- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion Paperback – December 1, 1998
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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.
Hart's book is a great read, building on a lot of research. At times, it is rather evident that Hart's band was the Grateful Dead. That kind of "fuzzy" logic is the only thing I can hold against this book. And then again, I am not sure I even agree with myself here.
Hart's book is a must read for any drummer. It contains Hart's own personal story. But it also contains loads of interesting information on drums and drumming, some of it not easily available anywhere else.
The only reason not to get this book is if you cannot find it. Shame on the publishing company for not re-printing it. Pronto. Please...