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GC Down Mexico Way
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 15, 2012

Robert Fripp will be directing an introduction to the Guitar Circle in Mexico in 2013. You can check out the details over on the Guitar Circle website


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Fripp On The Box
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jul 19, 2014
You can catch Robert Fripp's contribution to BBC4's The Joy Of The Riff via the BBC iPlayer.



Robert's segment of the show pops up at around 22 minutes.



"The riff was only one part of what King Crimson did. Their was a lot more going on...I don't think in terms of a riff. I might think in terms of a phrase or a motif"



John Doran of The Quietus offered this assessment of his work. "Robert Fripp is undoubtedly a genius. His earlier work with King Crimson, it's so technically proficient, it's so hard to get a handle on what he's doing"

The show is available to UK viewers for another six days via the iPlayer





On This Date 42 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jul 19, 2014
Bill Bruford formally left Yes to take up residency in King Crimson on this date 42 years ago. Back before the internet, before Twitter, message boards and dedicated music websites, they way you found out what what your favourite band might be up to was to buy one of several weekly music papers. Here's how many of us back then found out about the new incarnation of King Crimson that week.



Robert On The Box
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 18, 2014
The famously reclusive Robert Fripp makes yet another appearance on TV in the UK tonight when he takes part in BBC 4's The Joy Of The Guitar Riff. Here's what the Radio Times preview has to say about it. And here's what Robert had to say about it when the film crew came to call in April


Crimson In Concert: Interim Demands
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 18, 2014
A tongue in cheek (we hope) piece on what one KC concert-goer wants to see happening in September


Daytime Crim
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 18, 2014
My thanks to FraKcman who writes "Is it only me? Am I the only one who hears LTIA loud and clear in the end titles of BBC TV show íFlog it: Trade Secretsí?
For those in the UK only please see 28 minutes and 30 seconds
In fact the music used by the main Flog It show also sounds familiar to my ears.
It doesnít matter what country youíre in for this link."


SHUT THE @*!% UP
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 15, 2014
My thanks to Tariqat for this link about those folks who well, you can guess the rest. 


E For A
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 15, 2014
Adrian Belewís e recently celebrated its fifth birthday. You can read Adrianís comments surround the making of the record here


Dyble Does It Again
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 14, 2014
Judy Dyble has a new album out next week.  Live At WM Jazz features a set recorded at the Water Margin in London's O2 in December 2013. You can grab your copy via Burning Shed.



DGMLive visitor Colin Coates saw Judy and the band on Saturday night just gone in Norwich's Arts Centre. "It was wonderful. I expected the audience to be similar to myself, over 50 grey and balding, most of us with beards as well, but no, a high number of younger folk, and I would say 40% female audience. The Curator, (Alistair Murphy) and his band played stuff from his excellent albums, most of side two from Inside the Whale before Judy joined them for the rest of the evening over two sets.

 I Talk To The Wind came with a chat about recording it with the Giles brothers, Fripp and Ian McDonald back in the flat in Ď60ís when she was between Fairport and Trader Horn. Later Alistair reflected on putting together in his studio Harpsong, from Judyís Talking with Strangers album, with Ian McDonaldís and Robertís contributions as sound files and thinking ďIíve got King Crimson playing together for the first time since Ď74Ē, before playing the number live in a shorted version.

The band was excellent, very tight, yet loose in their playing giving a depth to the music, Judy nervous at first, but relaxed into it all, and poor Alistair full of cold, and enjoyable on-stage banter. I Picked up the new album by Judy and the band, Live at WM Jazz, and highly recommend this as a similar set to what was played in Norwich. It has a good sound mix, and keeps Judyís chat in as well, though sadly no I Talk To The Wind."

You can read my take on Judy's new album over on the blog.

On This Date 30 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 11, 2014
On July 11th the 80s incarnation played its final gig in Montreal. The show was recorded for radio broadcast and was released in 1998 as Absent Lovers.



Following the gig in Montreal the band broke up. The irony is that the band had never sounded better.  The material from Three Of A Perfect Pair had begun to breathe and knitted well into the set. The music was tight, incisive and moving at a stunning pace.  The release of Absent Lovers release showed Crimson had never sounded better and indeed the performance of much of the material surpassed many of their original versions ó LTIA II in particular hadnít sounded so animated and full of vim and vigour for quite a while.

Fripp recalls: "We recorded the last shows on multitrack sensing that the end of the band might be nigh. This allowed for a possible live album to commemorate the outfit (as with USA).  Bill mixed the tapes for a Canadian radio broadcast, which became a bootleg (as with any radio broadcast) called Absent Lovers.  Any mix of any music is a presentation of a world-view: a sonic society of the imagination, how we see that world and our place in it.  When I was given a copy of Billís mix, it confirmed my sense of Billís Crimson world-view, and gave deep offence."

On Sunday July 12, the morning after the last show at Le Spectrum, the team were having breakfast in their hotel.  Bruford recalls Fripp joining them and announcing to his colleagues that the band was no more. 

Asked by journalist Bill Milkowski what the future held for King Crimson now that the incline to 1984 had been completed, Adrian Belew replied ďI think it is unstated as to what the future holds for King Crimson. We just have to sit down and consider that at the end of all this touring. Personally, Iíd like to see it take a break for a while, mainly because I feel a real need to fulfill a lot of musical ideas that arenít fitting for King Crimson. Thatís where Iím at; I donít know about the other guys in the band. Robert likes to do things in three album sets, and it was planned that way. But I think it would be unfair to assume that once we reached our goal it would automatically be over. I donít think Robert has said that in the press. Heís never said that to me. And Iím sure Bill and Tony want to play further. But, as Robert says, now the band is free to play together if it wants to. So thereís a lot of openness to it.Ē

Fripp offers this perspective on the reasons for the break-up of the group.  "We compressed the making of three albums into three years, which was probably too short for the music to emerge organically.  But, with different career interests and tensions in the band, had we waited longer maybe little more would have developed organically anyway. Regardless of what the albums achieved, Absent Lovers validates the group as a live unit, right up to the end.  That particular end was a finish, a conclusion and a completion. No discussion followed the end of the tour, to address either working together or not working together. "

Whether by accident or design, inertia took hold and Crimsonís return to the first division was at an end.  As Crimson manager Paddy Spinks sat in Montreal mulling over his breakfast, there was an despondent air.  "I think we all kind of knew that if there wasnít going to be an actual end to the thing at the end of the tour then there was certainly going to be a long pause. And if you think about it, there certainly was a hell of a long pause."




The Joy Of The Guitar Riff
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 11, 2014
The famously reclusive Robert Fripp makes yet another appearance on TV in the UK next week on July 18th when he takes part in BBC 4's The Joy Of The Guitar Riff. Here's what the Radio Times preview has to say about it. And here's what Robert had to say about it when the film crew came to call in April


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