King Crimson: A 21st Century Guide, Part 3
The Return of King Crimson
1981 brought a new development to the musical landscape that was very surprising and confusing to many music fans: Robert Fripp announced the formation of a new version of King Crimson that would go on tour as well as releasing a new album. While the return of King Crimson was unexpected, it didn’t create the kind of controversy and confusion that the actual band did. Fripp, of course, was the only original member of the band, and he brought drummer Bill Bruford, a member of the group’s 1973-74 model, to the table as well.
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Art of the Album
In the Court of the Crimson King by Barry Godber
The story goes that Crimson lyricist Peter Sinfield asked Barry Godber, the only artist he knew, to paint something for In the Court of the Crimson King that would get the album noticed in record stores. Sinfield, working a day job as a computer programmer at the time, created the iconic cover, an illustration of the song “21st Century Schizoid Man”and the lesser known inside art, a representation of the sad-eyed but smiling Crimson King.
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Part 1: 1969-1974
King Crimson burst onto a musical scene that was replete with experimentalism, the addition of new levels of musicianship and a blending of stylistic elements in rock and popular music. Just as the global political, cultural, and social climates were engaged in heady change, so was the musical landscape. Interestingly, jazz music also underwent a similar stage at this time, and crossover between jazz and rock was increasingly the norm.
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