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Janne Yliruusi marked it as rol, Jan 17, Personally I find intelligence an attractive quality, and this book oozes it. The era of the Mahavishnu Orchestra-style instrumental supergroup was effectively over by the end of that decade, so unless our man followed Phil Collins’ journey from the drum stool to the spotlight at the front of the stage, there was effectively no way for him to rise higher.

Will usually dispatch within 2 working days of receiving cleared payment – opens in a new window or tab. The commentary is underpinned by a relentless, ongoing critique of the horrid quagmire that is or was the music business. No additional brufrd charges on delivery.

If your group can count among its number John The Baptist on nose-flute, ex-President Clinton on tenor saxophone, a couple of tabla players, and a rock guy on guitar, preferably Andy Summers from The Bilo, you will do well on the festival circuit that summer. Mike Garrett rated it liked it Feb 10, On returning home I called him and as is my wont gave him the dubious benefit of some unasked-for advice, suggesting that he could always “do an Alex Ferguson” and arbitrarily cancel his retirement any time he felt like it.

Clark rated it it was amazing Mar 28, To carry on recording and gigging, musicians had to set up their own production companies, deal with record distributors, find their own gigs and promote themselves to the wider world, all time-consuming chores when all you really want to do is play.

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Drummer While all of the book interested me, the part that affected me most was where the author talks about the psychological difficulties that affected rol last few years of his performing career and ultimately caused him to quit. Juaco Luna marked it as to-read Oct 31, Add to Watch list Watching.

Bill Bruford – When in Doubt, Roll by Bill Bruford

David rated it it was amazing Aug 03, I fondly remember his response delivered as we partied, somewhat improbably, on a Los Angeles studio-owner’s boat to a tipsy fellow guest’s innocent query: Still, Bill Bruford ranks among my favorite musicians of all time, let alone drummers. The belated realisation that your career has already peaked in the crude terms of the market at least at the age of 23 can’t be good for long-term morale.

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Bruford’s “When In Doubt, Roll!”

This remark on recording his solo album Feels Good To Me is telling: It contains transcriptions for eighteen of his songs covering his period with Yes until his album “Flags” Bill Bruford is not only an outstanding musician, but also an outstanding writer. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Such sophisticated groove, and that snare sound Chris Morrow rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Please do not reprint, upload or bil without permission.

The accuracy of the reporting takes a sharp dip in this description of a certain keyboardist’s equipment: If the overdubber was feeling particularly sensitive and there are few organisms as thin-skinned as an improvising musician in a recording studioBill’s gentle reminders might be mistaken for the sound of a whip cracking, and that occasionally caused friction. Drew Bull marked it as to-read Dec 31, The Best Books of Doubr for those of us who like a beuford, there’s a lot of humour in this book – the following description of the hoops bandleaders have to jump through to get their group booked at trendy festivals made me guffaw out loud: Far from being specialist medical facilities where people are cured of a perverse desire to play the drums, these events are designed to do the opposite: Bill Bruford is not only an outstanding musician, but also an outstanding writer.



When In Doubt, Roll!

As the ever-complaining British TV character Victor Meldrew said, “Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just switch off your brain? Please enter a number less than or equal to whe. One welcome departure from the general gloom is an account of an improvised piano-and-drums concert with Michiel Borstlap at the Purcell Room, a storming gig in which Bill manages to throw off his demons and enjoy himself.

Such problems were not in evidence when I started working with him wwhen – indeed, he was one of the most confident musicians I had ever met, appeared supremely at ease with his playing and seemed to know exactly what he wanted to do professionally.

I’m sure this video has been posted a lot, but it makes me smile every time. Please enter up to 7 characters for the postcode. Maybe it’s just the cold-water-in-the-face reality of showbiz, but the focus on how much is disfunctional and dodgy in the industry makes you wonder how anyone could possibly enjoy a successful career.

It didn’t take long before he cemented into my head the kind of musician I wished to be, even as a guitarist. Being able to see yourself as others do is admirable, but the habit of self-observation can lead to painful self-consciousness; rolo can only sympathise with Bill’s predicament when he writes “My self-awareness at the drumset is reaching epic proportions.

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