Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

The Autobiography : Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks, and More

Book - 2009
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Perseus Publishing
Once called the ?godfather of progressive drumming,” Bill Bruford has been at the top of his profession for four decades, playing with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks, and many other bands. Bill Bruford is a first-person account of his life in progressive rock, art rock, and modern jazz. Honest, entertaining, and eloquent, it recounts his life on the road and in the studio, rubbing shoulders and creating music with the famous, the less famous, and the infamous. A rocker with the temperament of a classical musician, who became a jazz musician, he defies all the clichés and bad jokes about drummers. At polite dinner parties, Bruford is occasionally asked what he does. After replying that he’s a musician, the inevitable retort is ?Yes, but what do you really do?” This funny, unusual, and unusually thoughtful memoir answers the question.


Hal Leonard
(Book). Bill Bruford once called "the godfather of progressive-rock drumming" has been at the top of his profession for four decades, playing with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks, and many more. The Autobiography is his memoir of life at the heart of prog rock, art rock, and modern jazz. 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. A rock musician with the temperament of a classical musician who became a jazz musician, Bruford defies all the cliches about drummers. He says: "You write what you have to write, you play what you have to play, because you can't sleep at night. If you can sleep at night, you shouldn't be doing this anyway." From time to time, at polite dinner parties, someone will ask Bill what he does. He replies that he is a musician. "Yes, but what do you really do?" retorts the enquirer. This unusual, funny, and insightful music memoir answers the question.

Blackwell North Amer
Bill Bruford - once known as the godfather of progressive-rock drumming - has been at the top of his profession for four decades, playing with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks, and many more.
This is his autobiography, a memoir of life at the heart of progressive rock and electronic and acoustic jazz. It's an account of Bill's 40 years on the road and in the studio, rubbing shoulders with everyone from Phil Collins to Allan Holdsworth and creating an impressive tally of great music.

Publisher: London : Jawbone Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781906002237
1906002231
Characteristics: 352 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm

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May 15, 2011

In 2009 drummer Bill Bruford created a stir in the music community by announcing the unthinkable: that he was retiring from public performance even though his health was excellent and he was very much in-demand worldwide as a premier player still at the top of his game. Truth was, Bruford was simply tired of all the traveling and wanted to persue other private interests closer to home.

This memoir is Bruford's farewell to being a public musician, and a look back at his unique 40-year career. Bruford attempts to answer many of the typical questions he has been asked by his fans over the years, and the result is a highly entertaining and interesting read for musicians and music fans alike.

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