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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Search Reviews by musician. Is it different, being in That he is retiring makes me feel old and is a sad day for prog indeed. Then, every note was perfect, polished, wreathed, garlanded and bedecked with self-confidence; now every note is riddled with the maggots of self-doubt Learn more autobuography read our FAQ. Some of it is auotbiography dry but it’s An enjoyable and fascinating book from Bruford which is as much a display of mental gymnastics as an autobiography.

Bill Bruford: The Autobiography

He also likens giving up the drums to a boxer hanging up his gloves. As is proper brugord a jazz player, there is not so much a premeditated structure but a series of juxtaposed themes that run auotbiography the whole book, waxing and waning, foregrounded and backgrounded, in their turn. An example Bruford sets forth, is indeed technological advances. I prefer to title the instrumental music I produce in an oblique, rather coded kind of language, as if to say: Does this edition contain any extra material compared to the edition?

If you’re familiar with All About Jazzyou know that we’ve dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Bruford has written a painfully honest autobiigraphy about his experience as a musician addressin This is a great Autobiography by Bill Bruford. Much of what he says about the p Bill Bruford came to fame early burford the drummer for progressive rock band Yes before leaving to strike out into more challenging musical territory with King Crimson and then various jazz and jazz-rock groups.


As close to a “5” as I expect to read in music autobiographies, anyway. Part humorous, part melancholy, the darker side of the bruforc is exposed, rhythmically, to the sunlight.

That all the seemingly insurmountable obstacles and the musical climate is not destined to improve and playing music is a losing game if you wish to do it honestly. As the book nears its end, Bruford meditates on his forty-year career, the weight of growing old and dissatisfied with his limitations, and his desire to leave the stage to make room for younger players. This is autobiograph memoir of life at the heart of prog rock, art rock, and modern jazz.

Aug 07, Kurt rated it liked it. Bill Bruford – The Autobiography: We should all be grateful that we are able to share in this.

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Bill Bruford: The Autobiography Excerpt: Chapter 10: Is it different, being in jazz?

Bruford meanders back and forth along a vaguely-chronological path from his first public appearance at 14 to his retirement from public performance at 59, with stops at Yes and King Crimson, Genesis and Earthworks, a path that led from solo practice to rock to progressive rock to electric rock to jazz – with, again, meanders back and forth between them as when the not-quite-newly-minted jazz drummer returned to play with the “double-trio” version of King Crimson in the mid-’90s.

Rather than follow the standard linear chronology of most biographies, he takes as his starting point those interview questions that have cropped up time and again, and from each one spins an entertaining and insightful chapter on the vagaries of pursuing sometimes wilfully uncommercial music over several decades in an industry that relentlessly pursues the bottom line and the next big thing.


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