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On Pretentiousness
:: Posted by Carnamagos on February 12, 2016

Crimsophiles of a certain age: Remember suffering the slings and arrows of hearing the music you loved habitually labelled "pretentious? Well, relief and revenge are here at last, forty years too late:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/11/pretentiousness-why-it-matters-dan-fox-review .

U 2 can be famous!
:: Posted by Bakullama on February 11, 2016

So Albemuth, are you saying fame makes one loose and hard to swallow?

Of all the fantasy worlds one could end up in, being a famous actor, musician, or artist seems the most desirable to most. I suppose others would seek fame through political or monetary power, or even firepower! Being a household name, being known by the world... Everybody knows me now. Going through Bowies songs and lyrics I get the impression that he was imparting this message or idea with his art. You get the feeling that he understood the fantasy of fame very well. Its highs and lows... Its dangling carrot, its delicate balance, its inherent danger.

Most folks go through life with only a small group of people who even know their names. Friends, family, coworkers... They watch and wonder at the famous lives fed to them by media giants... The eccentricities, the material successes and excesses, lives on public display for "entertainment" but most of all for profit... There is always a whole lot of money riding behind famous people. Jobs, sales, management, advertising, cottage industries, designer fashions, T-shirts, soda pop.

All that said, From a fans point of view iíd venture to say that RF and his KC crew have weathered rather well in the arena of fame ... Just enough, and not too much. good balance.

Temperament and Phil Collins
:: Posted by albemuth on February 11, 2016

How artists react to fame varies a lot with their personality and temperament.  I certainly respect Frippís musical accomplishments and many of his views about the music industry.  But he is an extreme case and it is hard to take everything he said, especially in the 1970s, altogether seriously.  Kanye West is a different extreme case and, 40 years from now, I doubt we will take everything he said seriously!  Incidentally, Iím hoping The Life of Pablo, released today, is another winner for the 21st century!

Also today, there happens to be a good article in the Guardian about Phil Collins and his experiences with fame.  The combination of the crush of 1980s fans and then the backlash in the 1990s was not pleasant for him!  But today everyone from Kanye to Lourde are hailing Collins as a genius.  Do not speak ill of Phil!

:: Posted by emory0 on February 10, 2016

"I was happy to have read that 73 interview of Fripp - it made complete sense to speak of his guitarist contemporaries with such disdain (if not respect)."

Sweet Jesus Iím glad Iíve never had to live in the public eye! Imagine saying some of that stuff and then, years (or maybe months) later, cringing as one reads what one allegedly said. I think Iíd want to melt away and hide.

Itís funny, but we the Public so often think of "fame" as something desirable or as incredibly validating, and assuming for a moment it is either of those things, seems to me the price is way too high, particularly after the novelty wears off, which probably doesnít take too long.

The Name of the Rosen
:: Posted by PeterW on February 10, 2016

I was very surprised and intrigued to notice on the DGM site that Michael Rosen, the childrensí writer, poet and television presenter, possibly, had interviewed Robert Fripp in 1973. Shurely shome mishtake? And yes, the hapless hack in question is named Steve Rosen.
Brilliant, Peter W and thanks for pointing this out - another calumny to be added to the already long list that Mr. Rosen is still dealing with.

:: Posted by SarmagoandDavid on February 10, 2016

Is this interview on YouTube or other video-posting website?
The link to the web piece is in the news item.

Interview Memory
:: Posted by randomelement2 on February 10, 2016

Iím (unfortunately) old enough that I remember that interview. The part I remember most clearly was Frippís comment about live playing- "Itís one of the things I enjoy doing most. Put another way, itís one of the things I dislike doing least." Wow. He seemed to be a changed man once he came out of the Gurdjieff retreat a few years later. For which weíre all thankful.

Guitarists and intellectual myopia
:: Posted by StarlessBibleBlack on February 10, 2016

I was happy to have read that 73 interview of Fripp - it made complete sense to speak of his guitarist contemporaries with such disdain (if not respect).

I think thatís the biggest problem with a certain category of guitar players: they barely see beyond themselves in regards to their role in serving music.

A great example? Jazz. Everyone knows their place;they know their function; they know when to speak up; they also happen know the role of silence.

imagine Robert wanking away for 17 minutes stirring an improv? With his legs spread wide? No , I didnít think so.

Years back in a live G3 gig, Fripp totally ripped a dissonant solo during a live cover of RED, drowning out Vai and Satch. A lot of fast shredders canít compete with jazz soloist imo - I sometimes think they donít even understand whatís happening underneath their toes for that matter ( musically speaking). No mercy to guitar wankers here! Lol.

Interviewing meanies
:: Posted by Bakullama on February 09, 2016

" Almost out the door, I turned to him and said, ďI worked a long time on that interview. I really loved King Crimson. You didnít have to make fun of me like that.Ē

Oh my! Tears are streaming down my face as I type this.

May God watch over the thin skinned ones.

Show Request
:: Posted by pyroseed13 on February 09, 2016

First, congrats on the DGM team for making the entire 2000 tour available for download. Thatís pretty awesome! Iím still hoping a download of KCís second night at the Park West, March 15, 2003, is made available at some point. From what I have read, they played an interesting version of One Time that night that segued into The Power to Believe II and then back into One Time. Would love to hear that.

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