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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Adrenalin-fuelled conversation will eventually give way to a lolling silence, while the Volvo howls down the motorway into the black night at around 90 or miles an hour.

It’s got poetic descriptions of drumming and good jazz gigs, a sprinkling of musical disaster stories, wry observations on the music industry, and tons of thought-provoking philosophy about music and its relationship to the rest of culture.

Search Musicians by name. The following is an excerpt from Bill Bruford’s The Autobiographyfirst published in by Jawbone Press, but receiving the deluxe treatment in two very limited edition hardcovers by England’s Foruli Limited Edition Books and Records in the fall of Rethinking Jazz Cultures Francesco Martinelli: Is it different, being in Finally, the phone emitted a Euro buzz from the bedside. In his search for an answer, Bruford muses in engrossing detail on the myriad compromises and pacts that the working musician must make: Same true to radio and phonograph records.

From time to time, at polite dinner parties, someone will ask Bill what he does. Our manager Roy also manages the club, so the steak sandwiches and the scotch and cokes come at a very favourable price.


Rock Goes to College Winterfold Records buy. I talk for my life. Bill can certainly write– he counters heavy material with his signature brand of arrogant, sardonic humor, and often pokes When I bought this book, I was expecting it to be an amusing but forgettable account of Bill’s Bruford’s life.

As I mentioned, there are a couple of extraneous chapters near the end but the final chapter called “Letting Go” is poignant and provides a fitting end to a nice book. His relationship with the eccentric guitarist and bandleader Robert Fripp over several stints in King Crimson was even more bizarre.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is rhythm, too, in the cut-and-paste feel of the book’s meandering and jumping observations. Bruford has written a painfully honest book about his experience as a musician addressing both the exhilarating and terribly difficult and mundane aspects of pursuing his craft with passion.

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

Search Tracks by musician. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Bruford, from his work in the famed progressive rock bands Yes and King Crimson, through electronic jazz, to acoustic jazz drumming.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Can’t recommend this book enough to my musician and non musician friends alike. Dexter Gordon and His Search For That is, each chapter has as its title a typical question of the kind Bruford got asked throughout his career and he always did good interviews: The original publication of The Autobiography came hot on the heels of his announcement that he was hanging his sticks up and retiring see: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.


Bill Bruford: The Autobiography Excerpt: Chapter Is it different, being in jazz?

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Instead, it’s a remarkably honest look inside the world of the professional musician. It took me a while to finish this one.

Bill Bruford: The Autobiography

I have reviewed this in more detail at Music Street Journal, but suffice it to say I found it quite an entertaining and informative read. Featured Musician Synia Carroll vocalist. Review our musician toolkit page. For Pros Sign in or sign up to upload and share your publicity or live event photos.

Song writing was a appreciated more and so was the way we listened. Get better wines for less money at nakedwines. Born in in south-east England and brought up in a stable, well-to-do family, Bruford is the quintessential Englishman – which seems to be part of the problem.