Friday, June 27, 2008

Fripp for Friday: Sorcerer of Sound



Robert Fripp has been ripping the guitar apart and putting it all back together wrong for almost 40 years. He never got the memo that progressive rock is just a label, that it's not actually supposed to be progressive. No one explained to him that prog bands can't have the energy and aggression of a punk band. No one ever told him that little professor looking guys aren't supposed to play with gut-ripping emotion. Nor that- especially in the 70s- prog guitar heroes weren't supposed to play with New Wave weirdoes like Blondie or the Talking Heads or get Daryl Hall to sing punk rock. He's a very obstinate character.

I saw Fripp doing his solo electronic guitar work called Frippertronics in the old Winter Gardens at the World Financial Center. It became obvious seeing him that at heart the man is a sorcerer of sound, and was unleashing huge torrents of emotion throughout the place. It was fascinating to see all of these stock broker types glued to their seats, all misty eyed.



Here is Fripp with prog supergroup King Crimson, who are coming up on their 40th anniversary next year.

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