About the Book
This guide takes you through all the complexities of the music, stripping away layer after layer to reveal the inner workings of the exquisite machinery of harmony, counterpoint and rhythm that, seemingly so effortlessly, come together to make Lizard.
King Crimson's third album was recorded and released in 1970 during what guitarist Robert Fripp has termed 'the Interregnum' period of the band's history. At the time, King Crimson - primarily Fripp and lyricist Peter Sinfield - were off the road functioning as a recording unit. The Musical Guide seeks to unravel why the album is often seen as an unusual work in the band's recorded output; why it is that Fripp has only recently come to terms with 'the MUSIC within the music' in its complex musical structure and lyrical coding.
"Dr. Keeling's work uncovering the inside and outside of Lizard, personally and impersonally, within its musical and wider culture, is a triumph. I have learnt more here than from any other commentaries of my acquaintance." Robert Fripp.
Andrew Keeling is a multi-faceted composer, whose works have been performed and broadcast throughout the world by musicians such as Dame Evelyn Glennie, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Fretwork, Craig Ogden, Jacob Heringman and many others. His music has been released by DGM, Burning Shed, Metier, Riverrun, UHR and Spaceward. He is also a songwriter and improviser and has written and released albums with musicians such as David Cross (King Crimson), Stephen Fellows (Comsat Angels) and Tim Bowness (No-Man). Andrew also has a particular interest in the music of King Crimson and has written three Musical Guides on the band's music as well as orchestrating the music of Robert Fripp. An album of these, The Wine of Silence, performed by the Metropole Orkest of Amsterdam conducted by Jan Stulen, is released by DGM/Panegyric in April 2012. He has also been a lecturer at the University of Liverpool and the Royal Northern College of Music.