Monthly Archives: October 2016

Audio: Frankie Dunlop: Monk Said, “Keep the Time, Regardless”

SKF NOTE: Frankie Dunlop agreed to a feature interview for Modern Drummer magazine, which was published in 1984. I didn’t know at the time my interview sessions with Frankie would be his only full-length interview. Now, 30 plus years later … Continue reading

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Mickey Hart Reissuing ‘Planet Drum’

Grateful Dead Drummer Mickey Hart to Reissue 1991 World Music Classic Planet Drum Speaking about Planet Drum, Hart said, “This experience was about people wanting to come together – folks weren’t culturally bound by their rhythms; they were in the … Continue reading

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Paul T. Riddle and Max Weinberg: Don’t Get Lazy, Keep Learning

SKF NOTE: My full three-way exchange with drummers Max Weinberg and Paul T. Riddle remains unpublished. In the early 1980s, Max and I were collaborating on a drum book. This interview was done for Max’s book. Part way into that … Continue reading

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Roy McCurdy: Taking More Private Students

SKF NOTE: From Roy McCurdy’s Facebook page. What a great opportunity for drummers. If you need Roy McCurdy backgrounder info, here’s Roy’s interview with me late last year. Roy McCurdy October 13 at 1:39pm · I have decided to take more … Continue reading

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The Dog Chewed My Drum Heads

SKF NOTE: Wiiliam F. Ludwig Jr., former President of the Ludwig Drum Co., comes to mind everytime I walk by rawhide dog bones or chews in pet products sections of food stores. Specifically, I  remember a conversation Mr. Ludwig and … Continue reading

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Fred Below on Backing Singers (Audio) July 9, 1982

SKF NOTE: Fred Below was always on my short list of drummers to interview, who, as far as I knew, had never shared their stories for posterity. My first chance to right that wrong came while I was at Modern … Continue reading

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Papa Jo Jones: We Played Who We Were at the Time

SKF NOTE: Chip Stern‘s 1984 Modern Drummer feature interview with Papa Jo Jones is still, in my opinion, the definitive piece on the great drummer. “It could only happen once,” Papa Jo says, telling drummers born after Papa Jo’s heyday, … Continue reading

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