The Young Person’s Guide to King Crimson Album Art

King Crimson Album Art

Wel­come to our epic 17-part series on King Crim­son album art.

This entry will serve as its table of con­tents, con­tin­u­ally updated as new parts go online.

In the time since I began sketch­ing out rough drafts of these essays, two upcom­ing pub­li­ca­tions have been announced that will obvi­ate or obso­lete much of what I planned to do. I’ve read in Robert Fripp’s diary of a pro­posed cof­fee table book and in author Sid Smith’s blog of a forth­com­ing sec­ond edi­tion of his essen­tial oral his­tory In the Court of King Crim­son. The for­mer will likely be a com­pre­hen­sive visual his­tory, of which the album art will assuredly be a sig­nif­i­cant com­po­nent, and the lat­ter may tell more of the sto­ries behind the art. Together, both books will likely reveal many errors, omis­sions, and unfair pre­sump­tions in these hum­ble blog posts. But I hope that what’s left will still have some value: the sub­jec­tive thoughts and analy­ses of one not-totally-unqualified fan (I’m a pro­fes­sional web designer in real life, a tan­gen­tial qual­i­fi­ca­tion at most, but still) on the sub­ject of the album art alone.

This under­tak­ing, need­less to say, is both mas­sive and fool­ish — a writ­ing project on a scale usu­ally not under­taken just for the fun of it. Its pub­li­ca­tion has been repeat­edly delayed by the amount of effort involved and, y’know, real life (since I wrote the first word, I’ve moved, rebooted my career, and got­ten mar­ried). I have more to say in Part II: Overview about the moti­va­tions for writ­ing this series, and what I hope to accom­plish. But since this post is merely the hum­ble Table of Con­tents, let me start with this: if there’s any­thing left to talk about regard­ing King Crim­son after over forty years of debate, dis­cus­sion, dia­log, dia­tribe, and dis­sen­sion, I hope I have some­thing to add.

Please enjoy, and I encour­age you to share it with any­one that might be inter­ested, and to leave com­ments of any sort (even if it’s just to con­firm my sus­pi­cions that I’m a lunatic for writ­ing this many words about only one band’s album cov­ers). If you want to stay in the loop for updates of new entries as they appear, please fol­low The Dork Report on Face­book or Twit­ter.

5 thoughts on “The Young Person’s Guide to King Crimson Album Art

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  2. Thanks for writ­ing this, and best wishes for this mon­u­men­tal task. I look for­ward to read­ing your next essay, King Crim­son is one of my favorites.

  3. Great com­men­tary on a sub­ject near and dear to my heart! Keep up on this volu­mi­nous under­tak­ing. I anx­iously await next installment.

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