Frippless KC


Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 06:19:00 -0600
From: kholmhud at nwu dot edu (Kevin Holm-Hudson)
Subject: Frippless KC
Responding to David MacLennan's synopsis in ET #549:

>Moving further down ET548, two adjacent posts caught my eye:
>
>> From: "Eric Anderson" <e-anderson at carthage dot edu>
>>
>> Fripp clearly illustrates how the restricting bind of
>> audience expectation is suffocating the way in which King
>> Crimson is.
>
>and...
>
>> From: jessica <oppepper at earthlink dot net>
>
>> Having just read Robert Fripp's stunning new journal
>> entry, I reply publicly that:
>>
>> I WILL NEVER PURCHASE A "KING CRIMSON" ALBUM, ATTEND
>> A "KING CRIMSON" LIVE PERFORMANCE OR SUPPORT IN ANY WAY
>> ANYTHING CALLED "KING CRIMSON" IF ROBERT FRIPP IS NOT
>> INVOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm surprised that it hasn't been mentioned yet, but what
about the possibility of Fripp writing for KC (in whatever
form it may take) as behind-the-scenes songwriter, in the
way that the Beach Boys did with Brian Wilson? That way,
Fripp is released of the emotional/historical baggage of
dealing with incessant burble, banter, and brou-ha-ha from
audients with limited interest in R&D, and those audients
who *do* want to hear the latest results of Fripp's R&D will
get to do so.

I say this mindful of the fact that ET lately has been
turning into a "forum to tell Bobby, Billy, and company what
to do" and that by making this suggestion I am only
contributing to the problem. If you are reading this, Robert
(and again I am guilty of sharing every ET'er's supposition
that my measly post is being personally read by Mr. Fripp),
it is only offered as a friendly brainstorm, not a demand or
even a wish on my part.  My only wish for KC is that you be
allowed to pursue your aim, and that we as audients may
somehow share in the aural result.

Now back to your regular arguments, agreements,
advice... some of which has lately been peppered with far
too much upper-case cybershouting and multiple exclamation
points. As RF has been known to say, "lighten up".

Kevin Holm-Hudson
kholmhud at nwu dot edu

Kevin Holm-Hudson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Academic Studies and Composition
Master, Jones Fine and Performing Arts Residential College
Northwestern University School of Music
711 Elgin Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208
e-mail: kholmhud at nwu dot edu


Mike Stok