- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Acid Test (December 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888358181
- ISBN-13: 978-1888358186
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion Paperback – December 1, 1998
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This is all about the author’s life and experience with the passion in his life being percussion instruments, namely various kinds of drums etc. In many ways Mickey Hart inherited his drumming ability and skills from his mother and father who were also drummers. This did not mean he did not have to work his tail off to become an expert drummer.
This excellent volume is organized into fourteen chapters covering the following topics: the call of the drum, the garden of percussion, the hole in the sky, portrait of a rudimental drummer, the circle of the drum, portrait of a drummer as a cold warrior, among the ethnos, the big clock, portrait of a drummer on the edge of noise, Shaman’s drum, portrait of a drummer at the edge of magic, Africa: The invisible counter player, the brotherhood of the drum and the making of the drum.
If your passion is drums this is a must read book. This book explores the mystery and appeal of the drum and other percussion instruments.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Hanbo-Jutsu: Use of the Hanbo, Cane, Walking Stick and Baton for self-defense).
Mickey Hart starts us with his early steps, covers military drumming and a bit of its place in history. He then moves on to anecdotal information about his days with the Grateful Dead.
He discusses the drums themselves, their national origins and histories and the connection between drummers and their instruments.
I am not a drummer but I can tell you that if you are called by the beat of the drum, this is a book you should read at least once.
Mickey is one of the "old guys" now, but the music he helped create in his day has yet to be matched in this era of digital drum beats and (gods
help us) auto tune "singing". Drummers, take a look behind you and see whose shoulders you're standing on. Mickey Hart will be standing large
in that group.