BILL BRUFORD THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY 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 The Autobiography i

  • Author: Bill Bruford
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  • Page: 479
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  • 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 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 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 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 clich s 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.

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    1. This is, quite possibly, the best autobio I have read by a popular musician. The only one that competes with it is the _Real Frank Zappa Book_. Like FZ's book, Bruford's focusses less on the details of his life and recordings and more on the things that interest and occupy him: which are _quite_ different from those that occupied the late Zappa's peculiar mind.Bruford meanders back and forth along a vaguely-chronological path from his first public appearance at 14 to his retirement from public p [...]

    2. Bruford's autobiography is much more than the story of his life, it's a laying bear of his philosophy of music as well as a fascinating account of the changing face of the music business. Well worth a read, especially if you are a musician.

    3. I SO wanted to give this book by drummer Bill Bruford five stars. The main problem is a couple of dead weight chapters at the beginning and a bit of a draggy ending. 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.The book starts off in a scatter-shot manner as Bruford opines on topics near and dear to his heart: being a jazz drummer trapped in a rock drummer's clothes, the superiority of the American work [...]

    4. As close to a "5" as I expect to read in music autobiographies, anyway. Bruford's writing is witty, studious, worldly, and introspective. He has great stories out of school, since he played drums with Yes, King Crimson, UK, Genesis, and others, but his mature career and true love has been jazz, to which he has dedicated most of his energy for the past 20 years. The main subject of this book (maybe more than himself) is the music business and culture, and I haven't read a more comprehensive insid [...]

    5. This book is an autobiography of an interesting man, but he intersperses his own story with comments about musicianship, the definition of success, and balancing your life between your family and a very demanding career. I found the latter to be the best parts (:

    6. If you're expecting the usual rock star "let me tell you how great I am" biography, you'll be happily disappointed. Instead, it's a remarkably honest look inside the world of the professional musician. Very entertaining.

    7. "Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought; it is only a virtue where men have it whether they will or no." (Marquis of Halifax, Moral Thoughts and Reflections (1750), as quoted by Bill Bruford)Bill Bruford: The Autobiography (2012) is an outstanding work by the famous drummer, a legend in the rock and jazz music community, and the "godfather of progressive drumming." The autobiography presents the 40-year career of Mr. Bruford, from his work in the famed progressive rock bands Yes and [...]

    8. 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.

    9. Bill Bruford, I have to admit, has fascinated me ever since I got into progressive rock. This guy played in King Crimson! And Yes! AND Genesis, too! Wow.As it turns out, Bill is an outspoken and well-mannered English gentleman with a lot to say about music, life on the road and the changing seasons of pop, rock and jazz music. Even as someone who fosters no love, just indifference and lack of exposure, to his pet project, the jazz group Earthworks, which takes a very prominent role in the book t [...]

    10. A drummer in a well-known progressive rock band in the early Seventies, following a high profile departure, he found himself unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight. Although he continued to enjoy participating in niche side projects, he adapted quickly to a leading musical role and, although suffering a brief personal setback, embarked on a solo career at the turn of the decade that would bring him to world renown (and no shortage of critical opprobrium) until, finding the world a changed place, [...]

    11. This is a great Autobiography by Bill Bruford. I remember being thrilled hearing "Roundabout" by Yes in the last year or two of high school. We used to sit in my friend's car and crank up the volume as we listened to "Roundabout." I also remember sitting with a group of musicians listening to "Close to the Edge" also by Yes. We sat there in focused attention, and then silently in awe as the music faded away. Bruford has written a painfully honest book about his experience as a musician addressin [...]

    12. Bill Bruford came to fame early as 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. This is a bittersweet autobiography, as it was written at the point at which Bruford had decided, after forty year's active service, to retire from being a professional musician. Bruford is very much a thinking drummer, and this is a thoughtful autobiography. Much of what he says about the p [...]

    13. Acerbic wit jumps out from the page at you. Thrill to stories concerning Chris Squire's tardiness, Be taken aback that Mr. Bruford actually bravely ended his tenure with The Almighty Crim, Savor the knowledge in hushed tones concerning the elusive "He Who Could Give Them Life"(Actually Mr. Bruford does not come across as "acerbic" at all, the word just sounds fitting before "wit")Bill Bruford has written a Fabulously Marvelous Terrific and Thoroughly enjoyable autobiography from his very unique [...]

    14. Lots of Yes fans, King Crimson fans, jazz-rock fans, and jazz fans know that Bill Bruford is an excellent drummer. But who knew that he's intelligent and articulate enough to write an autobiography in brilliant, literate, and witty prose? Read this book and see for yourself. 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 [...]

