- 112 Pages
- Large Format
- Audio CD
- Released: August 20, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Publisher: Backbeat Books
Description by OLDIES.com:
Behind Every Great Band Is A Great Drummer
What would Led Zeppelin have been without the thunder of John Bonham, or The Who without the tornado blitz of Keith Moon? Jimi Hendrix's guitar took off beyond the solar system, but without the top-fuel jazz chops and slamming beat of Mitch Mitchell, he never would have escaped Earth's orbit.
They are all here, the greatest Classic Rock drummers, the men who, as much as any guitar player or singer, defined the sounds of their bands. With an eye to style as much as technique, Ken Micallef has created profiles and portraits of the most significant artists of the genre, from the down-home funk of The Band's Levon Helm and the deceptively simple styles of Charlie Watts and Ringo Starr to the hard-rock assault of Deep Purple's Ian Paice and the polyrhythmic odysseys of The Police's Stewart Copeland.
Classic Rock Drummers includes a brief biography, accurate setup information, style and technical analysis, and a selected listening discography of each drummer, as well as an audio CD with accompanying music notation. Playing along with audio examples will help you match the feel of the grooves and inspire you to new levels of self-expression. Classic Rock Drummers is and indispensable tool for any drummer or anyone interested in the great stylists of rock'n'roll.
Exploring technique, history, musicality and instrumental details, this book covers every aspect of the major drummers of the classic rock era: Keith Moon (The Who), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), among others. Each drummer's standout tracks are here in detail: choice of notes, how the parts strengthened and supported the music, and lasting influences on the drummers of today and music at large. The accompanying CD features sound samples of the styles of the profiled drummers. Includes historically accurate drum equipment setups.