Van der Graaf Generator got its start during the British psychedelic explosion of the late-sixties, but their far out, experimental sounds led them to be one of the founding fathers of the progressive rock movement.
After a trip to San Francisco in 1967, drummer Chris Judge Smith returned to his studies at Manchester University in England but was determined to start a band that would incorporate the magic of the San Franciscan psychedelic counter culture. Judge Smith recruited two fellow students, organist Nick Pearne and singer-songwriter-guitarist Peter Hammill, to his burgeoning band. In this early incarnation, the group had a blues and jazz-influenced sound similar to many other psych bands of the time. After nearly naming themselves... Read More