King Crimson are an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The band have undergone numerous formations throughout its history, of which 18 musicians have been full time members including 3 lyricists; since 2013 it has consisted of Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Bill Rieflin. Fripp is the only consistent member of the group, and is considered their leader and motive force. The band's lack of mainstream success have earned them a large cult following.
Developed from the unsuccessful trio Giles, Giles & Fripp, the band were a seminal group in the progressive rock genre in their first five years with their standard of instrumentation and complex song structures. Their debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King (1969), remains their most successful and influential with its elements of jazz, classical, and experimental music. Their success increased following an opening act performance for The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, London in 1969. Following the less successful In the Wake of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970), and Islands (1971), the group reached a new creative peak with Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973), Starless and Bible Black (1974), and Red (1974). Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.
In 1981, King Crimson reformed with a change in musical direction which lasted for three years. The result was Discipline (1981), Beat (1982), and Three of a Perfect Pair (1984). Fripp revived the group in 1995 and released THRAK (1995). Since 1997, several musicians have pursued aspects of the band's work and approaches through a series of related bands collectively referred to as ProjeKCts. In 2000, the band reunited once more and released The ConstruKction of Light (2000). The band's most recent album is The Power to Believe (2003). Since 2007, the band continue to perform live in various capacities. King Crimson have been influential to several other musical artists.
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