Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Hello fans of Swedish progg!
While searching for information on Swedish progg music on the web, I noticed that there is a conspicuous lack of blogs and websited devoted entirely the Swedish music of the, mainly, 70's. Over the last few decades there have been a few books written on the subject, but only Tobias Petterssons excellent ”Encyclopedia of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-1979” is in English, the others being in Swedish. While Pettersson's book is a mandatory read for anyone interested in this music, it is now out of print. Also, it doesn't feature actual reviews of the albums, and being both a music journalist and an avid fan of Swedish progg, I thought it was a good idea to bring all together, opions, information and goold old fan obsession! The idea behind this blog is to publish reviews of progg albums of different kinds, both those which fit in with the international definition of prog, such as Samla Mammas Manna and Fläsket Brinner, but also the political acts of Sweden in the 70's, such as Knutna Nävar and Blå Tåget. The political bands are mostly lesser known outside Sweden; no wonder since the lyrics are most often the main point of the songs. However, several of these bands have strong musical merits, thus deserving attention beyond Swedish speakers.
The main focus will be on albums and singles released between 1967 and 1982, opening to progg bordering on psychedelia on one end, and punk on the other. I will also use the expression ”satellite progg” now and then, describing albums that not obviously fit into the progg epitome, but still have some relation to it (say, for instance, the first two Ulf Lundell albums).
Remember that even though I will try to feature biographical info on the albums, at least to some extent, the posts will be reviews, i.e. opinionated and personal. I have my preferences and they will clearly show for sure!
Some people might be disappointed to learn that I won't offer downloads. While I think this music is perfect for sharing due to its often communal (and smore often than not ocialist) nature, Swedish laws are medieval in that regard. My mere point with this blog is not to breach anyone's copyright, but to share and broaden the knowledge of this music to anyone interested. However, there's a fair bit of Swedish progg up on Youtube, and where I see fit I will post clips to go along with the reviews. Other than that, it is up to each and all to go look for the music in whatever manner they like the best.
I will do my best to keep the blog updated, but after all, it's something I do when I feel like it, so updates may be irregular. Comments and suggestions are welcome. You may also follow the blog on Facebook – search for ”Swedish Progg”, send me a friend request and I will add you as soon as possible.
I hope you will enjoy your stay here, and most of all, I hope that I will help to trigger an interest in something that you haven't heard before.
All the best from Sweden!