King Crimson – 1969 Marquee Handbill for 13th & 15th Shows

A May, 1969 handbill from The Marquee Club in London, advertising some of the earliest shows ever played by King Crimson.  The front, headlined “New Paths,” notes “There has been considerable discussion of late about the merger of jazz and popular music…The Marquee is most interested in this form of musical development and is proud to introduce a magnificent discovery called King Crimson comprising Robert Fripp (lead guitar,) Greegg Lake (bass, vocal,) Ian McDonald (vocal, mellotron, saxophone, flute, etc) and Michael Giles (drums)…King Crimson is a unique, progressive pop group with jazz influences…together we are sure, these musicians will open “new paths.”

This handbill lists King Crimson as playing May 25 and June 1, which online sources cite as their 13th and 15th shows ever; one website also lists them playing the Marquee May 16, which would have been as an unannounced opening act for Steppenwolf and The Steamhammer.  Also listed on the handbill are shows by Yes, Howlin’ Wolf, Terry Reid, The Taste, Blodwyn Pig, and others.  5 3/4″ x 9″ and in near mint condition, with a long flattened vertical crease down the middle.


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