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art rock

a type of rock music, often with poetic lyrics, characterized by sophisticated harmonic, dynamic, and technical complexity based on forms derived from classical music and requiring performers of considerable training and skill. Unabridged
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a genre of rock music with more complex harmonies than popular rock and often incorporating classical music elements; also called progressive rock


Art rock bands of the 1970s included Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.

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