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How a US Vice President inspired a classic King Crimson song

Source: Far Out.

Although the song is broadly directed to the incumbent American government of the time, led by the controversial President Richard Nixon, before a live rendition of the song on December 14th, 1969, Fripp sarcastically revealed the identity of who it was written about. He said that ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ was dedicated to “an American political personality whom we all know and love dearly. His name is Spiro Agnew.”