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  1. says:

    They took 12 hours to get a drum sound and it was still shite They shouldn t have used drums they should have used my dick That would have pleased Richard Williams Gordon HaskellMy favorite quote of the book.


  2. says:

    Definitely not a quick read, but a really in depth look at one of my favourite bands in it s various incarnations Ever reinventing itself, King Crimson is an absolute stalwart of the Progressive Rock world and with good reason whether Fripp likes the term or not Sid Smith does a fantastic job with chronicling the band from it s barest beginnings up through 2003 and we know it s gone throughchanges since Besides the historical meanderings, he has a wonderful way of describing music t Definitely not a quick read, but a really in depth look at one of my favourite bands in it s various incarnations Ever reinventing itself, King Crimson is an absolute stalwart of the Progressive Rock world and with good reason whether Fripp likes the term or not Sid Smith does a fantastic job with chronicling the band from it s barest beginnings up through 2003 and we know it s gone throughchanges since Besides the historical meanderings, he has a wonderful way of describing music that is almost indescribable, in the final section, the Annotated Gigography, which doesn t cover every single date, but certainly covers a lot of territory, quite vividly Decidedly a wonderful book for lifelong Crimson fans.I was able to catch some live shows of this band during the Wetton as singer bassist era in the 70 s in Los Angeles, and then in 1995 in Denver I so wish I d been able to attend manyshows, as the descriptives of the shows are just fantastic and you realize how much each individual show has it s own character, as so much is improvised by the band and always has been Hopefully I will see them onetime at least in this lifetime Some standout lines from the book, in my opinion and perhaps to pique your interest The album and the band would become regarded as standard bearers in the progressive rock movement of the 1970 s In 1969 progressive was a term applied to folk, blues, jazz and other forms of music and generally taken to mean it was moving forward or making a break with accepted traditions It as not until the end of the 70 s that the term became a generic pigeonhole Describing the three drummers in the front configuration, Fripp says what is creative thinking You look at something and the answer appears in front of you It s not a rational process A creative insight is instantaneous From Bill Rieflin Crimson is a living, vibrating organism it s like all of the point on a circle, each one has equal value but essentially it s an organism working to find it s way In describing the idea of no real front person for the band around 2014 and a way of dealing with RF s dislike of flash photography, In much the way as a classical chamber orchestra might be presented, the visual focus rested solely upon the ensemble Talking to music journalist Mark Derry in 1984, Fripp said Most people assume that a musician creates music, but I don t look at it that way at all I d say music creates the musician In time, one develops a relationship with the music where it s not what one requires of the music but what the music requires of the musician And it s only at this point that anything worthwhile happens where you recognise that music not only has a life of its own that the life the music has isreal than life itself Trey Gunn on his part on Warr guitar on The ConstruKction of Light, title track I was so up about this track, I wanted to do , but I ran out of hands Listening to music wakes us up both superficially and profoundly It makes us feel fiercely alive, or as though we are discovering some arcane, secret knowledge It can make us experience a clarity of thought that borders on the mystic That it can do all of this, and so much , speaks to the remarkable, transformative power it carries Half a century on the formation of KC, the world is a profoundly different place In 1969 it looked and felt a though music could, and might, change the world.where it once was the only game in town it has now become incidental music on a game or a muted soundtrack to a much bigger game..Music has joined wisdom in William Blake s desolate market where none come to buy In a world bent out of shape by greed, cynicism and paranoia, it turns out that nothing we ve got, we really need


  3. says:

    For a fan like me it was very interesting Well written and very thorough


  4. says:

    An uncompromising history of a rock band that had, as percussionist Jamie Muir said,than three brain cells The never ending personal and musical clashes chronicled here make it all theremarkable that King Crimson managed to produce so much excellent music.Every fan of the band will have his or her favorite passages One of mine concerns the aforementioned Jamie Muir, whose tenure with the band was short, but memorable Paul Wetton and Bill Bruford were completely taken aback wh An uncompromising history of a rock band that had, as percussionist Jamie Muir said,than three brain cells The never ending personal and musical clashes chronicled here make it all theremarkable that King Crimson managed to produce so much excellent music.Every fan of the band will have his or her favorite passages One of mine concerns the aforementioned Jamie Muir, whose tenure with the band was short, but memorable Paul Wetton and Bill Bruford were completely taken aback when they saw Jamie on stage Nothing in the rehearsal rooms had given a hint of this With obvious affection, Bruford recalls He was a remarkable guy and a performance artist as well I didn t really understand that percussion was only part of it The performance art was another side to him and he would cheerfully scale the PA stacks while the band was playing, with blood pouring out of his mouth and a little caveman fur jacket on, looking like a complete wild man


