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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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Vinnie Colaiuta Yamaha Endorsement Photo (1985)

SKF NOTE: My educated guess on this Vinnie Colaiuta endorsement picture, found among my file folders, is that Yamaha sent it to me when I was gathering info for CREEM’s 1985 Drum Supplement. I was surprised and disappointed then at … Continue reading

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The Fabulous Charli Persip (1956)

SKF NOTE: A wonderful photo by Francis Wolff of one of my favorite drummers, Charli Persip. This picture is from Blue Note’s Lee Morgan Volume 2: Sextet CD booklet.

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When Photographers and Drumsets Collide

SKF NOTE: Alan Gratzer’s 1981 Ludwig ad reminds me of an innovation Alan mentioned to photographer John Lee during an REO Speedwagon in-concert photo shoot for Gratzer’s Modern Drummer interview published in July 1981. At that time it was still … Continue reading

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Appreciating Drummer Photos Pre-Internet

SKF NOTE: I suppose drummers coming of age with the internet offering limitless video and sounds of famous drummers, will never understand the impact of a single magazine photo on drummers coming of age with magazines, books, and rare t.v. … Continue reading

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The Drum Thing: Photojournalist Portrays Drummers as Human Beings

SKF NOTE: So far, so good. That’s my first impression of Deirdre O’Callaghan’s newly published book of her photos and “personal conversations” with 100 drummers, The Drum Thing. In my February 2016 Life Beyond the Cymbals post, What Makes a … Continue reading

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The Making of a Joe Morello Ad

SKF NOTE: The making of an in-house ad for Modern Drummer. Here’s a nice letter from Joe Morello written to me after I had been MD‘s managing editor for one month. Joe was among the drummers I interviewed MD when … Continue reading

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