King Crimson's Robert Fripp is in a legal dispute with David Bowie's estate over his contribution title to Bowie's Heroes and Scary Monsters albums.
Fripp contributed to Bowie's 1977 album Heroes of the Berlin Trilogy on the title-track, and provided his guitar playing to Bowie's 1980 album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).
The King Crimson guitarist is now in a legal dispute with David Bowie's estate and their reluctance to name Fripp as a "Featured Player" on both albums.
In a lengthy statement posted to Facebook yesterday (24 September), Fripp said, "The dispute centres on the refusal of PPL and the David Bowie estate to acknowledge that RF's contribution to the Heroes and Scary Monsters albums is that of a Featured Player. 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 added, "Dear innocent, reasonable reader: please note - we are dealing with the music industry here. 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."