“Going back to the early King Crimson, the remarkable explosion of the creative impulse in popular music, mainly in rock music, came from these young men who didn’t know what they were doing, yet were able to do it.”
“What has changed in 40 years? It’s very simple. Forty years ago there was a market economy. Today there is a market society. Today, everything, including ethics, has a price.” Composer, bandleader and guitarist Robert Fripp, from an interview in the UK Financial Times.
And that sadly accurate quote reminds me to post examples of Mr. Fripp's uncompromising and visionary music.
Seems all the incarnations of King Crimson somehow manage to be primal, visceral AND amazingly, fascinatingly complex: a rare feat in any era of rock music.
Now, I admit to being biased, as King Crimson remains my all-time favorite prog rock - guitar geek metal-20th century classical-improvisational-Moroccan-Indian-Terry Riley style minimalism-ECM style Euro jazz-polyrhythmic soundscape ensemble ever.
Then again, King Crimson is the ONLY one of those.