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December 2021 – Volume 45 • Number 12

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Articles in December 2021

Backbeats

12 Iconic Punk-Rock Drummers Sound Off

We spun through the MD archives to collect some brash, aggro wisdom from punk-rock, punk-pop, or post-punk drummers who have shared their musical insights in these pages. Punk isn’t always about diving blindly into intensity with limited technique, and some…

Modern Drummer
Jan 10, 2022
Prog Pioneers

Carl Palmer

Excerpted from the June/July 1980 issue How did you first meet Keith Emerson and Greg Lake? It just so happened at the time in London when Emerson and Lake were getting together I was kind of the only guy in…

Story by Cheech Iero
Jan 10, 2022
Prog Pioneers

Nick Mason

Excerpted from the November 2011 issue How do you feel about your drumming on the many classic Pink Floyd cuts? I’ve always been a bit disparaging of my own playing. I tend to listen to things and wish I’d done…

Story by Adam Budofsky
Jan 10, 2022
Jazz Heroes

Billy Cobham Excerpted from the August/September 1979 Issue

Billy Cobham is one of the strongest innovative forces on the drumming scene today. Both his technique, and drum set up are awesome. We met at Starr Recording Studios where Cobham was to record an instructional tape for the Tama…

By Cheech Iero
Jan 10, 2022
Prog Pioneers

Alan White

Excerpted from the February/March 1980 issue Yes is one of the few bands who combine exploration of musical art forms with the vitality of rock music. Their arrange­ments are impeccable and their playing skills, superb. What’s more, those guys can…

Story by Susan Alexander
Jan 10, 2022
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The First Five MD Hall of Fame Drummers

John Bonham Elected to Hall of Fame in 1981

Excerpted from the John Bonham tribute issue, July 1984 John Bonham played, for the most part, a very simple drumkit, consisting of a 14x26 bass drum, a 12x15 small tom—at first mounted on a snare stand and later on the…

Story by T. Bruce Wittet
Jan 10, 2022
MTV Era Darlings

Larry Mullen A candid interview with the drummer

Excerpted from the August 1985 issue Let me say first of all that I don’t do interviews, ever. I did them when the band started, and then 1 stopped because I didn’t enjoy them. I’ve seen issues of Modern Drummer.…

Story by Connie Fisher
Jan 10, 2022
Features

Remembering Ron Spagnardi

Quotes from the Original Fearless Leader No plan. No staff. Just a grand passion, the personal savings of Ron Spagnardi and his wife Isabel, and the sweat entity of his dad and their daughter. There was little hope that a…

Modern Drummer
Jan 10, 2022
Jazz Heroes

Art Blakey Excerpted from the September 1984 issue

The first rays of dusk suffuse Art Blakey’s Greenwich Village apartment with shards of amber gray light, and as the shadows dance upon his brow, Blakey’s face takes on a totemic grace. The snow-white hair fades out of the foreground…

Story by Chip Stern
Jan 10, 2022
MTV Era Darlings

Martin Chambers

Excerpted from the July 1982 issue The single biggest influence in Martin Chambers’ onstage attitude and playing considerations was Keith Moon. “He was a very good player and a very talented free player, much like Mitch Mitchell. But the thing…

Story by Robyn Flans
Jan 10, 2022
Jazz Heroes

Max Roach Excerpted from the June 1982 issue

Max Roach is a vital link in the chain of drum history. He was recognized as the man who pioneered a modern drumming style for his work with bebop giants like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In the ‘50s and…

Story by Scott K. Fish
Jan 10, 2022
The First Five MD Hall of Fame Drummers

Gene Krupa Elected to Hall of Fame in 1979

Excerpted from the October/November 1979 issue “I’m happy that I succeeded in doing two things: I made the drummer a high­priced guy, and I was able to draw more people to jazz.” The above quote of drum master Gene Krupa…

Story by Karen Larcombe
Jan 10, 2022
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Jazz Heroes

Peter Erskine Excerpted from the January 1983 issue

If Peter Erskine isn’t careful, he’s going to start giving jazz, musicians a good name. I mean, we all know about the reputation jazz players have with the general public, right? The stereotypical jazzer is perceived to be a sullen,…

Story by Rick Mattingly
Jan 10, 2022
The First Five MD Hall of Fame Drummers

Buddy Rich Elected to Hall of Fame in 1980

Excerpted from the January 1977 issue When it comes to interviewing Buddy, one must learn to expect the unexpected. You can end up with a first rate story, or no story at all. He’s a very intense human being, with…

Story by Jim Warchol
Jan 10, 2022
MTV Era Darlings

Roger Taylor Excerpted from the March 1985 issue

What prompted you to start playing drums? When I was at school, I used to listen to the radio and records a lot. When I was younger, it was sort of the start of the techno-rock thing. I was brought…

Story by Robyn Flans
Jan 10, 2022
Prog Pioneers

Bill Bruford

Excepted from the January/February 1979 issue Bill Bruford has never attained the widespread fame of Carl Palmer or Billy Cobham. But whenever Bruford’s name is mentioned, it is almost invariably prefaced by the term ‘’drummer extraordinaire” or ‘’precise percussionist.” Bruford,…

Story by Michael Shore
Jan 10, 2022
Prog Pioneers

Phil Collins

Excerpted from the March/April 1979 issue Phil Collins’ muscular arms are flowing as his hands snap out the illusive 6/8 beat. The music swells around and through him while his piercing eyes look inward, directing his movements. Collins is an…

Story by Susan Alexander
Jan 10, 2022
MTV Era Darlings

Jon Farriss Excerpted from the October 1988 issue

Innocently and completely unexpectedly, Jon Farriss poses the question, “Are you really sure that drummers want to read about me?” It was a definite “first” within my realm of experience as a music journalist. Yet, as strange as the question…

Story by Teri Saccone
Jan 10, 2022
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