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In the Court of King Crimson

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King Crimson’s 1969 masterpiece In The Court Of The Crimson King, was a huge U.S. chart hit. The band followed it with 40 further 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.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Helter Skelter Publishing
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Tim Niland
Sep 22, 2014 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
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Given King Crimson's unexpected reformation and subsequent tour it made sense to finally track down Sid Smith's definitive history of the band from 1968 - 2001. Hopefully there will be an updated edition coming soon. The book follows the band and it's ever changing members beginning with the short lived Giles, Giles & Fripp LP, which led to Robert Fripp's formation of King Crimson in 1969. The original configuration of the group went through a whirlwind of music, from the band's debut, openi ...more
Jeremy Joseph
Nov 27, 2015 Jeremy Joseph rated it really liked it
"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 Haskell
...My favorite quote of the book.
Malcolm Frawley
Sep 03, 2014 Malcolm Frawley rated it really liked it
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 serio ...more
Cedric Hendrix
Aug 09, 2012 Cedric Hendrix rated it really liked it
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 learn more and more. But 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
James Rozoff
Jul 13, 2014 James Rozoff rated it it was amazing
If you like the band, you're really going to want to read this book. It's that simple. I could go on, but I would be providing spoilers. Not much to say except that there are some really interesting insights into the band, especially regarding Mr. Fripp.
Aug 22, 2008 Dominick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any fan of King Crimson's music and history.
Recommended to Dominick by: Sid Smith (the author), via e-mail announcement of it's publishi
I learned a couple new things about King Crimson that I didn't already know.
Dec 21, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing
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Good read about a great band. Just saw them in Chicago (2008).
Matthu Stull
sums it up real good
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