The Show That Never Ends

  • by David Weigel
  • Narrated by Rudy Sanda
  • 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Show That Never Ends is the behind-the-scenes story of the extraordinary rise and fall of progressive ("prog") rock, epitomized by such classic, chart-topping bands as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Emerson Lake & Palmer, and their successors Rush, Styx, and Asia. With inside access to all the key figures, Washington Post national reporter David Weigel tells the story with the gusto and insight prog rock's fans (and its haters) will relish. Along the way he explains exactly what was "progressive" about prog rock, how it arose from psychedelia and heavy metal, why it dominated the pop charts but then became so despised that it was satirized in This Is Spinal Tap, and what fuels its resurgent popularity today.

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"Reminiscence has gone astray." So disappointed.

I come at this from two points of view. 1] I'm a 54-year-old American who grew up devouring and playing prog rock. 2] I'm an enormous fan of audiobooks. Bonus: I'm a fan of Dave Weigel's political commentary and reportage.

It just doesn't come together here at all. I get that Weigel is a megafan of prog. But his writing about it is hampered by a pretty glaring lack of basic knowledge about music in general. His descriptions of famous songs are plodding and sophomoric — and often plain wrong. Meanwhile, he provides scant details about the creation of some of the most impressive and challenging music ever recorded.

He gives some interesting insights into the lives of a few key musicians — mostly about the sex and drugs, less about the rock 'n' roll. Perhaps it's because I just finished listening to Mark Lewisohn's "Tune In, Volume I" about the early years of the Beatles, but it just feels that Weigel is out of his depth here. This is a labor of love, to be sure. But if prog rock has taught us anything, it's that labors of love rarely connect with an audience.

The bigger problem by far, though, is the narration. Rudy Sanda really has no business reading professionally. This sounds harsh, I know. But, I paid good money to have a book read to me by a professional. And that didn't happen.

For starters, Sanda refuses to pronounce the letter "T" at all. And not in the cool British way. No, this is the post valleygirl way. "Great Britain" becomes "Gray Bri—in." And "Manha—in." This is inexcusable.

Worse, he mangles the many European names he has to pronounce — including some English ones — and at one point refers hilariously to a "Bach FOO-gay."

The word is "fugue."

When reading quotes by British musicians, he affects an accent only about a quarter of the time. And not particularly well. He reads sentences as if it's the first time he's ever encountered them. Pauses curiously long after every period. And I swear I can hear his voice changing.

Why the producers didn't select a British reader with a bit more gravitas — especially considering the primary focus of the book is the birth of a musical genre in Canterbury, England — is unfathomable to me. I mean, if prog rock has taught us anything, it's that the voice is everything.
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- Chris Henson

Well written but poor narration

Someone should have told the narrator to skip the accents. they're painful to hear.. Aardvark. (I had to type at least 15 words.)
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- David W

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books