1967, the Summer of Love - Modern Drummer Magazine

1967, the Summer of Love

I was ten years old in 1967. Rolling Stone magazine debuted that year, and I’d just gotten my first “real” drumkit. I started playing when I was seven—like most drummers in my age bracket, after seeing Ringo and the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. What a year to start playing along to records, which is how we did it back in the day. I had my record player set up on a table right next to my drums so I could work the needle back and forth, over and over, to learn how to play the parts. I was also playing along to so many hit songs that were on the radio. At the time my friends and I didn’t know that session drummer Hal Blaine was twenty of our favorite drummers!

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