    15. Well written and honest. Bill is a very cerebral guy, and it shows in the superior language he uses in this book. You can tell he is well educated and willing to tell it all. Not afraid to say what his feelings are on any given subject and even exposes his own insecurities along the way. He is not a typical garage band drummer like so many. He always went multiple steps forward and challenged himself to not be your everyday, run of the mill drummer. He was also wise enough to get out of the way [...]

    16. When I bought this book, I was expecting it to be an amusing but forgettable account of Bill's Bruford's life. What I was not expecting was a brilliantly-written book not only about his life, but about the music industry and the nature of music itself. Whether you're a fan of his or know nothing about his life and work, you can appreciate this book if you truly love music. Bill can certainly write-- he counters heavy material with his signature brand of arrogant, sardonic humor, and often pokes [...]

    17. An enjoyable and fascinating book from Bruford which is as much a display of mental gymnastics as an autobiography.His career is covered in full but in highly thoughful mode, and without overly much analysis of the music made. Nevertheless, there are interesting revelations, not least how detatched Fripp was from what many consider Crimson's masterpiece Red.Much of the book is given over to analysis of the musician and their role in modern culture in all aspects. Some of it is quite dry but it's [...]

    18. This book is excellent, but then, I am a drummer and I like prog-rock. Bill is very erudite, and talks with thinly-veiled incredulity about the ridiculousness of being a musician and the modern music business (this book is prefaced by the fact that he is retiring once he has completed it!). He draws a fascinating distinction between musicians who are either 'Artists' (Singular vision, staunchly un-commercial) and 'Craftsmen' (Journeymen, Keen on earning a living). I suppose I would fall into the [...]

    19. Thoroughly enjoyable, though probably only for music enthusiasts. Bruford tells his story more or less chronologically, in chapters titled as questions he's been asked over the years: "What do you do during the day?", "What do you really do?", and so on. A bit over half the book, perhaps, is Bruford's story. The remainder, interspersed with his recollections, are musings on the nature of music: music history, music philosophy, the difference between the music business and the music industry. Sur [...]

    20. Harvinaisen rehellinen ja raavas näkemys muusikon urasta tämä Bill Brufordin elämänkerta. Erinomaisen virkistävää vaihtelua niiden ainaisten hehkutuskirjojen jälkeen. Bruford avaa verhoa myös rock-muusikoiden tabuista: todellisesta suhteesta rahaan, perheenisän syyllisyydestä, aviomiehenä olemisen vaikeudesta, soittotaitojen riittämättömyydesta. Erittäin virkistävää luettavaa! Jokaisen, joka haluaa rokkistarbaksi tulisi ehdottomasti lukea tämä opus.

    21. Unlike many rock autobiographies, this one appears to have an author who has both some skill at writing and some thoughts about the bigger picture of music. Bruford also has taken the time to examine other sources and uses these as support for his points or as springboards for considering topics he has encountered. It might have been nice to have more discussion of specific music, however, since it is rare to find such an articulate voice with first-hand experience.

    22. Not yer average autobiography - it's not chronological for a start. More like Thoughts of Chairman Bill. But they are good thoughts, considered thoughts, interesting, well written thoughts - if a little pompous at times. And good insights about what it's like touring and living out of nameless hotels in nameless cities. And the often hilarious things that go wrong with your equipment.

    23. I couldn't decide whether to rate this 2 or 3 stars. Ultimately, I guess I enjoyed it, but I was hoping for more nitty gritty chatter about drums and rhythm and such. The book reads more like a late-night conversation with a friend where you meander from topic to topic. Probably only for super fans.

    24. As a huge King Crimson fan, specially regarding the rhythmic section, Bruford became one of my personal idols.This book, so well written, is a masterpiece for drummers and non-drummers. It shows what music is really about and, in case you are a musician, it leaves a legacy of unprecedented knowledge for a future musical development.

    25. Enjoyed it but struggled at times with BB's slightly preachy style and found that he came across as rather smug at times. This is just my view and I was clearly interested enough to finish the book so that says something, I suppose.

    26. Interesting look into Bruford's life as a drummer. Very well written. If you expect to learn about drumming you'll be disappointed, but it gives you an behind the scenes look at the music industry from his perspective.

    27. As a drummer, I was excited to read this but I think Mr. Bruford gives a much larger perspective into what it is to be a musician, and deeper still, the very nature of music & it's relationship to the listener. Can't recommend this book enough to my musician and non musician friends alike.

    28. A great read for any music fan, but particularly if you're into prog rock (Yes and the like). A bit snobbish in parts but gives an interesting insight into the musician's life and one that is not cliched.

    29. As a King Crimson and Yes fan I was obviously going to like this. The views of the inner workings of these bands are fascinating. However I'll remember the book more for the insights into the life of a professional musician. It is an honest account that isn't trying too hard to please anyone.

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