Forewords by MARK GUILIANA (Avishai Cohen, Jazz Mandolin Project, Heernt) and MIKE PORTNOY (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob)
Bill Bruford's professional musical career began in 1968. He was a guiding light in the British Art Rock movement, recording and touring internationally with Yes and King Crimson from 1968-74, and became known as the godfather of progressive-rock drumming. Since then he has worked with many other artists, including Gong, National Health, Genesis and U.K., and has led his own bands Bruford and Earthworks.
This is Bill's memoir of life at the heart of prog rock, art rock and modern jazz. It is an honest and entertaining account of life on the road and in the studio rubbing shoulders with the famous, the less famous, and the infamous, and creating an impressive tally of great music.
A rock musician with the temperament of a classical musician, who became a jazz musician, Bruford defies all the clichés about drummers. He says "You write what you have to write, you play what you have to play, because you can't sleep at night. If you can sleep at night, you shouldn't be doing this anyway".
From time to time, at polite dinner parties, someone will ask Bill what he does. He replies that he is a musician. "Yes, but what do you really do?" retorts the enquirer. This memoir answers that question.
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"Bill Bruford's story is not just for drummers. It is for all artists, musicians, music lovers, or anyone who wonders what it s really like to spend your life trying to make the music you love." Neil Peart, Rush
"Bill Bruford's autobiography is a frequently hilarious recounting of his long life in progressive rock and jazz. Defying every drummer joke you ve ever heard, he writes successfully from inside the music ." David Fricke, Rolling Stone
"Bruford's autobiography not only provides a humorous insight into the daily detail of a successful musician's life but also grapples with the big existential issues of what it takes to be an artist of any sort in the modern world" David Sinclair, The Guardian
"Professorial in its remit and written with a bone-dry wit and an authoritative elegance that will be the envy of many far more high-profile cultural commentators, this might just end up becoming one of the best-informed, most informative textbooks of its time" Marco Rossi, Shindig
"An engaging and dryly witty style that makes for an easy, can't-put-it-down read...This book addresses matters anecdotal, technical, practical, emotional and philosophical with style, panache and élan" John Kelman, All About Jazz
"Head and shoulders above the majority of books in its class" Jeff Miers, Buffalo News
"Bruford is a literate biographer and honest" Steven Rosen, Curled up With a Good Book
"It's frank, cynical, very amusing, inspiring, thought provoking and highly recommended" Brent Keefe, Drummer Magazine
"Bill Bruford's autobiography is one of the most original books you ll ever come across, penned by a man that some would still label a rock star" Adam Garrie, usaprogmusic.com
"The most extraordinary autobiography I've ever read on music" David Etheridge, Performing Musician