Brad Birzer writes…

Mark, much to my delight, one of my favorite musicians–Roine Stolt (Swede) of the Flower Kings, Transatlantic, and Agent of Mercy–just reposted your paragraph on distributism twice. Very, very cool! Long live Catholic Prog Rock!

I hate to say it, but I’ve never heard of these bands. I’m happy, however, to find that Chesterton is being heard by the new creators of culture! Booyah!

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  • ivan_the_mad

    Neat! What is the paragraph referenced?

    As a side note, I’ve really come to enjoy Birzer’s pieces over at The Imaginative Conservative, and Gilbert Magazine recently reviewed a book of his about Tolkien (forward by J. Pearce huzzah!) which, mirabile scriptu, is available at my local libary :)

  • Paul H

    Great to hear. I am a big fan of Transatlantic (which is Roine Stolt of the Flower Kings, Mike Portnoy formerly of Dream Theater, Neal Morse formerly of Spock’s Beard, and Pete Trawavas of Marillion — I bet you haven’t heard of those bands either!). And I am not a huge Flower Kings fan, but I do have one CD from them, and it’s pretty good. I did not know that Roine Stolt was Catholic, but if he is, that is wonderful! Or maybe he is not Catholic, but he just likes the concept of distributism? I really don’t know.

  • Lawrence King

    I had assumed Roine Stolt was vaguely New Age-ish like his hero Jon Anderson, but I guess that was just an assumption. Neal Morse, his colleague in Transatlantic, is an Evangelical Christian who has made some pretty good Christian prog (although his 2007 Sola Scriptura pushed the “hooray for Luther” thing a bit too far for me….)