Category Archives: Backgrounder Interviews

I did a number of backgrounder interviews in the early 1980s for a five-part feature series I wrote for Modern Drummer magazine called, “The History of Rock Drumming.” These interviews were never published until now. This blog category is set up so Life Beyond the Cymbals readers can have access to all the backgrounder interviews in one place.

Armin Steiner: Recording Motown in L.A.

SKF NOTE: My Carol Kaye transcript, and other of my backgrounder interviews, prompted questioning from some readers about West coast musicians recording early Motown records. Several musicians and other music industry people told me some (many?) of those Motown recordings … Continue reading

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Carol Kaye: I Never Really Wanted to Do Studio Work

SKF NOTE: In the early 1980s, when I spoke with musician Carol Kaye, I felt incredibly fortunate. I still feel that way. I was working to put together a history of rock drummers that, at times, was tough to piece … Continue reading

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Fred Below: They Didn’t Teach Blues Music in School

SKF NOTE: This is another in my series of Modern Drummer backgrounder interviews. I wrote on the transcript that I edited this interview on June 11, 1981 for use in the Blues Drummers segment of my History of Rock Drumming. … Continue reading

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Hal Blaine: Spector Sessions Were Agony, Ecstasy and Magic

SKF NOTE: This Hal Blaine interview is another of my backgrounder interviews for my History of Rock Drumming feature series for Modern Drummer in the early 1980s. This interview is published here for the first time. All of these interviews can … Continue reading

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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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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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