Welcome to our epic 17-part series on King Crimson album art.
Introduction — High Fidelity
Part 1: In the Court of the Crimson King
Part 2: In the Wake of Poseidon
Part 3: Lizard
Part 4: Islands
Part 5: Larks’ Tongues in Aspic
Part 6: Starless and Bible Black
Part 7: Red
Part 8: Discipline
Part 9: Beat
Part 10: Three of a Perfect Pair
Part 11: THRAK
Part 12: The ConstruKction of Light
Part 13: The Power to Believe
Part 14: Retrospectives & Compilations (forthcoming)
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.
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