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.