Bruford's autobiog is a mixture of recollection and thinking-out-loud, both on the music industry and music/artistic creation in general.
It details his life and career (though mostly the latter, there is not much personal gush) in more or less chronological order, in that he starts off young and ends up retired, but as a narrator flits back and forth in time, so that a section on Yes in 1972 may be followed immediately by a reflection on something similar that happened in the 80s or 90s, before getting back to the original story.
I found it interesting and informative, though it is perhaps less autobiography than semi-scholarly work on the "state of music", with all the references to academic and critical writings.
Nonetheless, it was good to find out in between just how he got that cymbal sound on One More Red Nightmare!
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Bill is a great drummer - I'm not liking this book so much14 septembre 2014
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Bill Bruford - what a fantastic drummer/musician. I've seen him perform with Earthworks and several times with King Crimson. Just fabulous.
I really wanted to read some stories about his times in the band Yes but there is not much in this book about that. He mentions Peter Banks once. I know that Bill and Chris Squire had a difficult relationship and I wanted to read more about that and also how he ended up working on Chris Squire's solo album "Fish Out Of Water," on which Bill performs the entire album (and is absolutely GREAT on it!). No mention of "Fish Out Of Water" in the book and only a few brief mentions of Chris Squire. He talks about the Yes Union tour for about 5 paragraphs, mostly about his electronic drums malfunctioning at Madison Square Gardens. I wanted to read about that tour!
The section about King Crimson was interesting but not very insightful. I had the opportunity to meet Robert Fripp at a show in Boston but I did not want to bother him. To tell you the truth I was afraid of him. I would have liked to know more about Fripp from Brufords' perspective.
You get a lot of stuff like this: "The technology of music refers to the methods by which sounds are produced and then reproduced. Look at it this way, sociologist Simon Firth suggests that "the history of music can be divided into three stages, each organised around a different technology of musical storage and retrieval." Page 74. Blah, blah, blah.
Mr. Bruford has a great command of the English language, is highly intelligent and is a sophisticated English gentleman. That doesn't always make for entertaining reading. For me this book was a chore to read.
I bought the books "Close To The Edge: The Story of Yes" by Chris Welch and "Beyond and Before" by Peter Banks and they all arrived at the same time. I saved Brufords' book for last because I thought that would be the best one. It's not. I liked the other 2 books much more than this one.
2 and a half stars mainly out of respect for Mr. Bruford. I don't really like this book.
BRUFORD: AS ELOQUENT ON THE PAGE AS ON THE DRUMS!19 décembre 2014
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IF YOU LIKE BILL BRUFORD THIS IS A GREAT READ! BILL IS AS ELEGANT A WRITER AS HE IS A MUSICIAN. THIS IS A TRUE AUTOBIOGRAPHY, NOT 'GHOST WRITTEN' BY SOMEONE ELSE. IT IS NOT 'AS TOLD TO' BUT BILL IN HIS OWN WORDS. ALL THE CHARM, WISDOM, HUMOR, INTELLIGENCE, AND HONESTY THAT IS BILL BRUFORD PERMEATES EVERY PARAGRAPH.
THERE ARE OF COURSE, INTERESTING ANECDOTES ABOUT THE VARIOUS GROUPS IN WHICH BILL HAS BEEN A MEMBER, BUT THIS MUCH MUCH MORE. BILL DISCUSSES THE MUSIC BUSINESS WITH THE EYE OF A VIVISECTIONIST. HE RELATES THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF BEING ON THE ROAD, THE FRUSTRATIONS OF 'FRONTING' YOUR OWN BAND, AND THE STRESS PUT UPON RELATIONSHIPS THAT A WORKING MUSICIAN MUST FACE.
THIS IS MORE A TALE OF WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A CREATIVE ARTIST BENT UPON BEING A PROFESSIONAL IN YOUR FIELD WHO WILL MAKE REAL HEADWAY WITHIN YOUR CRAFT. THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW BILL'S WORK ALREADY KNOW THAT HE IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE, CREATIVE, AND INNOVATIVE DRUMMER / PERCUSSIONIST / ELECTRONIC PERCUSSION PLAYER / COMPOSER / PERFORMERS WHO EVER PUT STICKS TO DRUMS.
IN THIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY BILL REALIZES HIS PLACE IN 'DRUM HISTORY' YET IS PAINFULLY REFLECTIVE ABOUT HIS CAREER. THIS BOOK BEST DESCRIBES WHY HE HAS DECIDED TO 'RETIRE' FROM PLAYING. IT IS A BRILLIANT PIECE OF WRITING AND IF BILL WANTED A CAREER AS SUCH I FEEL CERTAIN THAT HE WOULD WAX AS ELOQUENTLY UPON THE PAGE AS HE DID UPON 'THE SKINS'.
is the absolute best I have read11 novembre 2014
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I have read close to 25 rock biographies in the past year and this, by far, is the absolute best I have read. Admittedly, I am a Bill Bruford fan but the writing style and level of attention Bill gives to his life story is purely engaging. Instead of opting for the usual haphazard and often profane meat and potatoes approach other contemporaries opted for in their bios, Bruford takes a strongly analytical, measured and, frankly, completely refreshing approach to his 40+ years as one of rock's premier prog drummers. From Yes's frenetic gig-hopping early years that led to the seminal "Fragile" to the even more painstaking world of Robert Fripp and the 3rd incarnation of King Crimson that built up and then disbanded within 3 short years, Bill lets us look inside the thoughts feelings and rationale of how things worked and exactly what he thought of it all. Unique in humor (it is often humorous and downright hysterical---see his description of the arduous world of the interviewed touring musician and the the ubiquitous Mellotron). Anything you wanted to know and more about the man, his love for jazz and his philopshies and thoughts are here for all to enjoy. A must read!!