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Sorry, Charlie – You Were a Great Drummer

In 1981, when Max Weinberg and I interviewed Charlie Watts in his New York City hotel room, Charlie seemed sad and, as a drummer, unfulfilled. He said anyone who said his drumming was great had no ears. Greatness, Charlie told … Continue reading

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Great Jazz Drummers of 1980s – Would I Change My Mind?

SKF NOTE: Somewhere 1980-1983, when I was on staff at Modern Drummer, I received a call from author Burt Korall. Mr. Korall was among the writers I absorbed in Down Beat magazine and jazz album liner notes. Getting phone calls … Continue reading

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Credit Where Due: Paul English Invented Wooden Brushes

SKF NOTE: In 1981, when I interviewed Paul English for Modern Drummer, I was early into my self-study of country music. This was a music that, at its inception, and for many years after, didn’t use drummers. In many instances, … Continue reading

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Pre-Order Robyn Flans’s Bio of Drummer Jeff Porcaro

SKF NOTE: When Robyn Flans was a frequent Modern Drummer contributor, and I was Managing Editor, we worked together on several 1980s interviews — including the Ringo Starr cover story. I’m looking forward to reading Robyn’s upcoming biography of one-of-a-kind … Continue reading

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J.R. Mitchell – I Didn’t Want to Play Left-Handed

SKF NOTE: Here’s the back story on my interview with J.R. Mitchell. In this excerpt, Mr. Mitchell discusses some of the challenges left-handed drummers face. Once I on an Iowa gig I had to share my right-handed drumset with the … Continue reading

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