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Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers--from John Bonham and Keith Moon to Sheila E. and Dave Grohl Hardcover – March 17, 2015

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“Interesting, entertaining, and insightful. Barrell finally gives drummers their due—it’s more than we’re all a little crazy and just want to make some noise.” (Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

“An engaging journey into the wild and wonderful world of drumming.” (Clem Burke, Blondie)

“As Born to Drum proves, there’s a lot more to be told about drums and drumming than the Rolls-Royce in the swimming pool and the pyro beneath the bass drum . . . Good advice may be found within.” (Nick Mason, Pink Floyd)

“Everyone should read this book—especially if you’re not a drummer. A great insight into a great sport.” (Joey Kramer, Aerosmith)

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“An engaging journey into the wild and wonderful world of drumming.”—CLEM BURKE, Blondie

To have a great band you need a great drummer. 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, 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.

“As Born to Drum proves, there’s a lot more to be told about drums and drumming than the Rolls-Royce in the swimming pool and the pyro beneath the bass drum.”—NICK MASON, Pink Floyd

“Everyone should read this book—especially if you’re not a drummer. A great insight into a great sport.”—Joey Kramer, Aerosmith

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books (March 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062307851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062307859
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born to Drum takes an inside look at the history, artists, instruments and culture of drummers.

This book was deeply fascinating to read even though I didn't recognize many names in this book. That is one thing I found quite peculiar that I knew of many bands and never knew the drummers name. I started reading this book thinking that hopefully I would about Phil Collins and Roger Taylor (of Queen not Duran Duran) and I got what I wished for and so much more. There was so much information here, anecdotes, interesting theories (no not all the drummers are batshit crazy like Keith Moon lol) and I learned a lot. It was interesting to read about women who drums, a subject I knew very, very little about and as I'm a bit morbid did I like reading about drummers that died or almost died because of drugs and alcohol. Don't take drugs and drive if you are a drummer btw!

Another thing I found very interesting besides​ everything I learned in this book is how I listen to music while and after I read the book, suddenly I'm listening to drums in a whole new way. I have always liked drums, but now old songs feel like new songs when I listen to the drums...

I recommend this book to all music nerds out there!

4.5 stars
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It was truly amazing to relate to 90% of what Tony had to tell. The other 10% was in a class WAY beyond my drumming life, the famous, the drugs and all of that. This is a very good read for drummers of all ages and continents. After each chapter I would reflect on my drumming world and it just clicked.."Yes I did that" ! Although some of the English drummers were unknown to me..the story is the same...no matter where you are from. My drumming world like most in this story began shortly after 1964 as well and it seemed that Tony was interviewing me as well.
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I've been a professional drummer for over 24 years and I think this book is great! It's not about who's the best player, or who's made the most money doing it.. It's about what it means to be a drummer and the nuances that surround dedicating yourself to the instrument.
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It is a good book and has a lot of good insights about drummers and a lot of interesting facts.I was amazed at some of the people who play drums.I play drums and have always found myself beating on thing or tapping my feat now I know why
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Really enjoyed it and also learned about new drummers whom I had not previously known
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Expected more comparison and critique. After four or five chapters, I realized that the whole book was about proving his theory that all drummers were loose cannons.
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