Life in Double Time: Confessions of an American Drummer

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Chronicle Books, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
Sometime between actually meeting Elvis outside The Old South Club in Lawton, Oklahoma, and seeing a red sparkle Roger's drum set, rock'n'roll took over Mike Lankford's life. His first problem was how to buy a drum set - since the salesman at the salesman at the music store woudn't let him "borrow" one. But get those drums he did, and Life in Double Time is the unvarnished and unhinged account of the consequences. After winning the Battle of the Bands in high school, Mike was member of a series of local groups before declaring himself ready to go out on the road. But lying low in southern Olklahoma didn't yield any big gigs, until suddenly, oppurtunity knocked. With no rehearsals and very little understanding of what he was getting himself into, he took off with what his mother called "a Negro band headed for parts unknown", a seasoned blues outfit from Chicago called Salt & Pepper. (The band's white drummer had run off to Texas, and they desperately needed a new white drummer, or a new name.). No leaps to stardom, no overnight success, Mike Lankford gives us the real story about going on the road. Without missing a beat, Life in Double Time combines Mike's eye-opening, hilarious adventures and lyrical writing to prove once and for all that, especially in the music world, fact is stranger than fiction.
 

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LIFE IN DOUBLE TIME: Confessions of an American Drummer

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A witty, often endearing throwaway memoir of a young musician's professional coming-of-age in the '60s and early '70s. Lankford discovered his vocation at age 13, upon seeing his first live rock 'n ... Read full review

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Like countless other members of the boomer generation, Lankford's life was shaped by rock'n'roll. But unlike most rock'n'rollers, Lankford was able to make a living at it, at least for a while. We ... Read full review

Contents

In the Beginning Was Elvis
3
My Life Gains a Focus
13
A TenFoot Rope
21
Growing That Second Wing
30
Garage Bands
36
My Budding Reputation
43
Small Towns
52
Battle of the Bands
59
The Back of the Van
141
How can you tell if a bandstand is level?
149
Dennis Bird Parker
160
Slapping the Monkey
170
Little Vince
182
My First Stabbing
190
A Burning Tale
198
High Hair
214

What Else Could I Do?
67
Larry Lays an Egg
75
Howdy Doody Time
85
Me and Mary Lou
92
Busting
135
Romance
226
Death Stares Me in the Face
237
Give Me a Break
248
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About the author (1997)

Mike Lankford has played the Midwest for the past 20 years and lives in Iowa.

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