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King Crimson are a musical group founded by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles in 1969. Their style has typically been categorized as progressive rock, although it also has diverse influences from jazz, classical, experimental, psychedelic, New Wave, heavy metal, gamelan and folk music. Although King Crimson has garnered little radio or music video airplay, they have a devoted following. Their debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, is widely regarded as a landmark in the history of the progressive rock genre; their later excursions into even more unconventional territory have been influential on many contemporary musical artists.

In the late 1960s the band were very influential in popularising a previously unknown mellotron rock style; throughout the early 1970s their membership fluctuated with forays into jazz and funk at times before becoming a more stable unit in the mid 1970s, developing an improvisational sound influenced by heavy metal before breaking up. The band reformed in the early 1980s for three years, with a New Wave and gamelan-influenced sound, before breaking up again for around a decade. The 1990s saw King Crimson meld aspects of their 1980s and 1970s sound, which has continued into the 2000s, during which time several splinter groups of King Crimson known as "ProjeKcts" appeared.

Though its membership has fluctuated considerably throughout its existence, the band continues to perform and record music. The only constant member of King Crimson has been Fripp, who has arranged several disparate lineups of King Crimson, often working in different genres. However, he has stated that he does not necessarily consider himself the band's leader, describing King Crimson as "a way of doing things", and noting that he never originally intended to be seen as the head of the group.

Current Lineup Edit

  • Robert Fripp - lead guitar, occasional mellotron or piano (1969 - present
  • Tony Levin - bass, Chapman Stick, backing vocals (1981 - 1999, 2003 - present)
  • Pat Mastelotto - drums, percussion (1994 - present)
  • Gavin Harrison - Drums (2007 - present)
  • Jakko Jakszyk - lead vocals, guitar, flute (2015 - present)
  • Mel Collins - saxophone, flute (1970 - 1972, 2015 - present)
  • Bill Reiflin - drums, keyboards (2015 - present)

Former Members Edit

Additional And Guest Musicians Edit

  • Keith Tippett - piano (1970-71)
  • Mark Charig - cornet (1970-71, 1974)
  • Robin Miller - oboe (1970-71, 1974)
  • Nick Evans - trombone (1970)
  • Jon Anderson - vocals (1970)
  • Paulina Lucas - vocals (1971)
  • Eddie Jobson - violin (1974)

Discography Edit

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Live Albums Edit

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The King Crimson Collector's Club Edit

Limited release live recordings of concert performances, studio sessions and radio sessions. Originally designed as a business model, the KCCC was a program where fans could "subscribe" to the club by paying in advance for six releases. The revenue was then used to by DGM and Tone Probe to pay for the work of reviewing the archival recordings and doing the work necessary to remaster the work to acceptable quality levels. The program did not meet its financial goals, so it was eventually abandoned and converted into a standard release and purchase model.

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