Many fans of progressive music around the world have enjoyed the efforts of Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder, creators of the documentary series Romantic Warriors – A Progressive Music Saga. The first two installments covered a wide variety of bands, and they're starting on volume 3, which will investigate the Canterbury scene, and running a fund-raising campaign on Indie Go Go.
by Jon Davis, Published 2014-06-02
From the campaign page:
It is our pleasure to introduce to you our third film in the Romantic Warriors - A Progressive Saga series that will guide you through the amazing history, development of the Canterbury Scene and its influence on contemporary bands. The Canterbury Scene of the late 60s and early 70s marked a remarkable period in the history of British progressive rock music and, most notably, the development of jazz rock. The scene's three most durable bands, Soft Machine, Caravan and Gong were especially influential around the world.
A number of later bands that formed outside of Canterbury have been labeled as “Canterbury bands”, including a few in Europe. Some of these bands were founded by a member of Soft Machine or Caravan while others were obviously influenced by these Canterbury groups. The scene was a breeding ground for world class players of considerable harmonic sophistication who innovated and expanded the music of their time.
Through interviews with "Canterbury Scene" musicians, clips of live performances, photographs, and current/archival footage, the film takes a closer look at the bands that are now considered a part of the Canterbury Family Tree.
They've got a promotional trailer showing the kinds of things that will be part of the finished work, and a big spread of support levels.
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Related artist(s): Brian Hopper, Hugh Hopper, Didier Malherbe, Moving Gelatine Plates, Soft Machine, Soft Machine Legacy / Soft Works, Supersister, Mike Oldfield, Forgas Band Phenomena, Phil Miller, Theo Travis, Caravan, Gong, Matching Mole, Daevid Allen, Dave Stewart, National Health, Doubt, Dirk (Mont) Campbell, Pierre Moerlen, Dave Sinclair, Nucleus
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