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62. Robert Fripp

Since King Crimson's first rehearsal in 1969, Robert Fripp has been its distinguishing instrumental voice, a singular blend of distorted complexity and magisterial sustain. That duality is best heard on the most progressive prog-rock album ever made, Crimson's 1973 thorny-metal classic, Larks' Tongues in Aspic. Fripp's most famous guitar line is the fuzz-siren hook in the title track to David Bowie's Heroes. Fripp would "start up without even knowing the chord sequence," said producer Brian Eno, adding that Fripp's work

Key Tracks: "21st Century Schizoid Man," "Heroes"

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