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Is the Internet responsible for the 90s-Present

The Owl

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As you know Prog rock was fairly popular in the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's due to that genera of music being very well received by the mainstream musical outlets and radio stations of the day, and the general music goer at the time..


But as the 70's turned into the 80's prog rock fell off the public eye like a sack of bricks and with the exception of a few groups of the 70's continuing what they were doing in the 70's.. very few "new prog" bands popped up during the course of the 80s (Bands like Marillion and IQ are only a couple I can think of)... Towards the mid 80's and going into the 90's we did see the merging of metal music and progressive music in the form of Prog rock with bands like Queensryche, Dream Theater, and Fates Warning... but while they in the late 80's and early 90's did achieve little to some mediocre success it did not really spur the intrest back into progressive music that was present in the 70's....


But around the Mid 90's and going into present day things started to change drastically.... Progressive and Progressive metal bands started to pop up everywhere..... and get some, not mainstream, but enough attention to warrant a great resurgence in the genera around that time. Groups like Porcupine Tree, Spock's Beard, Symphony X, Opeth, Flower Kings, Tool, Mostly Autumn form, and greater interest of the prog bands of the 70s is rekindled... to where now.. Progressive music is while not mainstream as it was during the 70's still more known and more popular than it has been since the 70's ...


What was the spark that set off the prog resurgence in the 90s? To me the correlation between the resurgence of prog, and the taking on of the internet is too big of a correlation to ignore... prog did not thrive in the 80's because the mainstream audience did not pay it any attention, concerts were not advertised, and music was less than promoted in the decade of Miami Vice.. But around the mid 90s when it started to be a common thing to have an in house PC with an internet connection. This allowed for bands who cannot get mainstream promotion to not only be able to market themselves, but to garner new fans and allow the flow of music that cannot have been possible before.


So what do you think... would prog have seen the revival it did in the mid 90s and achieve the levels it is at today without the internet?

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