In a rare interview, prog rock legend Robert Fripp speaks about standing up to the music industry

From Financial Times:

“My life has improved so much since I stopped doing interviews,” Robert Fripp says. So why is the prog rock legend and guitar maestro giving us his first print interview in seven years?

One reason is that he’s a reader: FT Weekend is the only paper he takes. The other reason is more complicated. The King Crimson leader is in a period of professional turmoil. He has stopped making music and doesn’t know when he might resume. “My life as a professional musician,” he tells me, “is a joyless exercise in futility.”

Our meeting takes place at the headquarters of Fripp’s music company Discipline Global Mobile, which, despite sounding like a skyscraper-encased corporation from BladeRunner, is actually housed in a dull pebbledash building in a village near Salisbury, south-west England. His business partner lives up the road and Fripp used to live nearby with his wife Toyah Willcox, the 1980s pop star, before they moved to Worcestershire in the West Midlands.

We talk in the kitchen where Fripp, 66, makes me tea in a King Crimson mug. He wears round spectacles and tweeds and has a manner that is at once razor-sharp and unworldly. At almost 45 years’ remove, this is recognisably the same Fripp as the young man from a country town who turned up for an early King Crimson gig in a maroon pullover and grey flannel trousers. A horrified bandmate whisked him off to Portobello Road to score a Paganini-style cloak and top hat: much more proggy.

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