Prog Awards Acceptance Speech
This is Ant's acceptance speech for the Grand Design Award which he delivered at the Progressive Music Awards Ceremony in London on 1st September 2016.
It contains some small sections which Ant chose to leave out on the evening.
Jonathan Dann, my sonic sleuth, for tracking down contemporary material for the bonus CDs and for the illuminating bibliographical tomes.
Phil Lloyd-Smee for the lovely design work that did full justice to Pete Cross's brilliant covers - and more!
Simon Heyworth and Andy Miles for the consummate remixes and glittering 5.1 (somehow managing to rebuild and better albums so dense that when you took out one element, the whole lot collapsed like a pack of cards !)
Mark and Vicky Powell who masterminded the the whole series and kept the faith that we could win this despite this particular doubting Thomas !
All the lovely people at Cherry Red, especially Lauren Archer, Matt Ingham and of course the supremo himself Ian McNay for the encouragement and prosletyzation.
Given this is all such early work, I must thank my parents for suffering the strange sounds, hours and people with such stoicism !
Mike Rutherford who cajoled me back out of the wilderness and without whom no solo album would probably ever have appeared. And thank you Tony Banks for the way over-generous name check last year.
So thank you Prog and all who voted, this is a real honour amidst such exalted company and I'm going to grab this tightly before I suddenly DO wake up to be told this hasn't got enough balls in it, it's too quiet for the car and you can't call that piece 'Henry' because Rick Wakeman has done Six Wives. To which I replied, "I did it for 'A' level, it is genuinely based on that and I don't care how many wives Rick has got...!
Here's to less balls, lots of lovely lyrical quiet sections, light & shade, emotion, grandeur, magnificence - the full panoply of Prog !
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