And as someone who can recite the color limitations of a SNES (256 at a time, from a palette of 32,768), I mean “Nerd Rock” in the best possible way. This is a
metal gear heavy metal instrument website after all. We cater to the geek crowd.
I guess someone else is marketing to the same demographic, and that person works at Backbeat Books. Just recently we covered the publisher’s Rush FAQ, and I thought the naming convention was cute and fitting. But apparently this is actually a series. I would have released the genre compilation first myself, but it looks like it’s 2nd in the set. Here’s the synopsis of this tome:
Prog Rock FAQ traces the controversial, but much misunderstood, musical genre through its five-decade history, highlighting the rise, eventual decline, and recent resurgence of one of the most inventive and storied popular musical forms of the latter half of the 20th century. Prog Rock FAQ digs deep to deliver a view of progressive rock as youve never known it: Technical wizards, cosmic messengers, visionary producers, groundbreaking album-cover illustrators, and even innovative musical instrument vendors separate memory from myth, fact from fiction, to recount prog rocks most historically significant milestones and little-known tales. This interview-rich, unapologetic volume addresses topics taboo and burning alike, while welcoming the reader on an enthralling journey replete with rapturous visions, wondrous stories, and endless enigmas.
So if you’re in my camp and the idea of a prog-rock FAQ floats your boat (let’s say that this camp is a Waterworld-esque floating shanty town to avoid mixing metaphors), but you lean more in the direction of King Crimson and Yes than you do towards Rush, perhaps this Official Strategy Guide will provide you with the pro tips that you need to defeat the optional, extra-difficult bonus bosses. I’m assuming one is Peter Gabriel in a flower costume.
You can procure this item with minimal effort, from Hall Leonard Books or Amazon. Like the Rush issue, this FAQ will set you back $24.99.