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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This is, quite possibly, the best autobio I have read by a popular musician. If you can sleep at night, you shouldn’t be doing this anyway’. Autobiorgaphy 07, Gary Hill rated it really liked it.

We sat there in focused attention, and then silently in brufodr as the music faded away. This is just my view and I was clearly interested enough to finish the book so that says something, I suppose.

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

Let’s hope he doesn’t retire from writing just yet. Rock Goes to College Winterfold Records buy. Autobiographhy they are good thoughts, considered thoughts, interesting, well written thoughts – if a little pompous at times. These chapters work well and Bruford’s insights about deliberately choosing to play a “less popular” style of music are fascinating. He writes with well-deserved conf As has been well documented, this is less an autobiography than a study of what it takes and means to be a professional musician.

His account of life on the road and in the studio as part of the chaotic, malfunctioning organisation of Yes leaves you wondering autobiogralhy why he left them at the height of their success, but how he managed to stay in the group for as long as he did. Radio Best of It’s those that you should watch, not me.


The Autobiography is an outstanding work by the famous drummer, a legend in the rock and jazz music community, and the “godfather of progressive drumming. Featured Musician Synia Carroll vocalist. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. The main problem is a brufird of dead weight chapters at the beginning brufofd a bit of a draggy ending. Thanks for joining the All About Jazz community!

Bruford speaks candidly about these relationships, and his clinical honesty reflects the scientific nature of his mind. See 1 question about Bill Bruford – The Autobiography….

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

View as a separate page. Can’t recommend this book enough to my musician and non musician friends alike.

This kind of excessive baggage should have been cut and the book would have been a perfect page package. Kind of like Bruford’s music and his philosophy about it: Some of the topics studied by the author are: Occasionally a sense of bitterness cuts through, whether in relation to a particular ill-fated tour or performance, or the conduct of another musician, but the reaction belies the seriousness with which he approaches his profession. They should brfuord been here hours ago.

For a fan of “the Might Crim” – or of the early history of “Yes” – this book is a goldmine.

Much of what he says about the p 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.

All-instrumental, it possessed the kind of focused vision that allowed for no ifs or buts. Click any bruforr the store links below and you’ll support All About Jazz in the process.

Sign in Sign up Email address. The bulk of the book defends art over commerce “this pop entertainment lark is all very well, but we musicians, we muddy foot soldiers — and there are plenty like me — thirst to generate a music worthy of serious consideration” and the final chapters defend his decision to retire from live performance, which he did last year.


Still, luckily we have no sensationalism here. Bruford has a beautifully dry wit, occasionally a prickly one, and is old and wise enough to be able to reflect with acute perception on his own storied csreer, the music business, the worlds of big time rock and small time jazz and the gulf that separates them, and on his many acquaintances with well-known musicians.

Seems Like a Lifetime Jan 12, Michael rated it it was amazing. 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: Password Reset your password.

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European Jazz – Tales of Etruscan Read on to view our project ideas May 13, Brendan Ashbrook rated it liked it. Book Excerpts Go Slow: Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x I found the latter to be the best parts: Autohiography see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A bit snobbish autobiorgaphy parts but gives an interesting insight into the musician’s life and one that is not cliched. He was also wise enough to get out of the way when it was time and let the younger guys have the stage.

But his tale is a welcome corrective to the much-bandied myth of fame and fortune.