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Born to Drum

The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers--from John Bonham and Keith Moon to Sheila E. and Dave Grohl

About the Book

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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Critical Praise

“Interesting, entertaining, and insightful. Barrell finally gives drummers their due—it’s more than we’re all a little crazy and just want to make some noise.” —Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers

“An engaging journey into the wild and wonderful world of drumming.” —Clem Burke, Blondie

“As Born to Drum proves, there’s a lot more to be told about drums and drumming than the Rolls-Royce in the swimming pool and the pyro beneath the bass drum . . . Good advice may be found within.” —Nick Mason, Pink Floyd

“Everyone should read this book—especially if you’re not a drummer. A great insight into a great sport.” —Joey Kramer, Aerosmith

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062307859
  • ISBN 10: 0062307851
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 03/17/2015
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 31.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: MUSIC / General
  • BISAC2: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
  • BISAC3: MUSIC / Musical Instruments / Percussion

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