“Big Big Train were the first band to send me a cassette,” recalls Kev Rowland. “Final Conflict were the first to send me a CD, and Vertical Alignment were the first band to send me a download…”

When talking to this veteran music writer, anecdotes about obscure bands – Milky Way Gas, a specialist rock music newsletter, on his electric typewriter. His thick contacts list and prolific reviewing and interviewing made an invaluable resource for prog fans in the pre-Google, pre-, age.

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