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Fred Frith: Speechless (Ralph Records); Robert Fripp: Let The Power Fall (Editions E.G.)

Roy Trakin, Musician, August 1981

WHEN IS A guitarist not a guitarist? What distinguishes pop music from avant-garde or classical? Why is most cerebral music purely instrumental? Can you dance to ambient music? Is rock 'n' roll distinguished by its beat?

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