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My Prog: Jakko Jakszyk on his admiration for King Crimson for Frank Zappa

The great and good of progressive music give us a glimpse into their prog worlds.

Home is… Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. I’m a 20-minute drive from [King Crimson drummer] Gavin Harrison, a 20-minute drive from [saxist] Mel Collins. Robert Fripp calls it ‘The Crimson Triangle’.

Earliest prog memory?
When I was 11, my neighbour would play me music and he had an Island Records sampler called Nice Enough To Eat [1969]. One of the tracks on that was [Crimson’s 21st Century] Schizoid Man.

First prog record bought, and where?
Air Conditioning by Curved Air, in 1970, from a shop on Lower High Street, Watford.

First prog gig attended?
King Crimson at Watford Town Hall, July ’71. I was 13. Followed quickly by Yes supported by Brinsley Schwarz at Hemel Hempstead Pavilion.

Favourite piece of technology?
iPhones and iPads. Being able to read books and newspapers, and to communicate on the move, is great.

My girlfriend fell in love with Ray Shulman. I was pissed off!


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