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Robert Fripp

Throughout his career, guitarist Robert Fripp has continually pushed the boundaries of pop music, as well as pursuing many avant-garde and experimental musical ideas. Fripp began playing professionally with the League of Gentlemen in the mid-'60s, providing instrumental support to many American singers who were touring England. During this time he began Giles, Giles and Fripp with Pete and Mike Giles. The trio only released one album, 1968's The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp, yet the group soon evolved into King Crimson.

Following the release of their 1969 debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, King Crimson became one of the most respected progressive rock acts of its era. From 1969 to 1974, Fripp was the one mainstay in the group, leading it through its various musical incarnations.

During this time, he pursued several side projects away from King Crimson. Fripp recorded two albums with Brian Eno: No Pussyfooting (1972) and Evening Star (1974). Both of the albums featured the musicians experimenting with avant-garde techniques, including Fripp's "Frippertronics." Frippertronics featured layers of guitars and tape loops, producing a harmonically rich, humming sound; it became a familiar sound on his records. Fripp also produced a handful of albums, mainly records by experimental jazz outfits.

In 1974, Fripp disbanded King Crimson and retired from music. Three years later, he returned to the business, playing on David Bowie's "Heroes." Soon afterward, he produced and played on Peter Gabriel's second self-titled album, as well as Daryl Hall's Sacred Songs. Fripp released his first solo album, Exposure, in 1979. God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manner appeared the following year and in 1981, he assembled a new lineup of King Crimson. While that band recorded and performed, he also led a new band which borrowed its name from his first group, the League of Gentlemen. After releasing three albums, the new version of King Crimson broke up in 1984; The League of Gentlemen split soon afterward.

Fripp released God Save the King in 1985 and began teaching guitar, dubbing his students and school the League of Crafty Guitarists; he released an album recorded with his Crafty Guitarists in 1986, the same year he released the first of two collaborations with his wife, Toyah Wilcox. Fripp re-formed the '80s lineup of King Crimson in late 1994, releasing Thrak in 1995. He returned to recording solo in 1997, releasing That Which Passes. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Mad genius!
moyerwj62
I saw the King Crimson Thrak tour. Only time I saw Fripp who was in darkness, playing without seeing in the second tier seat to the left of and behind Adrian Belew. He is without a doubt the most accurate and self-effacin g guitar man I ever saw. Wow, what a show.
Robert Fripp is always the best in how he puts Music together you fly when you hear it!
esceotiti
Loved At the End of Time from Churchscapes . Also had the good fortune to see Mr. Fripp during his Frippertroni c s tour of US record stores. And then there was the Larks' Tongues In Aspic tour ..........
I remember going to Peaches Records in Dallas, Tx to see RF give a demonstratio n of Frippertroni c s , I was 13 and totally blown away
master Fripp /\ Fripp master
Makes want to drink a Frippacino!
cowniew
I recently had the opportunity to listen to the Fripp talks with his sister Patricia. I Think this is a great source of information for aspiring artists in all fields. I've got to get that 2 disc release of No Pussyfooting . I've been into the original since it was released. Also, concerning the shout on VDGG. Fripp collaborated on their 1971 and 1972 masterpieces . Great comment frankwhetsti n e .
frankwhetsti n e
For those so inclined, I recommend the talk Fripp gives with his sister, Patricia, on YouTube. He has a great Hendrix story. Also, to go in even deeper, there is the Fripp, Unplugged collection of talks he gave after solo gigs a number of years ago. Finally, the 2 disc release of No Pussyfooting cast a bright light of scrutiny on one of the most important guitar albums of all time, backwards versions of Swastika & Heavenly and the mighty half-speed version of The Heavenly Music Corp.
Fripp is, above all, a great artist, continually pushing in such directions. Fripp + Eno=Heaven
jr_201255
needless to say he is my ultimate favorite and musical mentor, for more brilliance try rahsan roland kirk this guy plays multiple horns at the same time he can blow incredible duetsthe very best saxaphoneist of all time!
jr_201255
i respect rob ultimately he uses enharmonic scales fluently as for time signatures how about 13 count!wow the man is ultimate brilliance, all i can say is WOW!
But concerning Fripp, I knew dozens of people who said the Exposure album changed their life. Most of them would still stand by that testament 32 years later.... a way of life ... a way of life ...
any Van Der Graff Generator fans out there?
Is that Daryl Hall on vocals?
cowniew
One of the greatest and most original guitarists of all time. What a portfolio Fripp has. Way too creative and innovative for the R&R Hall of fame. I actually believe that it would be an insult to his genius and body of work.
really where would we be without and his many collaboratio n s
14739578
Robert Fripp reminds me of Philip Glass the way he attacks Music
a source of joy for over four decades. no politics, no moral low ground, just musical elation. Thanks Mr. Fripp.
forever grateful to Larry the college boyfriend for turning me onto Fripp, Eno and Zappa....
Ever changing. A true artist in an age of 15 minute fame
cjhughes28
Mind boggling cover of Gabriel's 'Exposure'.
piercmar
probably the best orchestratio n the progressive music world has every seen and will remain legend
lsutgr1910
Fortunate to have seen King Crimson several times-small and large venues. A band that never disappoints.
sensational artistry, truely a composer worthy of recognition
This and Another Green World - Two of the best of all time. Tom your joking about KC and Sunshine band right?
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he is the one on the left, just in case.
tomg79
he also play with k c and the sun shine band

billhippenst e e l
Hey, am I crazy, or did Robert Fripp do a cover for the song; "I'm a believer"? circa 1976?
Dude, Tom is f**kin lucky.
Its good to find other KC lovers
I want in on that party!!
elmaestrocub a n o
Bionic tranny party at my place, tonight!
One of the most creatively honest musicians of his era. Absolutely fearless and brilliant.
thiles2006
first concert I ever saw was King Crimson and Redbone in Greenwich village NYC, kick a$$ show
cfh0426
FRIPP KICKS A**....GOOD TA SEE PEOPLE WHO APPRECIATE GREAT GENIUS ON HERE...
CHEERS.....
dmarks45
I have been listening to this since In the Court of the Crimson King came out, and I have seen them several times. Anyway, whenever I need to recalibrate back to my roots this is where I do it - Robert Fripp Rules.
Fripp still blows my mind.
He also released two albums after Thrak including Happy with what you have to be Happy with. Kickass albums.
I was 16 when I discovered him and gabriel in 1978 then adrian belew followed- still Daryl Hall Sacred Songs was his best solo work due to his rwlatsionshi p with these men
this is not pop music... i love it

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