Library Rock's Backpages

King Crimson

King Crimson

48 articles

Free articles

A Chat with Mr. Fripp

Interview by Cynthia Rose, Viz, 1980

ROBERT FRIPP is a musician, theoretician, theologian and, as his colleague David Bowie (referred by Fripp as "Mr. B") points out, "probably the man with ...

List of articles in the library

By date | By writer | Most recently added

King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson

Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, 13 June 1969

[NOTE: The first two paragraphs of this piece – along with one or two others – appear to bear no relation whatsoever to Mark's piece... ...

The Rolling Stones, King Crimson, Family: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, New Society, 10 July 1969

2018 author's introduction:  This was the third rock concert filmed by Granada Television for the UK national network in 1968 and 1969, the first two ...

The Rolling Stones et al: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 12 July 1969

CHRIS WELCH SAYS: 'Somehow the magic worked' ...

King Crimson: In The Court Of The Crimson King (Island ILPS 9111)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, 10 October 1969

THE ULTIMATE Album. There is little one can fault with it; the arrangements make masterful use of multi-tracking, compressing and reducing, the standard of playing ...

The Nice, King Crimson: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, 25 October 1969

THE NICE are an incredible band. At every one of their concerts there's always something new; something which only the Nice can do. ...

King Crimson, Gypsy: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 5 December 1969

King Crimson Opens Its Rock 'n' Roll Stand ...

King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King

Review by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, 27 December 1969

THERE ARE CERTAIN problems to be encountered by any band that is consciously avant-garde. In attempting to sound "farout" the musicians inevitably impose on themselves ...

King Crimson's New Court

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 17 October 1970

ROBERT FRIPP doesn't look like a rock star with those funny little spectacles through which he watches a world that's still to feel the full ...

Reincarnation of King Crimson

Report by Richard Williams, The Times, 2 December 1970

IN THE PAST, pop music has taken it for granted that its groups would stay together; when a musician has left a band, or the ...

Mcdonald & Giles (Cotillion)

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, 18 March 1971

IGNORING THE TINY VOICE from within that insisted that, having cared for King Crimson not one iota, I would probably not find the work of ...

King Crimson: Zoom Club, Frankfurt

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 24 April 1971

AFTER MORE than a year off the road, King Crimson slid quietly back into public performance last week with a hush-hush four-day stint in Germany. ...

King Crimson Take To The Road!

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, 8 May 1971

IT'S HARDLY surprising that King Crimson are scared stiff at the prospect of their first British gig, for it will be the first time they've ...

Jack Bruce, Roy Harper, King Crimson: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 11 September 1971

AFTER THE confusion that reigned at Weeley, it has become quite apparent that you don't need every band that lives, breathes and plugs in to ...

King Crimson/Roy Harper/Jack Bruce: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 11 September 1971

JUDGING BY THE weather this week, the title of Saturday's free concert in Hyde Park – "Farewell To Summer" – was a little premature. And ...

King Crimson

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, January 1972

Pete Sinfield is, of course the Bernie Taupin... the Keith Reid... of King Crimson. Together with Robert Fripp he forms the lowest common denominator of ...

King Crimson: Reshuffle At The Court Of The King

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, 8 January 1972

"WE'VE ALL gone through our various changes and Peter and I came out at different places." ...

King Crimson, Fairport Convention: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 21 March 1972

KING CRIMSON, which performed locally for the first time in two years Sunday afternoon at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, is the very embodiment of ...

King Crimson: Fripp Finds the Answer

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc, 27 May 1972 White magic, coloured candles and a witch called Walli Emlark ...

King Crimson: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 1973

IT'S A ROCK concert evening and the stalls are filling to the accompaniment of music played over the public address system. A review-functionary takes his ...

Under the Influence — This Week: Bill Bruford of King Crimson

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

JOHN McLAUGHLIN: 'Pete The Poet'. From Extrapolation. Fantastic — well, that whole album is. Very fast, tight bop playing and some great drums from Tony ...

King Crimson: Marquee, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

THE MARQUEE MAY be an ace gig as far as groups are concerned but, for audiences, it can be most uncomfortable – particularly when the ...

King Crimson: Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Island).

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

A NICE RECORD of pleasant, middle-of-the-road music which should prove a great favourite with everybody's mum and dad this Easter. Bill Bruford's whistling has improved ...

King Crimson/Claire Hammill: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 24 March 1973

ON SUNDAY night, at that big weird place in Finsbury Park, Messrs. Derek Moss, Bart Brassert, Don Wilton and Rodney Frock most certainly did not ...

