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Robert Fripp
Robert Fripp
Fripp in 2007
Background info
Birthday/Birthplace (1946-05-16) 16 May 1946
Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England
Genre(s)
  • Progressive rock
  • jazz fusion
  • psychedelic rock
  • ambient
  • experimental rock
  • art rock
  • hard rock
  • heavy metal
  • new wave
Profession(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, mellotron, synthesizers
Active Years 1967–present
Record Labels E.G., Polydor, Discipline Global Mobile
Worked with King Crimson, Giles, Giles & Fripp, Fripp & Eno, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, David Sylvian, League of Gentlemen, Van der Graaf Generator, the Roches, G3, Porcupine Tree, Toyah Willcox, the Damned, Talking Heads, Andy Summers, Trey Gunn, Theo Travis, Slow Music Project
Official Website Robert Fripp’s Diary

Robert Fripp (Wimborne Minster, May 16, 1946) is a British guitarist, composer and producer famous for his work in the progressive rock band King Crimson. He is the only member that belongs to the group since its founding in the 60s to the present and has become his “alma mater” and the creative and driving force of his return to the stage several times.

He has also worked as a studio musician with David Bowie on the albums “Heroes” and “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”, with Brian Eno, and has contributed to create the sounds of the Windows Vista operating system. His discography in more than four decades exceeds seven hundred releases.

In 2011 Rolling Stone magazine considered him among the 100 most important guitarists of all time.

He is currently considered one of the most influential guitarists of avant-garde rock, developing his own virtuosity, technical and innovative that is remarkable in comparison with other guitarists of his time.

Robert Fripp’s Biography

He was born in Wimborne Minster, a village in the county of Dorset, in the south of England. He started playing the guitar when he was 11 years old.

Beginning of his career

Robert Fripp’s professional career begins in 1967 when he joined a band with bassist Peter Giles and drummer Michael Giles. The trio recorded only two singles appeared in an album titled simply The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp.

Conformation by King Crimson

His first album, In the Court of the Crimson King made in 1969, got mixed reviews. Since then, King Crimson has dissolved and re-formed several times with different members, with Fripp as the only constant member of all his albums and all his incarnations. After the apparently definitive dissolution of King Crimson, Fripp moved away from the music industry because of the interest in the texts of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. The lessons received later influenced his work with Guitar Craft. In 1976 he returned to musical work collaborating in the first solo album of Peter Gabriel; Fripp even went on tour with Gabriel as one of his support musicians, but with the name of Dusty Rhodes.

In 1977, Fripp received a call from Brian Eno, who was working with David Bowie on his album Heroes. Fripp played the guitar on the album and from that moment began a series of collaborations with renowned musicians. Again with Peter Gabriel on his second album and with Daryl Hall (member of the duo Daryl Hall & John Oates) on his album Sacred Songs. During that period Fripp began to work on his own material, with the contributions of Eno, Gabriel and Hall, as well as Peter Hammill, Jerry Marotta, Phil Collins, Tony Levin and Terre Roche. This material culminated in 1979 with the appearance of his first solo album, Exposure, followed by the Frippertronics tour in that same year. While living in New York he participated in records and concerts of Blondie and Talking Heads. His collaboration with Buster Jones, Paul Duskin and David Byrne resulted in the album God Save the Queen / Under Heavy Manners. In 1980 he formed a “new wave instrumental dance band” called the League of Gentlemen, with Sara Lee, Barry Andrews and Johnny Stone.

King Crimson, again

During this period, Fripp worked on two albums with his friend Andy Summers of The Police,Advance Masked in which Fripp and Summers played all the instruments, and Bewitched who was more dominated by Summers, besides having the participation of several more musicians.

Guitar Craft

In 1984, the American Society for Continuous Education (ASCE) (Claymont Court, West Virginia) offered Fripp a position as a professor. He had been involved with ASCE since 1978, and had seriously considered the prospect of teaching guitar for quite some time. His class, Guitar Craft, began in 1985, having among its results, a group called The League of Crafty Guitarists, which has already produced several albums.

Sound landscapes

Fripp’s collaborations with David Sylvian presents some of the most exuberant examples of his style. Fripp contributed to the 20 minute track of Sylvian ‘Steel Cathedrals’, from his Alchemy – An Index Of Possibilities album in 1985. Then, Fripp also participated in the same way with Gone To Earth, the following year. In 1991, then, Fripp offered Sylvian to become the vocalist of the reformed band of King Crimson, but Sylvian rejected the offer. Later, they joined the group Trey Gunn on stick and Jerry Marotta on drums, more during a promotional tour Pat Mastelotto replaced Jerry as a drummer.

