king crimson Archive

Take 5: Five John Wetton Recordings You Should Know

John Wetton was best known as the lead singer and bassist with Asia. Between 1982 and 1990 the supergroup landed ten singles on the U.S. mainstream hit singles chart; half […]

Interview Roundup: King Crimson

When it comes to progressive music, King Crimson is the heaviest of heavyweights, the most gigantic of giants. Since their formation in 1969 and through myriad changes in personnel and […]

March Through Time: King Crimson

I first discovered King Crimson in my freshman year of college. They had just reunited in their four-man configuration (Fripp, Belew, Bruford and Levin), and I found them thanks to […]

King Crimson’s Brutal Finesse, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Songs like “Indiscipline” have undergone nearly total reinvention: where in the ‘80s, Adrian Belew delivered the song’s odd, inscrutable lyrics in spoken-word fashion, these days Jakko […]

King Crimson’s Brutal Finesse, Part One

Some bands make a career out of writing and recording the same album over and over. Close your eyes and there’s little difference between the albums made by classic rockers […]

One (More) Time: King Crimson’s ‘THRAK’ at 25

As guitarist and founder Robert Fripp likes to say, King Crimson is less a band and more “a way of doing things.” Throughout its long and storied history, that has […]

The Drive to 1981 Begins: A Look Back at Robert Fripp’s Masterful ‘Exposure’ (Part 2)

Continued from Part One … Fans of King Crimson’s Red receive a wonderful treat with “Breathless.” Though the specific players on each track aren’t noted, the song – very much […]

The Drive to 1981 Begins: A Look Back at Robert Fripp’s Masterful ‘Exposure’ (Part 1)

Guitarist Robert Fripp has long been one of music’s most intriguing figures. Largely operating outside the pop mainstream (and, when he can, outside the traditional machinery of the music business […]

I Talk to the Wind (and Other Instruments): The Ian McDonald Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One… By 1976 McDonald was involved in the founding of a new and very different group. Joined by ex-Spooky Tooth guitarist Mick Jones and American singer Lou […]

I Talk to the Wind (and Other Instruments): The Ian McDonald Interview, Part One

Ian McDonald’s career has taken some seemingly unexpected twists and turns. The singer, songwriter and instrumentalist played with an embryonic version of groundbreaking progressive rock group King Crimson, and was […]