Temen2 prog-gemblunkers …. Ini saya terima email dari seorang mahasiswa di Amerika yg sedang mempelajari musik rock Indonesia. Apa ada temen2 yang bisa bantu? Pak Alfie mumpuni soal ini sebenernya. Barangkali temen2 lainnya berkenan?
My name is Chris, I’m a student in the US, taking a class on the music of Asia. Currently we are looking at Indonesian music. Because the class focuses more on the traditional/classical music of the region, the class was assigned into small groups to independently study more popular genres of music. I landed in the Indonesian rock group, and was put in charge of researching it’s history (other group members are doing things such as lyrics/meaning, musical style, performance context, etc.).
After doing a bit of research I discovered bands like God Bless and Guruh Gipsy, and decided to look them up on progarchives since I am a big prog fan myself, and noticed you had some very well written reviews for them. I figured you may be able to help me. If you could just briefly give me an outline of the history of rock music in Indonesia that would be fantastic. When, why, and how rock music emerged in Indonesia would be awesome, as well as influences throughout the years.