When it comes to experimental music, it’s hard to talk about it without mentioning Robert Fripp. Together with former GOTW Brian Eno, he helped shaped what has come to be known as the Ambient genre. Fripp started playing guitar at age 11 and gravitated towards Jazz in his early teens. During high school, he played in his first band which was a rock quartet named The Ravens. Fripp claims he knew he wanted to be a professional musician before he graduated.
After a few mildly successful music ventures, Fripp and a few friends (one of which was Greg Lake of Emerson Lake and Palmer) formed the band King Crimson in 1968. This group recorded the album In the Court of the Crimson King, which is now considered to be a staple of the progressive rock genre. The band’s success continued into the mid-1970s. Fripp also worked extensively with Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, and Andy Summers during the 1970s and 80s. In the 1990s, he made several albums under the name Soundscapes, and also collaborated with David Sylvian. To top that off, he released 12 solo albums between 1979 and 2007.
Eno & Fripp, circa 1975
Throughout this geek’s long career he has worked with names like David Bowie, Kieth Tippett, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Andy Summers, Talking Heads, Blondie, Theo Travis, The Roches, David Sylvian, John Wetton, Steve Roach, Adrian Belew, and many more. Fripp is a bona fide musical genius, a trailblazer for experimental music, and now a GOTW.