Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers--from John Bonham and Keith Moon to Sheila E. and Dave Grohl

Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers--from John Bonham and Keith Moon to Sheila E. and Dave Grohl

Tony Barrell

Language: English

Pages: 214

ISBN: 2:00281251

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


he pulse of rock 'n' roll—the drummer—finally gets its due in this unique, all-encompassing inside look at the culture and history of drumming

Beating the hell out of a drum kit is hard, sweaty, demanding work. Yet instead of being showered with respect, drummers are often viewed with derision—stereotyped as crazy, borderline psychotic, or just plain dumb. But as every musician knows, to have a great band you need a great drummer: Ginger Baker. John Bonham. Chad Smith. Stewart Copeland. Neil Peart.

For the first time, Tony Barrell shines a long-overdue spotlight on these musicians, offering an exciting look into their world, their art, and their personalities. In Born to Drum, Barrell explores the extraordinary history of the world's most primitive instrument and the musicians who have made it legend. He interviews some of the most famous, revered, and influential drummers of our time—including Chad Smith, Ginger Baker, Clem Burke, Sheila E., Phil Collins, Nick Mason, Patty Schemel, Butch Vig, and Omar Hakim—who share astonishing truths about their work and lives. He investigates the stories of late, great drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, analyzes many of the greatest drum tracks ever recorded, and introduces us to the world's fastest and loudest drummers, as well as the first musician to pilot a "flying drum kit" onstage.

Filled with fascinating insights into the trade and little-known details about the greats, Born to Drum elevates drummers and their achievements to their rightful place in music lore and pop culture.

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Slipknot fans as the Clown—almost kill himself by diving into a dustbin during an Ozzfest tour in 1999? “I jumped into a garbage can headfirst,” he recounted later, “and I didn’t realize it was half-full of water. I got stuck in that thing for about thirty-five seconds, and I remember thinking, ‘You’ve done it! You fucking went somewhere you shouldn’t have gone, and now it’s going to get you!’ It was serious.” In December 2012, Brian Tichy was mountain-biking when he fell and broke his

plenty of guitarists and singers and keyboard players who have had misadventures while “under the influence.” But drummers seem to have done this more frequently and more spectacularly. Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys was forced to miss part of the recording sessions for the band’s chart-topping album AM after he broke his hand. He said afterward that it had been the result of “a bizarre incident” one night when he had punched a wall that was “harder than I expected . . . I was just messing

public-relations/damage-limitation mode, visiting neighbors, inviting them on factory tours, and buttering them up in a local bar. “Over beers, we worked out compromises,” he later explained. “I agreed to shut down certain machines after 10 o’clock, like the stick lathes and the scarfing machines, and the neighborhood allowed us to expand.” Frequently, it becomes apparent that a young person is going to be a drummer when he or she starts attacking household objects in a percussive manner. The

them to take up various instruments. Of course, when people left the school, they had to leave the band as well, and the drummer was due to leave in two years, so I was asked if I wanted to take up the drums. I gave it a go and I became very interested in it. And the drummer I took over from was Ian Mosley, who went on to become the drummer in the band Marillion.” Rivron would stay behind for an hour after school, sitting behind the kit and playing along to big-band music on a reel-to-reel tape

1970s. In 1975 his bandmate Brian May called him a “great drummer,” explaining: “He’s got his own special style. I don’t know what it is, but when he plays, I know immediately that it is him. It’s so distinctive.” I was surprised, therefore, when Taylor told me recently that he didn’t specifically identify himself a drummer. “I think of myself as a musician, really, more than just a drummer,” he said. “I just think of it as all one thing—just being musical.” In 2013 he released his fifth solo

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