Watch the trailer for In the Court of the Crimson King, a new documentary on the history of King Crimson

(from left) King Crimson's David Cross, John Wetton, Bill Bruford and Robert Fripp
(Image credit: GAB Archive/Redferns)

King Crimson have had a colorful, 50+-year reign near the top of the prog-rock heap.

Now, a new documentary – In the Court of the Crimson King – seeks to untangle the group's complicated history, and the relationships of members past and present with the group's sole constant member, electric guitar innovator Robert Fripp. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.