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In the Court of King Crimson [Paperback]

Sid Smith
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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Helter Skelter Publishing (12 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900924269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900924269
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Illustrated throughout with exclusive photographs and rare memorabilia, this biography of the prog-rock band draws on interviews with all the major players associated with the band as well as personal archives and much previously unpublished material.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Access all areas! 28 Jan 2002
I felt compelled to write a review that might underline the fact that this is a book accessible to all, not just hard core fans of 'The Crim' and dyed-in-the-wool prog rockers!
I'm not your typical King Crimson fan, but I believe it is rare to find a rock biography with such a stunningly ebullient and charismatic narrative style. Sid Smith carries the reader along, page after page, handling every twist and turn of the group's progress with care, decency, and not a little wit. At some point during my reading of 'In the Court Of King Crimson', I became quite a fan of the group, no doubt helped by the previously unpublished photographs and the in-depth interviews with even the most obscure band members!
To sum up: I would recommend In the Court Of King Crimson for anyone who has even the vaguest interest in 'The Crim'. It's a smashing read, and has had the knock on effect of boosting their record sales in Kent by two albums.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smith's King of the Crimson Court! 18 April 2002
I've seen quite a few so so reviews in the music press regarding this book. The key gripe from reviewers seems to be that there is not enough of an insight into Robert Fripp. Given Fripp's reluctance to interviewed and his personal distrust of the music press I would have to say Sid Smith did an excellent job getting the many revealing comments from Fripp that he did. Also, despite the common perception that King Crimson is Fripp's band there are plenty of insights into the way King Crinson operates from other band members.
At the end of the day this book places the focus squarely where it needs to be - on the band's music. There is a phenonmenal amount of information about how the various line-ups approached the playing and recording of various songs and I found Sid Smith's coments and perceptions gave a great insight into the band. The only thing that isn't in the book that I would have liked to have seen is more detailed information and reviews about spin-off work, eg Tony Levin and Trey Gunn's work. For me this was one of the most essential purchases of 2001.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 7 Dec 2001
By Nick Huckle VINE VOICE
A truly excellent book. No fan of King Crimson should be without this work. Using interviews with past and present band members as well as chronological narrative, Sid Smith describes the evolution and activities of The Crim from the early days in Bournmouth to the present day. As the story progresses to each new album phase, all the tracks are discussed along with commentaries from those involved in producing them. You probably need to be a Crim fan to get the most from this book, but anyone interested in the background to the creation of great music will not be dissapointed by this read.
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