Bill Bruford: The Autobiography : Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks, and More

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Jawbone Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
(Book). Bill Bruford once called "the godfather of progressive-rock drumming" has been at the top of his profession for four decades, playing with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks, and many more. The Autobiography is his memoir of life at the heart of prog rock, art rock, and modern jazz. It is an honest, entertaining, well-written 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 cliches 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 unusual, funny, and insightful music memoir answers the question.
 

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I’d call the book sociology: The Sociology of Music. Well-written. A few ‘Britishisms’ used, but a fine read. I was interested in the sociology of popular music, and in Bruford. I got plenty of both. Read full review

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User Review  - anandrajan - LibraryThing

The former Yes and King Crimson drummer (with detours via Genesis, UK and Bruford) shows why he's so widely revered. After all, how many drummers do you know who first become famous as rock drummers ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
17
Chapter 1
18
Chapter 2
39
Chapter 3
60
Chapter 4
73
Chapter 5
89
Chapter 6
106
Chapter 7
126
Chapter 13
230
Chapter 14
251
Chapter 15
266
Chapter 16
279
Chapter 17
297
Chapter 18
313
Chapter 19
331
Back Matter
348

Chapter 8
144
Chapter 9
162
Chapter 10
182
Chapter 11
200
Chapter 12
216
Index
350
Back Flap
355
Bruford back cover
356
Spine
357
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