Music of Yes
Structure and Vision in Progressive Rock
books on rock music, Music of Yes does not focus on
personalities, but instead on musical structures, lyrical
vision, and cultural and historical context. Bill Martin
situates one of the most creative groups from the
progressive rock period, Yes, within the utopian ideals of
the sixties and the experimental trend in rock music
initiated by the Beatles and taken up by groups such as King
Crimson, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and others. Working
against the seemingly entrenched cynicism and "blues
orthodoxy" among rock music critics, Martin demonstrates the
power of Yes's romantic, utopian, "Blakean," ecological,
multicultural, and feminist perspective, showing how this
vision is developed through extended musical works.
this book will stand out as the most definitive study of
Yes, and anyway, how could I not like a book that compares
my ability to that of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix?"
Co-founder of Yes
will flock to this paean to the world of 1960s 'art rock'. .
. Martin's points about the artistic aspirations of '60s and
'70s 'progressive' music are thought-provoking."