Robert Fripp has been getting out of vans and tourbuses as a working musician
for 44 years in July 2005, and as a professional musician for 35 years.
Taking up the guitar at the age of eleven, overcoming obstacles such
as being left-handed, tone-deaf and with no sense of rhythm, Fripp nevertheless
went on to create a distinctive guitar style and approach that has seen
him work with musicians as diverse as Blondie, The Orb, Talking Heads,
The Damned, Robert Wyatt, Daryl Hall, The Future Sound of London, The
Roches, Andy Summers, David Bowie, Brian Eno, The Stranglers, David
Sylvian and, of course, Peter Gabriel.
Along with groundbreaking collaborations and decisive contributions
to such classic albums as No Pussyfooting (with Brian Eno) and Heroes (David Bowie), Fripp is probably best known as the co-founder and continuing
member of the seminal rock group, King Crimson.
Their 1969 debut, In The Court of the Crimson
King, had a profound
impact on the music scene of the day, influencing many groups and musicians
including prog-rock luminaries such as Yes and Genesis. Albums such
as Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (1973), Red (1974), Discipline (1981)
and The Power To Believe (2003) demonstrate that over its 35 year career,
King Crimson has consistently produced challenging, ambitious and innovative
Always active, Fripp is the founder of the Guitar
Craft seminar programme
(March 25th.1985) which continues to hold numerous and ongoing classes
around the world. He has also worked extensively as a solo artist, releasing
ten solo albums and touring initially with Frippertronics (developed
from Brian Eno’s tape delay system) during the late 70s and more
recently Soundscapes – a process he describes as the best way
he knows to make a lot of noise with one guitar.
In 2004 Fripp was busy touring Europe and North and South America as
one third of G3 with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, as well as completing
a third Fripp and Eno album, The Equatorial Stars. In 2005 Robert is
working and writing new material for the latest incarnation of King
Crimson with guitarist / singer Adrian Belew, bassist Tony Levin and
drummer Pat Mastelotto, organising DGM recorded archives, continuing
to instruct at Guitar Craft courses, and Soundscaping.
Whitley Bay, March 2005
Read Robert's diary.
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|Royal Bath & West Showground
Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Jul. 17, 1982|
With King Crimson keeping him fairly busy during 1982, there were only two Frippertronics gigs. The first took place in the US in June and the following month he was one of the guest players at the very first WOMAD
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|PNC Art Centre
Jun. 21, 1997|
Fresh from his remarkable four-day residency at Salisbury Cathedral, Robert is sharing the stage with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Kenny Wayne Shepherd as part of G4. It’s the fourth date on the tour, and RF’s strategy for bringing the
|On This Day
Dec. 11, 2005|
On the last night of the Porcupine Tree tour, Fripp launches into a set of entrancing soundscapes that dazzle and beguile.