Crimson fans will be familiar with Sid Smith from his excellent sleeve notes for the ongoing series of box sets and reissues of the band’s music. Some may even recall his 2001 biography of the band, of which this book was originally intended to be a slightly revised and updated version. Well, that was the idea, but this is in fact a fully rewritten book, now over 600 pages long, the sort of book that words like ‘comprehensive’ and indeed ‘definitive’ were invented for. The book covers the band’s story right up to April 2019, and comes with a host of new interviews with band members past and present, particularly Robert Fripp, to recount the band’s story over the last fifty years. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a detailed track by track commentary on all the studio albums, as well as a ‘gigography’ which usefully also acts as a guide to the numerous live recordings available. Throughout, the author conveys skilfully his undoubted passion for the music while retaining the critical distance and awareness necessary for a balanced appraisal. Quite simply, if you’re a fan then this is a must read, as this volume will surely become the essential go-to reference work on this seminal band.
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There’s always something new to discover about this groundbreaking band and their astonishing music.