Bill Bruford: The Autobiography: Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks, and More (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/3
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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 more. This 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 cliches 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.
Bill Bruford's professional musical career began in 1968. He was a guiding light in the British Art Rock movement, recording and touring internationally with Yes and King Crimson from 1968-74. Since then he has worked with many other artists, including Gong, National Health, Genesis and U.K., as well as leading his own bands Bruford and Earthworks.
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The book's chapters are set-up as answers to "frequently asked questions" he has been dealing with his entire career. Throughout, there is a personal, measured, fair-minded humanity that interjects all subjects be it his ambivalent relationship with Robert Fripp, his restained loathing of Chris Squire or the trials and tribulations on the road and in the recording studio. This book is a must read for all prog rockers. Finally, the quality of the book in terms of paper choice and binding reflect the sincerity and humility of one of this era's greatest musical artists.
There are plenty of anecdotes about his early bands to satisfy the hardcore fans. Some of them are hilarious. Yet he throws in enough philosophizing to appease the hardcore musicians.
This is a rare tale of a man obsessed with his art who neither lost his moral bearings nor the reason for his pursuit of excellence. While entertaining to fans, this book will be an inspiration to all those who pursue a creative life.
Perhaps it could have been a bit shorter, some ideas were expounded on at lengths not in proportion to their importance, and there is a reasonable amount of repetition.
That said, there are many fun anecdotes, many careful descriptions of the life of a (mostly) travelling musician and some very cogent observations on the business side of music then and now. Anyone actually considering the possibility of making a living with their music really should read this, I don't think you will be disappointed.