Category Archives: Revisiting My Life in Music

The Day the King of Music Photographers Screamed at Me

SKF NOTE: I posted my What Makes a Music Photographer Good? on DrumForum.org, and member bbunk replied, “Whoa – Jim Marshall!!! You got to work with the king of music photographers!” To which I replied, “Someday I’ll write about, The Day … Continue reading

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What Makes a Music Photographer Good?

SKF NOTE: I wrote in an earlier post about, from my perspective as Modern Drummer‘s managing editor, what makes a music journalist good. I said I would write as well about what makes a music photographer good. A picture is … Continue reading

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This Woodshed Changed My Life

SKF NOTE: These are photos of Charles R. Fish Nursery in Auburn, MA. It was 100 square acres of tree nursery belonging to my paternal grandparents. It is also where my father, Chet Fish, and his two brothers, my Uncle … Continue reading

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My First Typewriter is Getting a Makeover

SKF NOTE: I bought this L.C. Silent typewriter circa 1971, used, for $35 at a Goodwill in Huntington, NY. I began my professional writing career with it. Factoring for inflation, magazines — including Modern Drummer — paid me $2,500 for … Continue reading

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Art Blakey at Birdland 1951

SKF NOTE: I love this Francis Wolff photo from Blue Note‘s Miles Davis: Birdland 1951 CD booklet. Art Blakey‘s beret and bowtie are classic! The CD sound quality isn’t optimum, but it’s optimum enough to hear Blakey swinging his tail off. … Continue reading

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Knowing What Kind of Man Composed the Music

SKF NOTE: Years ago I read a story of Confucius studying music. The story is at the end of this blog entry. (As I write I cannot recall either the book author or title. I will update this blog post when … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Life In Music: Early Days at Modern Drummer Pt. 2

In Revisiting My Life in Music: Early Days at Modern Drummer I write about how the preliminary actions the MD Editors and Art Director took in deciding which columns and feature stories were in each magazine. Using the December 1982 MD as … Continue reading

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