Greg Lake passed away at the end of last year at the age of only 69, and thus this book, his autobiography, is sadly published posthumously.
Of course, he is primarily associated with seventies prog giants ELP, but he also had a very successful period in the original incarnation of King Crimson, as well as a brief tenure in Asia – oh, and he also found time to put out a number of solo and collaborative albums along the way.
As with many books of this type, I found the story of his formative years the most compelling, in this case growing up in post war Poole, before eventually and inevitably gravitating to London in the sixties. He speaks very warmly of the family and friends who supported him in those early days.
The book follows his recruitment by local friend Robert Fripp, who he remained close to, into the maelstrom of creativity that was King Crimson, before graduating to global success with ELP. He seems to have had something of a fractious relationship with his band mates, particularly in later years, but I got the impression he was maybe just too much of a nice guy to » Continue Reading.