King Crimson, Spooky Tooth, the Strawbs: Academy of Music, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 3 May 1973


Pete Sinfield Has A Nose For Success

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 13 May 1973

PETE SINFIELD is a poet, and such men do not abound on the music scene. There is Pete Brown of course, and many a lyricist ...

King Crimson: Lark's Tongue In Aspic (Atlantic SD 7263)

Review by Gary Lucas, Zoo World, 5 July 1973

ONE THING you gotta say about Robert Fripp, the auteur behind King Crimson, is that he's ambitious. After perfecting his mellotron-dominated "death of the universe" ...

King Crimson: Latest Shade of Crimson

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 4 August 1973

SOME REPORTS from America suggested that King Crimson's recent tour had bombed completely. Others maintained that everything had gone according to plot and that audience ...

King Crimson: Robert Fripp…Super Stud?

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 18 August 1973

"I AM," MUSES Robert Fripp, "already a living legend."The light breeze ruffles his curly locks. He settles back in the plastic garden chair, sips his ...

Robert Fripp: Head, Heart and Hips

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

ROBERT FRIPP doesn't give many interviews – which is silly because he's a shrewd, witty, and engrossing man who, when he's not sitting on a ...

In the Court of the Crimson King

Profile by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, September 1973

KING CRIMSON’S launch in 1969 was a classic case of subliminal hype. From every musical corner that summer, with Teutonic fanfares, new super-groups appeared almost ...

Robert Fripp: The Sexual Athlete

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

ROBERT FRIPP paused in a virtuoso display of cross-picking on Francisco Tarrega's 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra', the interlude music he'd chosen between the two parts ...

King Crimson’s Robert Fripp

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, May 1974

ROBERT FRIPP, lead guitarist with English rock King Crimson, conspicuous personality by appearing inconspicuous. Rather than stand when performing, he perches himself on a stool, ...

Greg Lake

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, September 1974

GREG LAKE IS the surrounded L in ELP, the British trio which has brought to the forefront the power of classical music in a rock ...

King Crimson: Red

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

THE PREVIOUS two albums by this final King Crimson lineup have never been as hysterically self-conscious in their obvious adventurousness as the first four studio ...

Robert Fripp: Why I Killed the King

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 5 October 1974

KING CRIMSON finally abdicated last week. But the end came with a whimper, an official statement merely commented that the band had "ceased to exist". ...

Uriah Heep: Ex-Crimson Bass Man Seduced

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 22 March 1975


Robert Fripp: Retiring Fripp

Interview by Jon Tiven, International Musician & Recording World, June 1975

Fripp's King Crimson brought a new meaning to the word "tight". For a short time the band represented a pinnacle of British rock achievement. Since ...

A Small Mobile Intelligent Independent Double Album???

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

King Crimson: A Young Person's Guide To King Crimson (Island) ...

UK: John Wetton

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1979

"IT'S NOT insecurity, but I always like to I work with other people in groups. I think that's the strongest thing. When you take a ...

King Crimson: Robert Fripp's Chocolate Cake Discipline

Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, February 1982

In The Court Of The Crimson King, Phase II ...

Robert Fripp: The 21st Century Man Sounds Off

Profile and Interview by Mark Dery, Record, November 1985

HE BEGAN, by his own admission, tone deaf and with "no sense of rhythm." He is a spit-shined, manicured man whose "best subjects at school ...

King Crimson

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1995

"KING CRIMSON," says Adrian Belew, "does a brand of music that no-one else does, a sound that no-one else makes." Robert Fripp calls it "the ...

Robert Wyatt: Invisible Jukebox

Interview by Mike Barnes, The Wire, December 1995

Every month we play a musician a series of records which they're asked to identify and comment on — with no prior knowledge of what ...

Ian Wallace, 1946-2007

Obituary by Alan Clayson, The Guardian, 27 April 2007

Drummer with King Crimson and Bob Dylan   ...

Robert Fripp: "I'm a very difficult person to work with"

Interview by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2014

Guitarist Robert Fripp influenced David Bowie and Peter Gabriel, but it's only the latest revival of his band King Crimson that has brought out his ...

"A force entirely of itself": Robert Fripp on the difficult legacy of King Crimson

Report and Interview by Jim Farber, The Guardian, 16 March 2022

The complicated and fractious history of the prog-rock titans is explored in revealing new documentary In the Court of the Crimson King. ...

Toby Amies (dir.): In the Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson at 50

Film/DVD/TV Review by Irina Shtreis, Louder Than War, 20 December 2022

In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50, a documentary by Toby Amies, unveils the "acute suffering" of one of the artiest ...

see also Asia

see also Robert Fripp

see also McDonald and Giles

see also Pete Sinfield

see also UK

see also Greg Lake

see also Jamie Muir


back to LIBRARY