King Crimson Shares ‘In the Court…’ Doc Trailer Ahead of SXSW Premiere

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King Crimson has had nearly two dozen members over the years. Mainstay Robert Fripp is at R

King Crimson has shared the trailer for In the Court of the Crimson King, the documentary by filmmaker Toby Amies that captures the progressive rock band during its 50th anniversary tour. The title will make its official world premiere at the 2022 SXSW film festival in March.

From the film’s description: What began as a traditional documentary about the legendary band as it turned 50, mutated into an exploration of time, death, family, and the transcendent power of music to change lives; but with jokes.

“This is the first King Crimson,” says the band’s guiding force, Robert Fripp, in the trailer, “where there’s not at least one member in the band that actively resents my presence.” There have been nearly two dozen members over the years.

The cover of the band’s 1969 debut album

In the Court of the Crimson King is a dark, comic film for anyone who wonders whether it is worth sacrificing everything for just a single moment of transcendence. It explores the unique creative environment of King Crimson, one in which freedom and responsibility conspire to place extraordinary demands on the band’s members – only alleviated by the applause of an audience whose adoration threatens to make their lives even harder. It’s a rewarding and perilous space in which the extraordinary is possible, nothing is certain, and not everyone survives intact.

King Crimson was founded by Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake (later of ELP), Ian McDonald (later of Foreigner) and Peter Sinfield. The film is named for the band’s acclaimed 1969 debut album.

Watch the trailer of In the Court of the Crimson King

Related: Our Album Rewind of In the Court of the Crimson King

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  1. Alias Pink Puzz
    #1 Alias Pink Puzz 3 February, 2022, 13:36

    Every album KC released is worth listening to. This is a compliment that cannot be given to many artists.

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  2. Alias Pink Puzz
    #2 Alias Pink Puzz 3 February, 2022, 20:36

    Even Earthbound! Who doesn’t like Peoria?

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