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And on this day in history...
:: Posted by PPmINTY on March 13, 2015

Exactly a year ago, 12th March 2014, I went to see The Crimson ProjeKCt at the Shepherdís Bush Empire. I guess, in hindsight, I was right all along with my blogspot-borne statement of "I see this [tour] as drawing a line under íKing Crimson: The Adrian Belew Yearsí..."

But casting a mind much further back, it was also on the 12th March (1988) that Robert Fripp performed "An Evening of Barbertronics" at the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street ("Donít look for it, itís not there any more...").

We stood around the store - or rather squatted on the floor like children in a school assembly hall - and enjoyed some live Frippertronics (aborted abruptly, due to one of the Revoxes not behaving itself).

This was followed by a íQ & Aí session (during which I asked Robert something banal about working with David Byrne, I donít remember exactly what the question was). Simultaneously, Robert had his hair cut (ímediaí style) by celebrity New York coiffeuse Mary-Lou Green. I can just about recognise myself in the crowd (just behind Soo Catwomanís foot) in the picture that appeared in that weekís edition of "SOUNDS".

Polite ídemandsí for more music led to another attempt at live Frippertronics... again, frustratingly, cut short... Oh, what to do? From technical adversity came some sublime music, as we instead witnessed one of those Blue Peter-like "Hereís One I Made Earlier" occasions, whereby Robert soloed over a pre-existing íloopí (from a more successful US show of a couple of weeks earlier).

Chitchat and music over, we formed an orderly queue (itís an English thing, you wouldnít understand!) at the checkout,  to get our choices of vinyl signed and to shake the hand of Robert Fripp. Just ponder on that for a moment. To this day, I have a treasured copy of the pink "The League Of Gentlemen" elpee autographed by Robert Fripp.

Crusty cheeses...

King Crimson jokes you say?
:: Posted by andyfromozz on March 12, 2015

challenge accepted!

Q:Why did Fripp sack the drummer?

A:Because Pat Mastelotto notes...

A favorite Fripp guitar solo
:: Posted by mGarnice on March 12, 2015

A favorite Fripp guitar solo is the one on "What Kind of Man Reads Playboy" from the 1984 album Bewitched by Andy Summers & Robert Fripp. Summers sets him up perfectly with a solo of his own that waddles as amicably as a penguin. Fripp crashes in in with one of the most aggressive solos heís ever recorded. He gives over fully to the spirit of rocking out, and riffs away. But too interesting of a player not to, he bends and slurs the solo with idiosyncratic melodic and textural elements, making it a triumph of the head as well as the gut. A Fripp/KC fan from a decade before and ever since, this solo never fails to excite me whenever I hear it. I only wonder how many takes it took to capture. I hope there arenít any KC fans that have missed this track.

think you're on to something
:: Posted by Undisciplined on March 12, 2015

Re: King Crimso at the Wiltern, 1995
:: Posted by mikefrost on March 08, 2015

Iím sure a recording exists. Every Crimson show since 1994 has been recorded on DAT and kept in the archives. Sooner or later a USA 1995 tour bundle will appear...

This represents an interesting opportunity. Itís not known at what point the ThrakBox is in the planning stages. However, if there is a great deal of high quality recordings, there should be a fair share to emerge, which hasnít previously been made available.

King Crimson jokes: from Alastair Reynolds
:: Posted by sergegirard on March 12, 2015

* HOUSE OF SUNS (2008) Clarke shortlist. Six million years in the future, starfaring clones, tensions between human and robot metacivilisations, King Crimson jokes. This was a very enjoyable novel to write, especially after the claustrophobic THE PREFECT and I think it shows. Again, I would like to return to this universe but I have no fixed plans for when that will happen.

Reynolds & KC
:: Posted by natron on March 11, 2015

 I wonder if Poseidonís Wake will feature the Pattern Jugglers that appeared in several earlier books by Alastair Reynolds.

(I I suspect thats a connection Sid already knew about )

Er, I wasn't but thanks for the info!


Let the Power Fall
:: Posted by kingcrimson7 on March 11, 2015

Let the Power Fall is an inspiring work to get done musician, amazing themes logically get to become an original guitarist, exciting, an inspiring recording to the music in the world.

Trust in Jesus.

:: Posted by thomasc1982 on March 11, 2015

Are starless and road to red available in other languages for the packaging and book etc or only English? Thanks There's a Japanese edition of RTR and Starless with accompanying inserts translating the English booklet etc into Japanese. Other than that they English only.

the great deceiver
:: Posted by andyfromozz on March 11, 2015

So a "health food faggot" isnít a homosexual with a good diet? Well, I stand corrected...a lesson learned, deception of the thrush? or wisdom from the great deceiver?
Bertrand Russellís teapot in you I trust...
cheers andy from oz

:: Posted by emory0 on March 10, 2015

"I see, so there is no good or bad music, only good or bad listeners. ;"

Well, I wouldnít say that either. Iím of the opinion that there is such a thing as good and bad music. Moreover, bad music thrives when it encourages its fans to not actually listen to it but, instead, regard it as a "lifestyle" accessory.

But there is the possibility that Music X is good, and we havenít heard it as good because we havenít given it the quality of listening that it deserves. For instance, I didnít REALLY listen to Bjork for the longest time because I thought all the wacky personnas she sported was all their was to her music. But my Jazzer brothers insisted I sit and really listen to her, and I did and realized I had been wrong. I think TCoL can easily fall into this category.

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