CURIOUS FACTS ABOUT KING CRIMSON
name King Crimson was adopted from a line of a romantic poesie of the
author Peter Sinfield, who joined Robert Fripp in 1968. He was mainly
responsible for the lightshow and did the roadmanagement. The name stood
in the story as a synonym for the beezlebub.
The first record
of Robert Fripp, Michael and Peter Giles - "The Cheerful
Insanity Of Giles, Giles & Fripp" sold less than 500 times.
King Crimson was founded
on the 13th of january 1969 at the London Fulham Palace Cafe.
The biggest concert King
Crimson ever had played so far, took place on the 5th of July 1969 at the
London Hydepark in front of 700.000 fans. It was a supportslot for the
Rolling Stones and also the very first gig under the name King Crimson.
"Court Of The
Crimson King, which is still the most successful album of the band, took 4
years to make. It reached no. 5 in the english charts and no. 28 in the
US-top 40. Ironically the original line-up broke up the day, the album
reached it's peak. Psychological strain split the group, and Robert Fripp
was so shaken, that he offered to leave the band, so King Crimson could
exist without him.
The Crimson line-up,
which Robert Fripp recalled to life in 1972, consisted of ex-Yes-drummer
Bill Bruford, ex-Family member John Wetton, violinist David Cross and
Jamie Muir on percussions (recorded the pieces "Larks & Tongues
In Aspic" and "Starless & Bible Black") was the first
line-up, which existed longer than only one US-tour. It lasted (without
Jamie Muir) at least for two years.
Percussionist Jamie Muir
injured himself on stage at the London Marquee-club on february the 10th
in 1973. He had to take off the following evening as well not knowing,
that he won't ever stand on a stage together with Crimson. Apparently he
later went to a tibetian monastery.
Robert Fripp took over
Brian Eno's (who's also known in Roxy Music) special guitar technics,
developed with echoes and special effects an overdubbed style and called it
from now on "Frippatonics".
Robert Fripp's inbetween
project "League Of Gentlemen" released in the beginning the
record "Heptaparaparshinolek", which included an interesting
B-side entitled "Marriagemusic". It lasts 11min. 45sec and is
preferably played on 33 rpm.
Fripp's other project
"Discipline" debuted on 30th of april 1981 in a vegetarian
restaurant and winebar named "Moles" in Bath/England. The group
did a 45-dates worldtour and changed their name during the journey back to
King Crimson and only gave the record the name "Discipline". The
tour ended at the same vegetarian restaurant in Bath just before x-mas.
16th of may 1986, his 40th birthday, Robert Fripp got married to former
punkrocker "Toyah". They formed the band "Fripp Fripp"
together with guitarist Trey Gunn and drummer Paul Beavis, named
themselves "Sunday All Over The World" and released an album
entitled "Kneeling At The Shrine".
"Robert Fripp - From King Crimson To Guitar Craft", which was
written and published by author and guitarist Eric Tamm was criticised by
Fripp as absolute rubbish. He even wanted to block the publishing. . Fripp
only agreed with chapter 10, in which the author discribes his
relationship to Fripp during the year 1986.
intend to buy the album "In The Court Of The Crimson King" you
should take notice of the cover. Only when it says - "Distributed by
Caroline Records" it is 100% perfect and technically absolutely
matter, how often a Crimson song is released either on vinyl or CD,
studio-, live or Bootleg, it will never sound exactly the same.
past, Robert Fripp has yet declared King Crimson at least 20 times for
The new album of King Crimson is tentatively named "The Power To Believe". There has been no release date announced yet.