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The Authorized Biography of John Wetton by Kim Dancha. One of the most respected talents in progressive music clears the air about his life and career. Includes rare photos from John's personal collection, a complete discography, a chronological history of bands, and a foreward by John himself. To whet your appetite, here's an excerpt from the book. Chapter 3: A Family Fit for a King That 'feeling' began to take shape as John finished up the Bandstand album with Family, when Robert called to offer John a job in King Crimson......Despite the band's reputation at the time, John Wetton turned down Robert's initial offer to join King Crimson. "I realized at the time that I was being asked in as an ally of Robert's to even up the odds a bit, because the other three members (Mel Collins, Ian Wallace and Boz Burrell) had formed a cartel against Robert and he was in a corner. The leader of the band was against the ropes and he was feeling it. When he called me, it was to get a like-minded friend into the band to even up the teams a little bit. I didn't want to join under those circumstances, and I said that. I told Robert, 'You know, this probably isn't the right time.' " So John carried on with Family and finished work on Bandstand, only to cross paths with Fripp once again. Robert called John and asked to drop by his apartment in Earl's Court. During the visit, Robert mentioned that he was considering forming an entirely new band with another musician who lived in Earl's Court, a drummer named Bill Bruford.

My own time: The authorized biography of John Wetton by Kim Dancha

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