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Rockin’ The City Of Angels: Celebrating The Great Rock Shows Of The 70s review

A mighty hardback of live classics from the 70s

Rockin’ The City Of Angels: Celebrating The Great Rock Shows Of The 70s book cover

Sure, this says ‘Celebrating The Great Rock Shows Of The 70s’, but don’t panic, there’s plenty of prog in Douglas Harr’s hernia-popping 380-page hardback slab.

Separated into four themes – Rock Gods & Entertainers; Shamans, Storytellers and Mellow Rockers; Virtuosos & Classic Rockers, Encore (Genesis and Peter Gabriel) – Harr’s taken the soundtrack to his teenage years in LA, focused on 36 stadium shows and rounded them up with oodles of classily curated live shots. Added to that is Harr’s pick of each act’s best live DVD/audio release out there for today’s concert buff to appreciate at home. Meanwhile, The Who, Queen and Cat Stevens mingle on page and on stage with Heart, the Eagles and AC/DC, but it’s the prog goblet that runneth over. Tull, Yes, Supertramp, ELP, Kansas, Floyd, Wakeman, Camel, Rush, Kate Bush and Crimson get great billing. Zappa is underserved with one shot and two spreads, but features on PFM, Dixie Dregs, Happy The Man and U.K. give the book a deeper gusto. Printed on thick, glossy paper stock and served up at $79.99 (£65), it’s no casual investment. But Harr has created an absorbing read, with fun, personal recollections and a real sense of his own love and enjoyment.

Jo Kendall

Embracing weird, wild and wonderful sounds, Prog's Associate Editor Jo's also a Classic Rock columnist, an avid tea-drinker and cupcake fancier.