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Who Cares About Drum History?

SKF NOTE: There will always be drummers interested in drum history, and drummers who aren’t interested. That’s my conclusion after years concerned the who-cares-about-drum-history? side would bury the we-care-about-drum-history side. Based on my experience, if the former prevails, important pieces … Continue reading

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RIP Chester B. Fish Jr.

RIP Chester B. Fish Jr. Scott K. Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • March 30, 2019 My dad died six hours ago. His name was Chester B. Fish, Jr. At age 93, dad outlived my mom by two years. … Continue reading

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Will Calhoun – Drummers Studying Piano, Music Theory

SKF NOTE: Will Calhoun is among my favorite interviews. I am sorry it was never published. From reading my 1989 notes, this interview was meant to be published in Modern Drummer magazine‘s offshoot quarterly magazines — Modern Percussionist. But before … Continue reading

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My 12 favorite drummers are Hal Blaine

My 12 favorite drummers are Hal Blaine Scott K. Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • March 16, 2019 Most of us know the sound of the 1960s. But very few of us can say we are a sound of … Continue reading

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Michael Shrieve – Musical Career Updater 1983

SKF NOTE: This exchange between Michael Shrieve and me, which survived on a cassette, shows how slow it was in 1983 for well-known drummers to get career updates to their fans on the page of a print magazine. In this … Continue reading

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Tommy Aldridge – Not the Drummer on ‘Diary of a Madman’

SKF NOTE: This cassette, from my stint as Managing Editor at Modern Drummer, seems to have been a tape I used, circa 1982, for interview follow-ups with drummers. The tape has bits and pieces of different conversations and music. Tommy … Continue reading

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Bill Maxwell – On Becoming a Grammy Winning Producer

SKF NOTE: Andrae Crouch, The Winans, Freddie Hubbard, Koinonia — Bill Maxwell’s work as drummer and producer is among the best. Bill first came to my attention through my ears in 1981. No pre-judging on my part. Introducing The Winans … Continue reading

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