Is It In The Musicians? Is It In The Music?

Two different views on King Crimson…

One view is that the right people were at the right place at the right time. To simplify, this suggests that the musicians make the music.

Another view is that there is something ‘other’ which is King Crimson, and which brings Crimson to life. To simplify, this suggests that the music makes the musicians.

How to reconcile these?

Whenever something remarkable takes place, where we know something special is going on, when magic is in the air, this goes well beyond what is possible and available to the musicians. But, for this magic to appear, for this special act to enter our world, it needs the right people in the right place at the right time, acting within the right conditions.

All are necessary.

The difference lies in the source of the action. Is it in the musicians? Is it in the music?

For me, no debate necessary.

Robert Fripp
Friday 15th. September, 2000
Deepest Dorset, England