Robert Fripp Best Quotes

Robert Fripp is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson’s line-ups from the late 1960s to the early 2010s. Enjoy Robert Fripp’s best quotes below.

“The perception of the audience is the interesting part. If the audience doesn’t hear what is going on, is it going on or not?”
“If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?”
“According to USA today, the average length of an attention span of a man in America is 23 minutes.”
“A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.”
“I recommend my students not to be professional unless they really have to be. I tell them, ‘If you love music, sell Hoovers or be a plumber. Do something useful with your life.’”
“What is necessary is possible, what we want is expensive. What is unnecessary is unlikely.”
“There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake.”
“My life as a professional musician is a joyless exercise in futility.”
“In terms of an identity, an identity reflects an individuality, by definition. And, if there is a quality present, it is recognizable and it can be named. If you can’t name it, it means you don’t recognize it.”
“So, you can set up an orchestra down this end of the railway station playing one particular area, and simultaneously at the other end something completely different going on. And in the middle they meet, or not, depending.”
“I’d say that what we hear is the quality of our listening.”
“I’m not really interested in music. Music is just a means of creating a magical state.”
“Music can be transformative, utterly transformative. The act of music is utterly transformative.”
“The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.”
“Now, if King Crimson accepts responsibility for innovating its own tradition, you can’t accept responsibility for the audience. And there is an enormous tangible weight of expectation, which comes from an audience attending a King Crimson concert.”
“I couldn’t concentrate on music. So I made the choice to give up my career as a musician in the frontline to deal with the business.”
“The quality of artistry is the capacity to assume innocence at will, the quality of experiencing innocence as if for the first time.”
“But above that, most mature adults can hold their attention on something for 45 minutes, whether they like it or not. But above that requires training.”
“If an apprentice does not hear what a master hears, is then that quality not present in the music? Yes and no. In the world in which the apprentice lives no.”
“Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.”
“And if you are playing in several meters at once, there has to be a – not a rigid – but there definitely has to be a reference to a common pulse in the band.”
“However, in modern conceptual frameworks there is a more sophisticated view. I would say that the act of music exists in several worlds simultaneously.”
“If you are playing repertoire material, you’re stuck. There’s not huge amounts you can do.”
“Being a professional musician doesn’t mean you spend 12 hours a day playing music. It means you spend up to 12 hours a day taking care of business, dealing with litigation, with the various characters who’ve stolen your interests, or fending off hostile lawsuits from former members of the band.”
“My life has improved so much since I stopped doing interviews.”
“Then certainly for a musician timing becomes something that is immediately accessible as a concept, because it’s a necessity in ones everyday performance.”
“To me, Bill’s musical heart is in Earthworks, in the jazz they are playing, in the acoustic kit.”
“Michael Giles the first drummer of King Crimson, never agreed to the name King Crimson. But then, if you’d knew Michael, you would know he didn’t agree to the album cover either. So maybe Michael didn’t agree to the point of definition with many things.”
“Even within the band, if I cannot manage to persuade the members of what I see to be the next course of action, how do you expect the group to deal with the expectations of thousands of people. It is not possible.”

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