Three books entirely dedicated to the phenomenon of progressive rock, composed of essays, interviews, insights, reviews and analyses on one of the most popular trends in the history of rock.
It is the work of Stefano Orlando Puracchio, a passionate journalist and Progressive rock fan, who in his “Progressive Rock volumes” wanted to explore this rich and compelling branch of rock music from new points of view: interviews with its protagonists, essays that address the topics raised by new observers, calm and stimulating reflections.
I think that artists should talk about their works: we as journalists should only act as a medium or at best we should stimulate a conversation with the right questions.
Then of course you have my reflections on the genre and its artists, but they will always be listening suggestions more than immutable statements written in stone.
A handbook for Progressive Rock .“My new book could be the perfect guide for girlfriends, wives, or friends of any progressive rock enthusiast… it’s not mainly for the prog rock expert, but rather people whose curiosity is piqued by this “genre” and who have never examined it further, thinking that it was “complicated stuff”. With my guide I try to give the reader a possible way of interpreting this genre. Hence the subtitle “A handbook” instead of “THE handbook”. Of course, the book is also for the normal “audience” of prog rock, those hardcore aficionados”. Stefano Orlando Puracchio presents his book Progressive Rock. A handbook with clarity and irony.
A return to the scene of the crime. This is how Stefano Orlando Puracchio defines his second book, Progressive Rock 2. Boundary Lines: a work that fromits title approaches prog-rock’s lesser-known and unclassifiable territories. The aim of this book, after the classics of the first volume, is to explore names, surroundings and subgenres less familiar to us. Boundary Linesfocuses on protagonists of the classical era and on new prog (from Kansas to Marillion, from Arti &Mestieri to Unreal City) but also on less “cumbersome” names such as Secret Oyster, Solaris and Agorà, thereby approaching the idea of progressive as a concept and attitude rather than as a genre.