September 1983 – Volume 7 • Number 9


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Articles in September 1983

Dottie Dodgion

Don't make the mistake of asking Dottie Dodgion what it's like being a female drummer. "I'm so tired of that," she's likely to answer. "I've been asked that a million times, and being a woman really has nothing to do…

By Katherine Alleyne
Jan 10, 2018

September 1983 - Volume 7 • Number 9

Eric Carr, Fred Below, Denny Carmassi, Roy Brooks, Joe Chambers, Omar Clay, Fred King, Ray Mantilla, Max Roach, Warren Smith, Freddie Waits, Peter Erskine, Jerry Marotta, Ron Tutt

Modern Drummer
Sep 1, 1983

Steve Mitchell

Steve Mitchell is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's busiest studio drummers. He can be heard on, among others, the last 12 Charlie Brown TV specials, the theme for John Chancellor's news program, Garfield the Cat and many commercials.…

By Charles M. Bernstein
Jan 10, 2018

Eric Carr — The Kiss Of Success

  In the summer of 1980, with the departure of original drummer Peter Criss, Kiss began a talent hunt that ended with the installation of Eric Carr in the drum chair. Unknown but far from inexperienced, he had served his…

By Michael Epstein
Jan 10, 2018

Trying Easy

Some years ago in New York, during my studies with RUDI (Swami Rudrananda), one of the students made the following comment: "I am really trying hard, but I am not improving." RUDI replied, "You must learn to try easy." We…

by Roy Burns
Jan 10, 2018

Dr. Ralph LaFemina Exploring New Directions

The fact that Dr. Ralph LaFemina was never a performer in the big leagues of music, or that he's a practicing psychologist rather than a full-time musician, does not detract from his contribution to drumming. In all fields, a new…

by Charlie Perry
Jan 10, 2018


When two or more drummers get together, traditionally, it's a battle. Or is it? What about in Africa, where a great deal of the music is performed by large drum ensembles, in which each member has a specific part to…

by Scott K. Fish & Rick Mattingly
Jan 10, 2018

Bob Gullotti

The relationship between a city and its music is very personal, and can get as close as two friends can possibly be. Bob Gullotti and Boston, Massachusetts have been good friends for over 20 years, and a partnership such as…

by Tim Smith
Jan 10, 2018

Fred Below — Magic Maker

Sometimes it seems as if people have more regard for classic "things" than they do for classic people. An antique Radio King snare drum, an antique K. Zildjian cymbal and a Billy Glad stone drumset would illicit floods of adulation…

Story by Scott K. Fish | Photos by D. Shigley
Jan 10, 2018

Denny Carmassi

It was a move that surprised some observers. Native San Franciscan Denny Carmassi was selected in May of 1982 to replace seven-year veteran Michael Derosier as drummer for the Seattle-based rock group, Heart. But Carmassi's swarthy, creative style of drumming…

by Elizabeth Shaw Green
Jan 10, 2018