A history of prog rock coming “out of the sky”

book-cover-mountainsBackbeat Books announced the release of Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock by Will Romano. The press release describes the book as follows:

From its artful beginnings (Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the Mothers of Invention, and those progressive forebearers, the Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles), through the towering guitar solos, monumental synthesizer banks, and mind-boggling special effects of the Golden Age of Prog (Rush, Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP, Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, UK), through the radio-friendly “pop era” (Asia, the Phil Collins-led Genesis, and a reformed Yes), and right up to the present state of the art (Marillion, Spock’s Beard, and Mars Volta), this is a wickedly incisive tour of rock music at its most spectacular. This is indeed the book prog rock fans have been waiting for, the only one of its kind, as fantastic as the subjects it covers.

It’s an interesting subject for Romano to tackle, as his previous two books (both for Backbeat) have been biographies of the bluesmen Hubert Sumlin and Jimmy Reed (Incurable Blues and Big Boss Man, respectively). Still, it promises to cover a subject not often accorded any academic interest. It’s not due out November 1, but you can read the chapter on Genesis right here, right now and whet your appetite.