Lovingly packaged and designed. Yes Is The Answer celebrates prog in all its tomfoolery and excess.
The New York Times
A topographic journey into a 21st-century schizoid land of prog-lit, Yes Is The Answer is a pointed rebuke to the prog-haters and the first literary anthology devoted to the subgenre.

A topographic journey into a 21st-century schizoid land of prog-lit, Yes Is The Answer is a pointed rebuke to the prog-haters and the first literary anthology devoted to the subgenre.

Yes Is The Answer: And Other Prog Rock Tales

edited by Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell

Progressive rock is maligned and misunderstood. Critics hate it. Hipsters scoff at it. A topographic journey into a 21st-century schizoid land of prog-lit, Yes Is The Answer is a pointed rebuke to the prog-haters and the first literary anthology devoted to the subgenre. Featuring acclaimed novelists Rick Moody, Wesley Stace, Seth Greenland, Charles Bock, and Joe Meno, as well as musicians Nathan Larson and Peter Case, Yes Is The Answer is the first book that dares to thoughtfully reclaim prog-rock as a subject worthy of serious consideration.

Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
Hardcover, 2013: 9780985490201
US $24.00 | Music
Paperback, 2014: 9781940207131
US $14.95 | Music
Also available in ebook formats

As with chess, Progressive Rock is commonly assumed by outsiders to be a sexless, all-male realm of wasted intellect. Many of the essayists in Yes is the Answer operate under this belief. If you’re a Prog fan, opening the book can be like stumbling into Monty Python’s Department of Abuse.
Los Angeles Times
Marc Weingarten is the author of The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight and Station to Station. 

Marc Weingarten is the author of The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight and Station to Station

Marc Weingarten is the author of The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight and Station to Station. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Details, The Village Voice, and many others. He is also the co-producer of the 2011 documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne. He plays drums and sings in the band California Wildebeest, and lives in Malibu with his wife and two daughters.

Prog was a background influence on everything in the seventies when I was in my late teens and early twenties. Yes, Crimson, ELP, and on and on. It blended immutably into the Heavy Rock and even Glam scene and then Punk even where people were vocally reactionary against it and the Baroque excess it brought with it.
Chuck Dukowski, founding member of Black Flag
Tyson Cornell is the founder of Rare Bird Lit, a literary marketing and publicity firm.

Tyson Cornell is the founder of Rare Bird Lit, a literary marketing and publicity firm.

Tyson Cornell is the founder of Rare Bird Lit, a literary marketing and publicity firm. He has worked with over ten thousand authors, including John Updike, James Ellroy, Carol Channing, Chuck Palahniuk, John Waters, and many more. He has also toured extensively throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East playing music to audiences big and small. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the artist, Alexandra Infante, and their two children, Solaris and Vesper. His favorite television show is 7th Heaven.

What’s especially tired about this trope in popular version of Rock history is that it assumes that its practitioners and fans didn’t acknowledge the pomposity and silliness of Prog. It overlooks the fact that pomposity and silliness were the point of Prog, and that these qualities could be as exciting and valid as three-chord songs played by sociopathic misanthropes. At least, that’s the case made with...persuasiveness by the new book Yes Is The Answer.
Grantland
An intelligent and entertaining trip through the Prog Rock cosmos.
Adrian Belew
 

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