Update: What’s the Big Idea

UPDATE: I’m revising this page whenever there’s new news. — bk

I began work on my third music-related book a few months ago. I’ll be delivering the finished manuscript for What’s The Big Idea: Great Concept Albums to my publisher (HoZac Books) next spring, and the book is scheduled for publication in 2024.

Work is progressing nicely, and while I’m keeping the specific subjects under wraps until each is in the bag (so to speak), at this stage I can reveal some of what readers will find within the book. Each chapter focuses upon one artist and conceptual/thematically-unified album, and is based on interviews with relevant parties.

  • Apples in StereoTravellers in Space and Time, 2010 (interview: Robert Schneider)
  • Camper Van BeethovenNew Roman Times, 2004 (interview: David Lowery)
  • Captain SensibleThe Universe of Geoffrey Brown, 1993 (interviews: Captain Sensible, Martin Newell)
  • Chad and JeremyOf Cabbages and Kings, 1967 (interview: Jeremy Clyde)
  • The ChurchThe Hypnogogue, 2023 (interview: Steve Kilbey)
  • The CooliesDoug, 1988 (interview: Rob Gal)
  • Drive-By TruckersSouthern Rock Opera, 2001 (interview: Patterson Hood)
  • Gentle GiantThree Friends, 1972 (interview: Derek Shulman)
  • GrobschnittRockpommel’s Land, 1977 (interview: Eroc)
  • HawkwindThe Machine Stops, 2016 (interview: Dave Brock, Kris Tait)
  • The Hold SteadySeparation Sunday, 2005 (interview: Craig Finn)
  • KlaatuHope, 1977 (interview: Terry Draper)
  • Patrick MorazThe Story of I, 1976 (interview: Patrick Moraz)
  • NektarJourney to the Centre of the Eye, 1971 (interview: Derek “Mo” Moore)
  • William ShatnerPonder the Mystery, 2013 (interview: William Shatner)
  • Al StewartPast, Present and Future, 1973 (interview: Al Stewart)
  • The TurtlesThe Turtles Present The Battle of the Bands, 1968 (interview: Mark Volman)
  • UtopiaDeface the Music, 1980 (interviews: Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox)
  • Rick WakemanThe Six Wives of King Henry VIII , 1973 (interview: Rick Wakeman)
  • Jeff WayneThe War of the Worlds, 1978 (interview: Jeff Wayne)
  • Frank ZappaJoe’s Garage, 1987 (interview: Ike Willis)

There’s much more to come, but those are the ones I can announce right now. Keep up with news on What’s the Big Idea by checking in here at Musoscribe.