progressive rock


Definition of progressive rock

: rock music characterized by relatively complex phrasings and improvisations and intended for a musically sophisticated audience

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First Known Use of progressive rock

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Progressive rock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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