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And Steven Wilson's Favourite Prog Artist Is...

The new issue of Prog is on sale this Friday…

And you may remember us, a while back, asking you to vote for your favourite progressive musician and artist of all time. Well, an unbelievable amount of you voted, and it’s taken for ever to work our sway through all the votes and come up with an ultimate list of 100 which will appear in the next issue. Of course we asked load of the musicians we write about to tell us who their favourites are as well, and in the run up to the new issue going on sale, we’re sharing a few of those with you.

First up, Steven Wilson, who’s had a pretty good year himself, releasing the excellent Hand. Cannot. Erase., touring the world, which included two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall. And as if that’s not enough, there’s a new Porcupine Tree box set out shortly, as well as his interim album 4 12.

Anyway, we asked Steven for his choice, and he chose PINK FLOYD:

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“Because Floyd have made the most timeless records of the whole genre. One of the secrets is that they were so simple. There’s nothing muso on there. Nothing has dated. The other secret is that Roger Waters wrote about human beings and planet Earth, and not robots and sci-fi. I think people love Floyd whether they love progressive rock or not. I think time has proved them to be really… You’d put them in the same category as The Beatles, the Stones, Led Zeppelin, they’re in that company. They’ve become transcendent in that their records can appeal to anyone.”

Jerry Ewing

Founder and Editor of Prog Magazine. Enjoys almost all progressive music in its many guises, but is especially partial to a slice of post rock.