King Crimson redux

In 1994, Fripp again formed King Crimson with the members of 1981, adding Trey Gunn and drummer Pat Mastelotto in a configuration known as “double trio” (two guitars, two basses and two drums). The new formation was presented live in Buenos Aires in 1994, ten years after the second dissolution of the Crimson King. The group released the EP Vrooom in 1994 and the album THRAK in 1995. That same year a double CD was also released with the live concerts of Argentina: B’Boom: Official Bootleg – Live In Argentina 1994.

Although he achieved musical success and relative commercial success, the double trio King Crimson proved difficult to sustain. From 1997 to 1999 the band “fraKctalizó” in five instrumental subgroups known as ProjeKcts. In 1998 Bruford had completely abandoned the band: in 2000 Fripp, Belew, Gunn and Mastelotto reunite a King Crimso of four pieces (except Levin who was busy in other works). This training produced two studio albums The construction of light in 2000 and The Power to Believe in 2003 adopting a more metallic and more electronic approach. Gunn left the group at the end of 2003.

Other projects: G3, Porcupine Tree, Slow Music, The Travis, The Humans, Jakko Jaksyk

During 2004, Fripp toured with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai as a trio of guitars with the name of G3. On October 21, 2005, Robert Fripp worked in Microsoft studios recording new sounds and atmospheres for Windows Vista.

At the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006 Fripp joined the improvisation project of Slow Music by REM drummer Bill Rieflin with guitarist Peter Buck, Fred Chalenor (acoustic bass), Matt Chamberlain (drums) and Hector Zazou (electronics) ). The group conducted a tour of the west coast of the United States in May 2006.

Fripp participates in the album Fear of a Blank Planet by the English band Porcupine Tree, released on April 16, 2007, specifically on the track Way out of here, where he meets drummer Gavin Harrison who will later be part of the new stage of King Crimson.

In 2006 Fripp contributed his composition “At The End Of Time” to the album Guitarists 4 the Kids, produced by Slang Productions, for World Vision Canada in aid of disadvantaged children. Throughout 2006 Fripp performed several solo concerts of sound landscapes in intimate settings, especially in churches near the West Midlands in England, where he lives.

In October 2006, ProjeKct Six (Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew) had selected performances on the East Coast of the United States opened by the Porcupine Tree group. In the same year Fripp contributes sound landscapes in two pieces of the album Porcupine Tree’s Fear of a Blank Planet: “Way Out of Here” and “Nil Recurring,” the second of which was released in September 2007 as part of the EP ” Nil Recurring “EP. Fripp also sporadically acted as opening on several tours from 2006 to 2009.

In 2008 Fripp collaborated with Theo Travis on an album of guitar and flute or saxophone duets called “Thread” and the duo made a brief English tour in 2009, repeating collaboration with the album Follow in 2012. He also participated in a concert with the band “The Humans” formed by his wife Toyah Willcox, Bill Rieflin and Chris Wong, in Judy Dyble’s Talking With Strangers (with Pat Mastelotto and others) and played in two pieces of Jakko Jakszyk’s album “The Bruised Romantic Glee Club” . In 2010, Fripp contributed a guitar solo in an extended version of the song ‘Heathen Child’ by Grinderman, released as the B-side of the single ‘Super Heathen Child’.

“Scarcity of Miracles” a musical “retreat” and new appearance of King Crimson

In May 2011, Jakko Jakszyk, Robert Fripp and Mel Collins released the album “A Scarcity of Miracles: A King Crimson ProjeKct” under the Panegyric label. The album features contributions from Tony Levin and Gavin Harrison, encouraging speculation that the project could lead to a new King Crimson.

In an interview published on August 3, 2012 Fripp stated that he had retired as a professional musician because of his long-standing disagreements with Universal Music Group and affirming that work in the music industry had become “without joy and vacuous “however the” retirement “lasted little and soon reached an agreement with UMG.

King Crimson, Madrid on the 2016 European Tour

On September 6, 2013 Fripp in his diary announced the return of King Crimson as a formation of seven musicians “four British and three Americans.” The new formation would be formed by Fripp, Levin, Mastelotto and Harrison at the batteries, the return of Mel Collins, a member in the 1970s, and two new members: Jakko Jakszyk as a singer and second guitarist and Bill Rieflin as third drummer. This version of the band made a tour in 2014 and 2015 with the reworking of the material of the band from the 60s and 70s plus songs from A Scarcity of Miracles and new compositions. At the beginning of 2016 it was announced that Rieflin would take a musical sabbatical year and was replaced by drummer Jeremy Stacey for the 2016 European Tour.

Robert Fripp Net Worth – $10 Million

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