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The Drum Thing Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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"In Deirdre O’Callaghan’s book The Drum Thing, drummers are front and center. Featuring portraits of and interviews with nearly 100 percussionists working across the musical spectrum, from rock to jazz to hip-hop, the book is a who’s who of the men and women who keep the beat."
-The New York Times
"Each image in The Drum Thing is unique. Whether it's Ringo Starr, Dave Grohl or Clem Burke tearing away with their sticks, Travis Barker looking warily into the camera, a smartened-up Larry Mullen Jr., a focused Stewart Copeland, the iconic profile of Questlove, or Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace deep in concentration on his kit outdoors, each subject occupies his or her own space in The Drum Thing thanks to O’Callaghan’s distinct aesthetic, a contrasting combination of raw and crisp that captures the essence of each one."
"The beat goes on in writer-photographer Deirdre O’Callaghan’s ultra-cool The Drum Thing by, which salutes a pantheon of professional percussionists."
"[I]t’s a beautiful and honorable thing that O’Callaghan does with The Drum Thing, shining a light on the faces that deserve to be known and seen. And the stories they share are mindboggling...With every page, O’Callaghan surprises us with the unexpected stories of the men and women behind the music."
"Drummers are notoriously the most overlooked members of the band. Musicians know, however, that drumming is the essential backbone of great music. That is why Irish photographer Deirdre O Callaghan chose drummers as the subject of her latest book, The Drum Thing... [Dedication and physicality] are on full display in the muscular images, most of which were taken in private homes or studios. That provides viewers with a rare look at both personal style and the rhythm of daily life."
—Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Deirdre O'Callaghan has published numerous books of photography, including Hide That Can, which was awarded Book of the Year by both the International Center of Photography in New York and the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles. One of the original team at Dazed and Confused magazine, O’Callaghan has shot artwork and press for major record labels as well as stars such as U2, The National, Peaches, De La Soul, and Disclosure.
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If you play, get this book.
If you're thinking about laying down some filthy lucre for a set, read this book first to see if your mind is maladjusted enough to want to beat on things for a living.
Old drummers never die, they just beat it out of town.