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    Sid Smith is such a good writer, so expressive about the songs, an incredible wordsmith I so much enjoyed playing all the songs while reading his descriptions It was like listening to them all anew As good as they all are, this book made them better for the most part anyways. The interviews and capturing of the scenes in the life of this very special band are likewise illuminating, almost like you re travelling with KC I almost cried over Fripp s heartbreak when McDonald left, and felt that Sid Smith is such a good writer, so expressive about the songs, an incredible wordsmith I so much enjoyed playing all the songs while reading his descriptions It was like listening to them all anew As good as they all are, this book made them better for the most part anyways. The interviews and capturing of the scenes in the life of this very special band are likewise illuminating, almost like you re travelling with KC I almost cried over Fripp s heartbreak when McDonald left, and felt that the author shadowed McDonald s confusion, discontent so realistically.Where Smith stumbles, it s where most of the rock and pop culture authors do, feeding us wide eyed accounts of sex and drug usage Personally I think these are cheap shots I could care less At these junctures, the book descends to the tabloid level In another insult to the reader, Smith slips out of character and seems to be reviewing the band s records, like when discussing Pictures of a City, he proclaims that Schizoid Man had already charted much of this territory Really I beg to differ I think Smith should better comprehend that his work is going to be devoured by people who worship the musical ground his subjects trod


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    Great bio of the band, carefully researched, The author gives a song by song analysis of every album, from the beginnings of Giles, Giles Fripp up to their latest material late 90s I was fortunate enough to find this book at my local library, it s a bit pricey if you want to buy it, don t really know why Fripp is a musical hero of mine, but I ve always thought he s a bit obnoxious and this book perfectly illustrates why, but without this obnoxious side, King Crimson wouldn t have been as g Great bio of the band, carefully researched, The author gives a song by song analysis of every album, from the beginnings of Giles, Giles Fripp up to their latest material late 90s I was fortunate enough to find this book at my local library, it s a bit pricey if you want to buy it, don t really know why Fripp is a musical hero of mine, but I ve always thought he s a bit obnoxious and this book perfectly illustrates why, but without this obnoxious side, King Crimson wouldn t have been as great as they are.Great book, any Crimson fan would enjoy


  7. says:

    A very detailed and fascinating biography of one of the great bands, who celebrated their 50th Jubilee last year This is the revised edition which came out last year, and is indispensable for anyone who likes King Crimson.


  8. says:

    Great book 5 stars if it had an index and simple discography, family tree.


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    One of the great ironies about my relationship with my favorite band is that I first discovered King Crimson nearly a year after they dissolved in 1984 As such, my initial education came from listening to the band s albums In the internet era, I began to learnandBut Sid Smith s excellent volume puts things in order for me I knew a lot of what was covered in this book But there was also plenty to read about that I didn t know My only gripe has nothing to do with the author or One of the great ironies about my relationship with my favorite band is that I first discovered King Crimson nearly a year after they dissolved in 1984 As such, my initial education came from listening to the band s albums In the internet era, I began to learnandBut Sid Smith s excellent volume puts things in order for me I knew a lot of what was covered in this book But there was also plenty to read about that I didn t know My only gripe has nothing to do with the author or his work at all He stopped the book just as Crimson was preparing to record The Power to Believe, released in 2003 As that release is probably my favorite since Discipline in 1981, I would have loved to learnabout the process that went into that album But if I am reading my blogs correctly, I will be getting my wish soon, as Sid is updating this work It is also my understanding that there will be a lotinput from Robert Fripp aside from his approval of the project But until that book surfaces, this book willthan suffice to learn about all things King Crimson


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    Having followed King Crimson since 1969 I ploughed into this book eagerly was not disappointed In some ways it s as uncompromising as their music Although the author is a fan he is most definitely not a fan boy criticizes where he sees fit It s a pity the book stops just short of their final so far studio album The Power To Believe, for me their best ever King Crimson is a bunch several bunches of serious musicians led by a serious curmudgeon who have constantly created serious music Having followed King Crimson since 1969 I ploughed into this book eagerly was not disappointed In some ways it s as uncompromising as their music Although the author is a fan he is most definitely not a fan boy criticizes where he sees fit It s a pity the book stops just short of their final so far studio album The Power To Believe, for me their best ever King Crimson is a bunch several bunches of serious musicians led by a serious curmudgeon who have constantly created serious music for the serious listener with a couple of playful diversions into Cat Food territory They have never toured Australia but I did get to see the Adrian Belew Tony Levin led Crimson ProjeKct this year it was truly awesome Fripp has recently formed yet another new Crimson, minus Belew but with 3 drummers including Porcupine Tree s Gavin Harrison They won t tour Australia either bastards so I ll have to wait for the inevitable live CDs Long may they reign


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In the Court of King Crimson [PDF / EPUB] In the Court of King Crimson King Crimson s masterpiece In The Court Of The Crimson King, was a huge US chart hit The band followed it with further albums of consistently challenging, distinctive and innovative music Drawing on King Crimson Court of Epub à smasterpiece In The Court Of The Crimson King, was a huge US chart hit The band followed it withfurther albums of consistently challenging, distinctive and innovative music Drawing on hours of new interviews, and encouraged by Crimson supremo Robert Fripp, the author traces the band s turbulent history year by year, track by track.