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A Chat with Mr. Fripp

Interview by Cynthia Rose, Viz, 1980

ROBERT FRIPP is a musician, theoretician, theologian and, as his colleague David Bowie (referred by Fripp as "Mr. B") points out, "probably the man with ...

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Robert Fripp (1982)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages audio, June 1982

The always interesting art-rocker on Frippertronics and the artist/audience dynamic; his work with other artists (Gabriel, Bowie, Daryl Hall); on production, his Exposure album... and disco!

File format: mp3; file size: 17.1mb, interview length: 18' 39" sound quality: *****

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Robert Fripp: Head, Heart and Hips

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

ROBERT FRIPP doesn't give many interviews – which is silly because he's a shrewd, witty, and engrossing man who, when he's not sitting on a ...

Robert Fripp: The Sexual Athlete

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

ROBERT FRIPP paused in a virtuoso display of cross-picking on Francisco Tarrega's 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra', the interlude music he'd chosen between the two parts ...

Fripp and Eno: No Pussyfooting (HELP)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

Sex of one, Eno of the other ...

King Crimson’s Robert Fripp

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, May 1974

ROBERT FRIPP, lead guitarist with English rock King Crimson, conspicuous personality by appearing inconspicuous. Rather than stand when performing, he perches himself on a stool, ...

Robert Fripp: Something Is Stirring Down At Wimbourne

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

IT'S NOTHING to do with egos, you know, this final dissolving of King Crimson. No, there's something of a much grander design — somewhat rather ...

Robert Fripp: Why I Killed the King

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 5 October 1974

KING CRIMSON finally abdicated last week. But the end came with a whimper, an official statement merely commented that the band had "ceased to exist". ...

Robert Fripp: After King Crimson, The Apocalypse

Report and Interview by Ian Dove, Rolling Stone, 19 December 1974

NEW YORK – After five short years, King Crimson is no more and the man who began and ended the group, Robert Fripp, is already ...

Robert Fripp: Retiring Fripp

Interview by Jon Tiven, International Musician & Recording World, June 1975

Fripp's King Crimson brought a new meaning to the word "tight". For a short time the band represented a pinnacle of British rock achievement. Since ...

Fripp & Eno: Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

"IT'S NOT just an ordinary loop system. In fact, it's very complex. I invented it. Why don't you come and see me tomorrow and I'll ...

Robert Fripp: The Untold Story

Report and Interview by Jim Farber, Creem, November 1978

WHEN ROBERT FRIPP finally retired King Crimson to the home for aging mellotrons back in late 1974, he let out a string of Jeane Dixon-style ...

Robert Fripp: Exposure (Polydor)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 28 April 1979

A LESSON IN priorities might have been as apt a title. For this, the first record bearing his own name, the idiosyncratic Mr. Fripp has ...

Robert Fripp

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1979

TO ME, ROBERT Fripp has always meant the nastiest riffs you could wish to cower from. I mean NASTY. Malevolent, grating sounds which fair oozed ...

Crits fiddle while public burns...

Report by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 30 June 1979

Fripp, Eno and others debate the future of a species ...

Robert Fripp's Public Exposure

Report and Interview by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, 26 July 1979

The return to 'an intelligent way of living' ...

Robert Fripp: A Most Delightful Discourse With One Small, Mobile Intelligent Unit

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Sweet Potato, August 1979

THE USUAL ways to write about most rock artists are, I'm afraid, inadequate when one's subject is Robert Fripp. Generally, the writer's task is to ...

Robert Fripp: The Small Mobile Intelligent Pest Of Rock 'N' Roll

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Reader, 19 August 1979

IT SEEMS peculiarly appropriate that, on my arrival at Polydor Records' West Coast offices on Sunset Boulevard, virtually everyone is engaged in a frantic search ...

Robert Fripp

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1980

A YEAR after Exposure and Robert Fripp is following through on his 80s drive with the combined Frippotronics-Discotronics and a bunch of new theories on ...

Robert Fripp: God Save The Queen/Under Heavy Manners (Polydor)

Review by Byron Coley, New York Rocker, July 1980

I. Last year, Bob Fripp announced his "Drive to 1981". As I understood it, The Drive was to consist of three albums: the first, a ...

Siouxsie & the Banshees, Robert Fripp, Echo & the Bunnymen, U2, Altered Images, Clock DVA, Soft Cell: Futurama Festival, Queens Hall, Leeds

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 20 September 1980

The squalor show goes on ...

Robert Fripp: Do you want me to sell you an album…or a treatise on neg-entropy?

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, 21 March 1981

Robert Fripp lectures Lynden Barber ...

Robert Fripp's Discipline, the Lounge Lizards: Her Majesty's Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 11 May 1981

THE PAIRING of the guitarist, Robert Fripp's newest venture Discipline with the New York group the Lounge Lizards — offered two examples of radical sensibilities ...

Discipline, Lounge Lizards: Her Majesty's Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 16 May 1981


Fred Frith: Speechless (Ralph Records); Robert Fripp: Let The Power Fall (Editions E.G.)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, August 1981

WHEN IS A guitarist not a guitarist? What distinguishes pop music from avant-garde or classical? Why is most cerebral music purely instrumental? Can you dance ...

King Crimson: Robert Fripp's Chocolate Cake Discipline

Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, February 1982

In The Court Of The Crimson King, Phase II ...

Robert Fripp (1982) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages transcripts, June 1982

This is a transcription of Ian's audio interview with Fripp. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Andy Summers Unmasked

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Downbeat, July 1983

HIS IMAGE is pure pop. Shaggy blond hair (dyed) in a modified Beatles cut. Mod clothes that might have come from England's trendy King's Road: ...

Robert Fripp: The 21st Century Man Sounds Off

Profile and Interview by Mark Dery, Record, November 1985

HE BEGAN, by his own admission, tone deaf and with "no sense of rhythm." He is a spit-shined, manicured man whose "best subjects at school ...

Robert Fripp Revisited

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, February 1989

A Plectral Purist Answers the Dumb Questions ...

Robert Fripp and Toyah: Mr Chalk Loves Mrs Cheese

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, June 1991

They seemed to belong to different worlds: the avant-garde guitar boffin and the marmalade-haired Princess of Punk. Listen awhile, as Mat Snow recounts the ...

Robert Fripp, David Sylvian: Double Edge

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, 30 June 1993

Guitar hero meets cool synth dude on The First Day, a new album by Robert Fripp and David Sylvian. They should go together like a ...

Robert Fripp: "If you love music, become a plumber"

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2005

CRADLING A NICE cup of tea in the kitchen of his home on the River Avon in Worcestershire, Robert Fripp looks more like a kindly ...

Robert Fripp: "I'm a very difficult person to work with"

Interview by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2014

Guitarist Robert Fripp influenced David Bowie and Peter Gabriel, but it's only the latest revival of his band King Crimson that has brought out his ...

"A force entirely of itself": Robert Fripp on the difficult legacy of King Crimson

Report and Interview by Jim Farber, The Guardian, 16 March 2022

The complicated and fractious history of the prog-rock titans is explored in revealing new documentary In the Court of the Crimson King. ...

Toby Amies (dir.): In the Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson at 50

Film/DVD/TV Review by Irina Shtreis, Louder Than War, 20 December 2022

In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50, a documentary by Toby Amies, unveils the "acute suffering" of one of the artiest ...

see also King Crimson

see also Toyah Willcox


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