Sid Smith – Doyen of the Sleeve Note – 429

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

This week we blew away the lockdown cobwebs by means of a bracing conversation with the ever jovial and generous Sid Smith. Responsible for many Yes, King Crimson and other sleeve notes, he shared his approaches and told a story or two. It was a very enjoyable chat.

  • How do you get involved in writing sleeve notes?
  • Are all sleeve notes created equal?
  • What plans has Sid got for the future?

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Show notes and links:

Sid’s brilliant King Crimson book – buy it here

Sid’s Mixcloud

Sid on Twitter

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The one hundred and seventh episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring an interview with Sid Smith, author of a book about King Crimson, writer of many album sleeve notes and a bit of a Yes fan. Sid has recently written the words inside the new Steven Wilson re-mixes of Close to the Edge.

  • Which prog rocker interview was Sid’s favourite?
  • What does Sid think of the news that King Crimson are to active again in 2014?
  • How did he approach the writing of sleeve notes for Close to the Edge?
  • What is Sid going to do with all the left-over material from his extensive band member interviews?

Listen out for the answers to these questions and many more in this brilliant interview!