I dont know about you but I cant get enough progressive rock; from Yes and Rush to the Mars Volta and Coheed and Cambria, from Uriah Heep to Kamelot, Pink Floyd to Ozric Tentacles......enough music to fill a 160GB iPod no worries !
Alot has been written about the genre.
5. The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock: Charles Snider
History and facts with an amazing 350 album reviews, he has a good balanced approach to reviewing and despite being an American covers the Uk and Europe very well.
4. The Billboard Guide to Progressive Rock: Bradley SmithBrilliant attempt to classify the many giverse sub-genres (but does miss out on Gentle Giant and Rush). Good coverage of the 3 stages: The Hard Rock stage (1973-1976), the Classic Prog stage (1977-1982) and the Neo Prog stage (1983- 2005?)
3. The Progressive Rock Handbook Jerry Lucky
Has a comprehensive alphabetical listing of more than 3,200 bands and artists, which includes biographical information, a description, band history, and a discography for each entry(includeslesser-known bands and forgotten favorites).
2. The Progressive Rock Files Jerry Lucky
More of a chronological history than his other book, very well researched, appendix has a very exhaustive list of prog rock bands. His definition of prog and defense of it's critics is a good read, even if you dont agrtee with it all.
1. Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counter-Culture: Edward Macan
Here's what Keith Emerson has to say:
"While there have been thousands of books written on every form of music, progressive music as such has gotten a raw deal. Edward Macan has been brave enough to write the quintessential book on a curiously underrepresented form of music--and it's about time."--Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer