhythm and blues, but punctuated with Anderson's flute playing and larger-than-life stage persona. By Thick As A Brick, the band would provide the ultimate concept album: one song spread over both sides of the album, housed in a newspaper-facsimile record jacket. By the mid-70s, the bands work become more formulaic, but fan favorites were just around the corner, as the folk-roots of Songs For The Wood would attest.

Founded: 1967

Location: London, England

Website: Jethro Tull

July

Notable for members Tom Newman (producer), and John Field and Tony Duhig, both later in Jade Warrior.

Founded: 1968

Location: Ealing, England

King Crimson

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From their debut album and striking cover art, constantly shuffling lineup, groundbreaking music, never-say-die reformations, no band epitomizes the "British prog" ethos better than King Crimson.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: DGM Live!

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Led Zeppelin

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It is impossible to underestimate the impact of the early Zeppelin recordings.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: Led Zeppelin - Official Website

Mabel Greer's Toyshop

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A precursor to Yes (and post-Syn), the band was revived in 2014 by originals Clive Bayley and Robert Hagger, with Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood. Both songs "Beyond And Before" and "Sweetness" appeared on the first Yes album.

Founded: 1966

Location: London, England

Website: Maybel Greer's Toyshop