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

Is it different, being in jazz? Email address It will remain private. The book performs a somewhat meandering but masterful exercise in textual jazzing – a study of the rhythms of one’s life story – that only a dedicated musician could give.

He also likens giving up the drums to a boxer hanging up his gloves.

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

Thanks for joining the All About Jazz community! As well as allowing him to tell his side of the story, his book serves as an extended resignation letter to the industry that has fed, fascinated and frustrated him for more than 40 years.

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.

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These chapters work well and Bruford’s insights about deliberately choosing to play a “less popular” style of music are fascinating. Bruford nicely says that artists create music “to soothe their soul,” and he chides the alternative – the focus-group-based, business view of music whose goal is to study “what the market wants and provide it.


Rethinking Jazz Cultures Francesco Martinelli: As a huge King Crimson fan, specially regarding the rhythmic section, Bruford became one of my personal idols. Sign in or sign up to upload your press release. Film Reviews Green Book: We sent a confirmation message to. Jazz Poll Help us identify the world’s top jazz venues. Password Reset your password. Outside, parallel Morse-code streams under Cinturato tyres; inside, autobuography humanity nods, burps, snores.

While I rarely revisit books of this sort, I have often found myself going back and hunting for the plentiful nuggets sutobiography humor and wisdom within. But the perennial question that irks him most is: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe. Membership has its privileges.

Bruford is very much a thinking drummer, and this is a thoughtful autobiography.

The jazz-like nature of the book’s outline betrays a complexity of composition. Return to Book Page. Something people left to musicians who did it well and thoroughly enjoyed, something that enriched their lives.

As far as I can ascertain this is not a ghost-written work: It is clear that there is absolutely autobiograpy love lost between King Crimson’s spiritual leader and Bruford.

A hearty “Thank You” to Bill Bruford for all the music, and for this very honest book 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 towards the end, the book never becomes boring.

Sep 17, David Hill rated it really liked it Shelves: Instead, it’s a remarkably honest look inside the world of the professional musician.

Click any of the store links below and you’ll support All About Jazz in the process. Bruford, from his work in the famed progressive rock bands Yes and King Crimson, through electronic jazz, to acoustic jazz drumming. Dec 05, Michael Fitzgerald rated it really liked it. Without giving it all away, Bruford has reached a point where the pluses of pursuing performance are far outweighed by a combination of matters practical and existential.


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

I actually put it down for a while, because I felt it started to get repetitive with his bleakness of his view of the music industry and the reflections of his career, so I moved onto something else at the time.

The most surprising feature of auutobiography memoirs is the lack of self-belief to which Bruford candidly admits. Goodreads is auotbiography world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Enjoyed it but struggled at times with BB’s slightly preachy style and found that he came across as rather smug at times.

Trivia About Bill Bruford – Th Of course, music remains close at hand; Bruford may not be performing any longer, but he continues to manage his own significant discography via his Winterfold and Summerfold labels, in addition to speaking engagements and other music-related activities that have ramped up significantly and, perhaps, not surprisinglyin the two years since The Autobiography ‘s initial publication.

Alas I picked it up again months later and it was more of the same. I couldn’t decide whether to rate this 2 or 3 stars.

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