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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 music.

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.

Sid Smith
Whitley Bay, March 2005

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New Release Posted: 27 April 2015
Record Revolution    Cleveland, OH, USA    Jun. 14, 1979
Having spent most of May in Europe the following month, the Frippertronic roadshow turned its attention toward America. By the time he pitched up in Cleveland Ohio, Fripp had already notched eleven appearances in radio stations, coffee shops, clubs and

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PNC Art Centre    Holmdel, NJ    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

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St. Michael & All Saints    Bishop’s Cleeve, UK    May. 22, 2009
Although the titles to several of the tracks may be the same as those at Broad Chalke, the performance in front of a large audience has a much grander and at times, darker feel, to the previous

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