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iTony eBook?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Feb 16, 2012

My thanks to the mighty Vargan for alerting me to this item from Tony's website. "I have the opportunity to re-release my photo book, Crimson Chronicles in digital format (for iPad). It will feature all the photos, but also a lot of extras, including other shots that didn't make it to the original book. So, that's got me digging through my files for photos, itineraries, tour passes, and music I can use for that release."

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Shahhal Appeal
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 14, 2015
Shallal - the Penzance based dance and arts charity which counts Robert Fripp as its patron - are appealing for support in order to secure a grant from theArts Council and Heritage Lottery Fund. Check out this news story and find out more about the group here.

Music Industry Run By 'Feckless Idiots'
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 13, 2015
Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan has concluded that the music industry is mostly run by feckless idiots in this interview. Well...

Keeling In Concert
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 13, 2015
Andrew Keeling's piece Afterwords is being performed by Fretwork in the Vale Of Glamorgan festival this coming Friday. Check out the website for details. 
Meanwhile check out Andrew's blog for regular updates on his work and some pretty stunning views.

Stick Men On Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 12, 2015
Stick Men - Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter - are off around the world again, starting in South America later this month.

You can check out the tour dates right here.

Radio Prog
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 12, 2015
Conductor Charles Hazlewoodís exploration of progressive rock is on the BBC iPlayer with 29 days left to listen. Bill Bruford talks about the era including his time in Yes, King Crimson and Earthworks.

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 11, 2015
Here's a classic from the vaults given a Mundy make-over: The Sheltering Sky up-close and personal. Check it out here. 

The Orchestra Begins
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 11, 2015
A reminder that the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists XI are staging a special performance project this month.  The course starts Tuesday, May 19, 2015 to Monday, May 25, 2015 ∑ Casa Stella Maris, Caorle, Italy. Check out the details here. 

Bill Bruford On The Radio
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 7, 2015
Bill Bruford is one of the musicians taking part in BBC Radio 2's four-part documentary series exploring progressive rock. Bill discusses the music with presenter, Charles Hazlewood in the first episode on Monday 11th May at 10.00 p.m. You can read more about the series here. 

Crimson! Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 5, 2015
Roger Farbey was at the London premier of Crimson! by ex-Earthworks pianist, Gwilym Simcock and the Delta Saxophone Quartet. You can read his review here. Also don't forget you can listen to an interview with Simcock and hear live extracts of their arrangements of KC tunes, Two Hands and The Great Deceiver over on the Radio 3 iPlayer which will be available for the next 24 days.

Going, Going, Grooveshark Gone
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., May 1, 2015
Grooveshark, the online music service youíll recall who used to upload artists music without licenses and then pretend it was being done by their users, have closed down.

This message was posted on their website.

Dear music fans,
Today we are shutting down Grooveshark.

We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite [the] best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.

As part of a settlement agreement with the major record companies, we have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all the data on our servers and hand over ownership of this website, our mobile apps and intellectual property, including our patents and copyrights.

At that time of our launch, few music services provided the experience we wanted to offer ≠and think you deserve. Fortunately, thatís no longer the case. There are now hundreds of fan friendly, affordable services available for you to choose from, including Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, Rhapsody and Rdio, among many others.

If you love music and respect the artists, songwriters and everyone else who makes great music possible, use a licensed service that compensates artists and other rights holders.

You can find out more about the many great services available where you live here: http://whymusicmatters.com/find-music.

It has been a privilege getting to know so many of you and enjoying great music together. Thank you for being such passionate fans.

Yours in music,

Your friends at GroovesharkĒ

Long-term visitors to this site will recall Grooveshark infringed King Crimsonís copyright numerous times. In 2011 DGM began issuing take-down notices. Grooveshark would remove the material which would then mysteriously pop up a day later and the process would start again. Nothing to do with us, they would claim and so it would go on...

Robert Fripp diary 17th August 2011

Robert Fripp dairy 12th September 2011

After the correspondence between DGM and Grooveshark appeared in the pages of Digital Music News, a whistleblower who worked at Grooveshark came forward in the comments section:

I work for Grooveshark. Here is some information from the trenches:

We are assigned a predetermined ammount of weekly uploads to the system and get a small extra bonus if we manage to go above that (not easy).The assignments are assumed as direct orders from the top to the bottom, we donít just volunteer to "enhance" the Grooveshark database.

All search results are monitored and when something is tagged as "not available", it getís queued up to our lists for upload. You have to visualize the database in two general sections: "known" stuff and "undiscovered/indie/underground". The "known" stuff is taken care internally by uploads. Only for the "undiscovered" stuff are the users involved as explained in some posts above. Practically speaking, there is not much need for users to upload a major label album since we already take care of this on a daily basis.

Are the above legal, or ethical? Of course not. Donít reply to give me a lecture. I know. But if the labels and their laywers canít figure out how to stop it, then I donít feel bad for having a job. Itís tough times.

Why am I disclosing all this? Well, I have been here a while and I donít like the attitude that the administration has aquired against the artists. They are the enemy. They are the threat. The things that are said internally about them would make you very very angry. Interns are promised getting a foot in the music industry, only to hear these people cursing and bad mouthing the whole industry all day long, to the point where you wonder what would happen if Grooveshark getís hacked by Anonymous one day and all the emails leak on some torrent or something.

And, to confirm the fears of the members of King Crimson, there is no way in hell you can get your stuff down. They are already tagged since you sent in your first complaint. The administration knows that you canít afford to sue for infringement."

All of which (and more) is detailed in Robert Frippís diary 20th October 2011.

This post was included in the legal action taken out by UMG, Sony and Warners against Grooveshark which eventually led to the settlement announced today.

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