Monthly Archives: January 2016

Earl Palmer: I Wasn’t Quite Sure What I Wanted to Do with My Life

SKF NOTE: I had this phone conversation with Earl Palmer on February 28, 1981. This is another of my Modern Drummer History of Rock Drumming five-part series backgrounder interviews. I am so grateful to be posting these interviews for the … Continue reading

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Carmine Appice ‘Taught’ John Bonham to Play Drums?

SKF NOTE: Okay. It’s none of my business. Still, I cringed when I read what Carmine Appice’s book publisher wrote about Carmine and John Bonham. Fair enough to say Bonham was influenced by Carmine, but… CARMINE APPICE’s Memoir, ‘Stick It!: … Continue reading

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Brian Blade with Trixie Whitley

SKF NOTE: This Trixie Whitley video is also a fun look at drummer Brian Blade. WSJ.com – ARTS MUSIC Trixie Whitley Learns Some Musical Lessons Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late blues guitarist Chris Whitley, talks about keeping her musical independence … Continue reading

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Max Roach Gretsch Ad 1959

SKF NOTE: A classic Chuck Stewart Gretsch ad with Max Roach from the October 29, 1959 Down Beat.

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Hal Blaine: You Gotta Watch, Learn, Listen

SKF NOTE: Hal Blaine was a great friend to Modern Drummer magazine while I was on staff. It would not surprise me to know Hal is still a great friend to MD. In the early 1980’s, when I was writing The History … Continue reading

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Michael Carvin: Motown is the Bebop of Rock

SKF NOTE: I hate sounding like a broken record (no pun intended), but for the sake of readers visiting Life Beyond the Cymbals for the first time: I conducted a series of backgrounder interviews in the early 1980s for a … Continue reading

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Mel Lewis on Sinatra/Ellington’s “Follow Me”

SKF NOTE: The Frank Sinatra/Duke Ellington album, Francis A. & Edward K., is one of my all-time favorites. And, of course, it’s fun and instructive listening to Mel Lewis‘s thoughts on the song, Follow Me. Mel Lewis: That, of course, … Continue reading

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