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Robert Fripp in dispute with David Bowie’s estate over song credits

King Crimson guitarist and co-founder Robert Fripp has revealed he is in dispute with David Bowie’s estate over his contributions to the late artist’s 1977 track Heroes and 1980 album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).

Taking to Facebook, the artist yesterday claimed that there are rules of “historic injustice” that are prohibiting the recognition of his contributions to Bowie’s albums.

King Crimson co-founder Robert Fripp announced on Facebook that he is involved in a dispute with David Bowie’s estate over their refusal to acknowledge his contributions.

In Fripp’s post, he declares that he was a “featured player” on both pieces. “This accreditation as a Featured Player is supported by Brian Eno, Tony Visconti, David Bowie himself (although the terminology was not then in use), and the Court of Public Opinion over four decades.”

Fripp asserts that Bowie’s current estate have not yet acknowledged his status due to the rules and regulations of UK music licensing company PPL, who have been established since 1934. He proposes that these rules should take “exceptional/novel situations into account” and that PPL should consider shifting “to match what is right.” 

Fripp continues to take on the music industry, saying:

“Fifty-two years of direct, hands-on experience suggests to me that the majority of players who operate the system, operate the system to serve their own interests. There are a small number of players whose aim is ethical action in business; not directing the industry to promote their own personal interests; these assertions supported by decades of documentation.”

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September 26, 2019