The pulse of rock'n'roll-the drummer-finally gets its due in this
unique, all-encompassing inside look at the history, artists,
instruments, and culture of drumming.Beating the hell out of a drum
kit is hard, sweaty, demanding work. Yet instead of being showered
with respect, drummers are often viewed with derision-stereotyped
as crazy, borderline psychotic, or just plain dumb. But as every
musician knows, to have a great band you need a great drummer:
Ginger Baker. John Bonham. Chad Smith. Stewart Copeland. Lars
Ulrich. Neil Peart.For the first time, journalist Tony Barrell
shines a long overdue spotlight on these musicians, offering an
exciting look into their world, their art, and their personalities.
In Born to Drum, Barrell explores the extraordinary history of the
world's most primitive instrument and the musicians who have made
it legend. He interviews some of the most famous and revered and
well-known drummers of our time-including Chad Smith, Ginger Baker,
Clem Burke, Sheila E, Phil Collins, Nick Mason, Patty Schemel,
Butch Vig, and Omar Hakim-who share astonishing truths about their
work and lives. He investigates the stories of late, great drummers
such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, analyzes many of the greatest
drum tracks ever recorded, and introduces us to the world's fastest
drummer, the world's loudest drummer, and the first musician to
pilot a "flying drum kit" on stage.Fascinating and filled with
little known details, Born to Drum elevates drummers and their
achievements to their rightful place in the culture of the world.
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