Category Archives: Drum/Music News

News items of note, present and past, about drummers and other musicians.

Pete Best Plays Himself in ‘Lennon’s Banjo’ Stage Production

SKF Blog: Fun stuff. Thumbs up to Pete Best for his sense of humor and historical perspective. ===== http://www.itv.com Beatles drummer Pete Best to play himself in new John Lennon play The original Beatles drummer, Pete Best, will appear in … Continue reading

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Bobby Blotzer’s 1985 Ludwig Ad

SKF NOTE: Ah, drum industry advertising! What’s not to love? Here’s a nice 1985 photo of RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer with his Ludwig drumset. Scurry to a Ludwig dealer, indeed.

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Jimmy Chamberlin: A Drummer’s Heart on Canvas

SKF NOTE: Solid thoughts from Smashing Pumpkins‘s Jimmy Chamberlin on learning to communicate through drumming. Jimmy Chamberlin: [A] lot of people…don’t give themselves enough time to master something, even something as simple as a paradiddle or a single stroke roll. … Continue reading

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Jack Bruce: Tony Williams is ‘the Prophet of Rhythm’

Stanley Hall: Did you enjoy working with the Tony Williams Lifetime? Jack Bruce: Oh yeah, it was one of the high spots, and Tony, he’s the prophet of rhythm. Source: Jack Bruce: Low String Eclectic, by Stanley Hall. Down Beat, … Continue reading

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Drum Photos as Drum Lessons

SKF NOTE: A great 1968 photo of Buddy Rich. I’ve said it before, but photos like this one were drum lessons in themselves. Especially pre-internet and when opportunities to see Buddy and other great drummers live or on tv were … Continue reading

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Living with Great Sounds of Unknown Drummers

SKF NOTE: There was a moment, after deciding in 1982, to write a History of Rock Drumming, I realized how huge a task was ahead of me. Much later, there was a moment I knew there probably would always be … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich: A Great Psychologist Who Knew How to Inspire People

SKF NOTE: One more reflection on Buddy Rich from a musician who knew and worked with Buddy. Thank you, Charles Owens. Buddy Rich: “I was mystified by Buddy’s drum technique. He could play a 9-stroke roll on his snare drum … Continue reading

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