Cover star Peter Hammill: maverick, visionary, rebel. The new issue of Prog is on sale now!

Prog 119
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Van der Graaf Generator frontman and solo artist in his own right Peter Hammill graces the front cover of the new issue of Prog, which is on sale now!

Peter must be the busiest man in prog at the moment, with a new solo album, ‘In Translation’, an upcoming massive VdGG reissues campaign including remastered vinyl reissues and a lovely looking large new box set, The Charisma Years, which kicks off in July, as well as collaborations with Isildurs Bane and The Amorphous Androgynous. We cover all of this in a fascinating interview that gets to the core of what makes Hammill tick.

Also in Prog 119...

Big Big Train - UK proggers talk about their ground-breaking and newly reissued 2009 album, The Underfall Yard.

Downes Braide Association - the melodic prog duo discuss their fourth studio collaboration, Halcyon Hymns.

Rare Bird - the 70s proggers had a hit single, but the rest of their career didn’t quite match up. We find out what happened.

Lifesigns - John Young talks us through the international band’s new album, Altitude.

Richard Barbieri - former Japan/PTree man talks lockdown and his new solo album, Under A Spell.

Robert Berry - the US musician discusses the final part of his collaborations with Keith Emerson.

Clive Mitten - the ex-Twelfth Night bassist on why he’s reworked his past in a classical style.

Cosmograf - Robin Armstrong is back with a new Cosmograf album. Just don’t call him neo-prog!

Arc Of Life - Yes alumni, but not Yes. Arc Of Life have the fans up in arms!

John Carpenter - the horror maestro is back with a new set of dark progressive music.

God Is An Astronaut - reunited with keyboard player Jamie Dean, the Irish post-rockers are firing on all cylinders.

Al Stewart - he was taught guitar by none other than Robert Fripp and pioneered a progressive approach to folk rock throughout the 70s, scoring hits with Alan Parsons-produced albums. He's the subject of this issue's The Prog Interview.

Gojira - they've always been far more than a run-of-the-mill metal band. They have a passion for Mike Oldfield and Indian trance music and so we ask the question: how prog are they?

John Hackett - John Hackett tells us all about his latest long-player, The Piper Plays His Tune.

BirdPen - Dave Pen chats about Roger Waters, King Crimson, Swans, Mew and, er, dancing to progressive house!

Plus album reviews Frost*, Peter Hammill, Kayak, Jethro Tull, Magma, Jon Anderson, Porcupine Tree, Ozric Tentacles, Tame Impala, Devin Townsend, Rare Bird, VOLA, The Pineapple Thief, Nad Sylvan, Motorpsycho, Mono, Gojira, Alex Henry Foster, Acolyte, Jane Getter Premonition and more…

And music from VOLA, Simon CollinsLaura MeadeJohn YoungThe Stranger, Evership and more on the free CD.


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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.