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Drummers that write and writers that drum.

L-R: Mark Guiliana, Billy Ward, Michael Parillo (Associate Editor, Modern Drummer magazine), Bruford, Adam Budofsky (Editorial Director, Modern Drummer).

2017-11-22T12:26:55+00:00 December 21st, 2010|

Letter from America

Roy Harper's 'Trigger', 1975. It was weird being on tour in the US recently, this time without a drum kit. In my playing days, we used to fly vast quantities of drums and specialist percussion [...]

2017-11-22T12:26:16+00:00 January 10th, 2011|

Questions answered

Gong taking a rest-stop, Norway December 1974: L-R unidentified, unidentified, Carolyn Bruford, Mike Howlett (bass), Didier Malherbe (saxophone). Michael DeAngury from Charlotte, North Carolina 17.01.2011 has a great set of photos from a Yes gig [...]

2017-11-22T12:25:49+00:00 February 7th, 2011|

Congratulations to eagle-eyed reader.

Congratulations to Russell Whitworth, who discovered the (accidental) deliberate error in the recent list of '10 Albums that Changed My Life'. In number 7 - Miles' Bitches Brew - the Ornette Coleman album is in [...]

2017-10-27T10:15:16+00:00 February 20th, 2011|

February’s questions answered.

With Genesis c.1976: L-R front: Rutherford, Collins, Hackett. L-R rear: Banks, Bruford. Continuing thanks to all for kind comments about my literary efforts. The book continues to sell steadily on a growing word of mouth [...]

2017-11-22T12:24:11+00:00 February 27th, 2011|

March Questions answered by Bill…

With Adrian Belew, King Crimson guitarist and singer, c1984 Fernando Hurtado - Date: 28.02.2011 - What do you think the drummer of the future will be? There are great drummers that are doing some great [...]

2017-11-22T12:23:19+00:00 April 7th, 2011|

Tips on composing drum parts for songs: part 2

Music for the 1997 Summerfold album 'If Summer Had Its Ghosts'. The following fairly complicated question came in, and I thought it might be good to try to air an answer in public. It’s a [...]

2017-11-22T12:21:43+00:00 April 19th, 2011|

Hayman Drums and April’s Responses

Earthworks, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2004. L-R Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland, Mark Hodgson, Bill Prompted by the front cover photo of the book, which shows a scarily youthful Bruford in action, plenty of people have asked 'when [...]

2017-11-22T12:21:17+00:00 May 3rd, 2011|

Bass Players, Odd-time Signatures, and Remote Hi-hats…

This picture at Duke University, Raleigh, N.C. in late 1971 shows Bill sound-checking his complete two-floor tom Hayman kit. Note the Hayman snare has been demoted to spare in favour of his ‘Roundabout’ Ludwig snare. [...]

2017-11-22T12:20:29+00:00 June 4th, 2011|

Limited Edition 2-Disc Vinyl Album ‘From Conception to Birth’

Pictured: the limited edition artwork. As you may have gathered, Foruli Limited Editions Books are publishing a special edition of my autobiography this Fall. Among several other interesting features of this, there is a two-disc vinyl album [...]

2017-11-22T12:18:46+00:00 July 25th, 2011|