Bill Bruford: The Autobiography jazz article by John Kelman, published on March 2, at All About Jazz. Find more Book Reviews articles. [Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Bill Bruford’s The Autobiography, first published in by Jawbone Press, but receiving the. It draws on interviews with nine top drummers and Bruford’s own “Bill Bruford – The Autobiography” continues to go from strength to strength.

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That said, this is probably the best rock musician autobiography I have read and sets a sort of gold-standard for that sub- sub- sub-genre. Bill is a very cerebral guy, and it shows in the superior language he uses in this book. It was autobiograohy to hear some of his more reflective views on culture and retirement, along with a discussion of what it all means as the individual and the music changes and grows and matures and then inevitably fades into memory as it must for everyone sooner or later.

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Return to Book Page. My Content Membership has its privileges! He was also wise enough to get out of the way Well written and honest. I’ve loved his drumming and his approach to the instrument since I first heard him play with Yes over 40 some odd years ago. The Music, Musicians And Another good feature of the autobiography is that it is not chronological but instead arranged around selected topics from theory, business, and sociology of music, which of course helps the author focus on the serious aspects of his career.


Search Tracks by musician. As a huge King Crimson fan, specially regarding the rhythmic section, Bruford became one of my personal idols. Nov 17, Allan Heron rated it really liked it. The insider’s view into the “business” and profit-making of jazz music provides ample food for though to the initiated and uninitiated alike, although some passion – in the hidden depths of the sacred art of music – is required to sympathize with the tortuous path of the jazz warrior.

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This is a really serious book, one that deals with serious issues in a mature way. Jun 07, Gary Hill rated it really liked it. Jan 05, James rated it it was amazing. Skin and Wire Summerfold Records buy. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of By Marek Szerszenowicz Member since: At progressive rock boards like Progressive Ears it was enough to cause considerable consternation amongst fans who date back to Bruford’s early days with Yes and King Crimson, and who have stuck with him ahtobiography many subsequent Crimson incarnations, two versions of his flagship Earthworks group beuford his all-improv duet with Dutch pianist Michiel Borstlap.

My advice to new listeners: Well written and honest.

I cursed to myself and felt my stomach turn over. For Pros Sign in or sign up to upload your events. This book is excellent, but then, I am a drummer and I like prog-rock.

When correctly named, we begin to acquire personality and a future. Bruford has written a painfully honest book about his experience as a musician addressin This is a great Autobiography by Bill Bruford.


Incredibly, we usually do get to the Speakeasy for last orders. There is at times a slight whiff of “you young people today don’t know how lucky you are” at which I suspect the younger Bruford would have taken umbrage – but this is still well worth reading for those interested in Bruford’s musical career or in what it’s like to try to maintain a meaningful career in the creative arts.

Then, every note was perfect, polished, wreathed, garlanded and bedecked with self-confidence; now every note is riddled with the maggots of self-doubt It is an honest, entertaining, well-written account of life on the road and in the studio – rubbing shoulders with the famous, the less famous, and the infamous, and creating an impressive tally of great music.

Bill Bruford – The Autobiography: Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks and More

And good insights about what it’s like touring and living out of nameless hotels in nameless cities. But the perennial question that irks him most is: They pull over and park on the slow carriageway.

Perhaps the closest thing to a snark in the book is this comment on guitarist Robert Fripp: See 1 question about Bill Bruford – The Autobiography…. I am delighted to hear he still finds great joy in his recorded body of work. Get Jazz Near You A weekly events guide. Dexter Gordon and His Search For My Content Membership has its privileges!