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Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom (16 May 1946 – present)

Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom) is a guitarist, composer and a record producer, perhaps best known for being the guitarist for, and only constant member of, the progressive rock band King Crimson. His work, spanning five decades, encompasses a variety of musical styles.

Fripp began playing guitar at the age of eleven. He says he was tone-deaf with no sense of rhythm when he started. His comment on dealing with the obstacle is “Music so wishes to be heard that it sometimes calls on unlikely characters to give it voice”.

Being taught guitar basics by his teacher Don Strike, it was the time when he developed the technique of crosspicking, which would later become a significant technique taught in Guitar Craft.

In 1984, Fripp began using the New Standard Tuning, which would also become the official tuning of Guitar Craft.

Fripp is left-handed, but plays a right-handed guitar.

Fripp’s earliest professional work began in 1967, when he responded to an ad looking for a singing organist for a band being formed by bassist Peter Giles and drummer Michael Giles, despite being neither a singer nor an organist. Though unsuccessful as a live act, Giles, Giles and Fripp did manage to release two singles, as well as an album, The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp.

Following the band’s breakup, Fripp, along with drummer Michael Giles, made plans for the formation of King Crimson in 1968, with Greg Lake, Peter Sinfield and Ian McDonald.

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  • mmmojo

    13 Sep 5:57pm Reply
  • distantlovers

    NY3 is classic King Crimson.

    31 Aug 8:14am Reply
  • Helawolf

    Manners, minding the gap... down the drain.

    6 Jul 8:16am Reply
  • OcellatedGod [2]

    23 Jun 10:45pm Reply
  • Strawb77

    happy birthday robert- and thank you for the music- everything else is just opinion ;}

    16 May 3:47pm Reply
  • mmmojo

    28 Apr 1:57pm Reply
  • ScepSpec

    I think tag-trolling this sourpuss is a valid (and harmless) form of protest. We could also mail him cat shit and used tampons instead... Gayfish hobbit-husband can go to hell, though...

    6 Feb 1:06pm Reply
  • JackeHt

    People writing these tags are sooo clever and progressive

    20 Jan 8:16pm Reply
  • jGustainis

    so much cancer in here

    5 Jan 2:35pm Reply
  • afrowolf

    "People are still upset over the whole removing images thing? " <-- People are still asking rhetorical questions?

    5 Jan 9:21am Reply
  • MathianSim

    TIWL seems like an intelligent & rational human being

    1 Jan 4:12pm Reply
  • TIWL

    @KingsAndQueen: Fuck prince, fuck you, and fuck every single idiot who's tagged Fripp with "stupid" and "regressive rock".

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Volnutt_


    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    Prince and him are some of the most concerned about piracy, but at least Prince does not forbid streaming sites from letting the public play his music. If he wants to win more, then he should go on a tour. Elitist, oversensitive and childish at best. Of course I wouldn't like to get my work stolen but he has to accept we live in the era of Internet and that no matter what he does, he's gonna end up earning less money than when people could buy CDs only. If I were him at least I would accept a little bit of money from Internet services. I know I'd buy his music if I had a chance to listen to it somewhere first, and I'd feel much better if I would be able to respect copyright and such when streaming it. Right, because banning cover art and artist images on last fm is going to prevent people from looking at the same images elsewhere. Ridiculous. As talented as he seems to be, he's equally if not more ridiculous.

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SmilelimS

    People are still upset over the whole removing images thing?

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    "Confusion will be my epitaph." - Frippy

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    "The Himmler of the lower fifth. I suppose that will become my epitaph." - Crocker-Harris

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    Fripp = Andrew Crocker-Harris from the Browning Version.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pingywings

    as much as i like fripp, these tags are fucking brilliant. "halftoned singles club" "frippucino" "literally hitler" (?)

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Shocke7

    Love the music, hate the man.

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
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