It was four years ago, the January, 1977 premier issue of Modern Drummer, that Buddy Rich graced our cover. Rich is back again, with comments that are inspiring and honest. This exclusive interview is filled with anecdotes tracing Rich's early career and personal acquaintances. But the main focus is Rich's philosophy regarding his music and the success and failure that he holds himself accountable for. His strong convictions about his art and life have carried him to the pinnacle of reverence among musicians who have played for or listened to him throughout the years.
As we move into a new decade, certain trends in contemporary music have already become apparent. To find out more about rock music of the 80's and the style of drumming that it incorporates, we have interviewed Clem Burke of Blondie; Bruce Gary of The Knack; Stan Lynch of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; and Alan Myers of Devo.