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A Drummer's Perspective

Review by Rich "Doc Spoons" Spooner // February 02 2011
A Drummer's Perspective

There are a couple of large format, coffee-table-style photographic books celebrating the role of the drummer on the market right now. I was lucky enough to be able to sample both of them over the Christmas period. Both books are around the same price and packed with interesting pictures of drummers, but it’s the one I have chosen to write about here which really stood head and shoulders above its rival.  

A Drummer’s Perspective is an original and unrivalled collection of over 200 photographs celebrating the world of drumming. This book brings together some of the finest unseen photographs of legendary drummers. It is a unique collection of pictures taken by the author David Phillips, who has been given rare access onstage and behind the scenes to many of the biggest bands in the world. Dave also supplied us with pictures for my feature interview with Carlos Hercules (January 2011) who also features in the book.

David has been involved in the drumming world for a number of years, first working as head of European A&R for Pearl and now currently working as European Artist Relations for Drum Workshop, as well as running his own marketing company. David has always been a keen photographer and has had his pictures published globally. But this is the first time his pictures have been brought together in one collection.

The photographs themselves really are superb and the cover shot in particular gives you a real hint of what it’s like to take the hot seat in one of the world’s greatest bands. The images inside capture the raw emotion and sheer excitement of playing live, and you’ll be able to see the view from behind the kit, onstage in front of tens of thousands of people and also get up close to the action at sound checks.

A Drummer’s Perspective features over a hundred drumming legends from every music style and includes new photos of Dave Grohl, Joey Jordison, Zak Starkey, Ginger Baker, Dominic Howard, Neil Peart, Nicko McBrain, Mitch Mitchell, Roger Taylor, Dennis Chambers, Mike Portnoy, Nick Mason, Alex Acuña, Dave Weckl, Josh Freese, Chad Smith, Joey Castillo, Thomas Lang and the list goes on and on. Each picture is accompanied with details of where and when it was taken, recollections and anecdotes from the author, together with tour memorabilia such as backstage and photo passes. And if that wasn’t enough, renowned drummer Terry Bozzio has written the foreword.

I left both books on the table in the reception area of my drum school, and, without exception, every single student and parent picked up this book first, flicked through it, and were impressed by the pictures of artists, kits and venues. The photos are a long way from the sometimes blurry side of the stage, cymbal in head or zooming in from the mosh pit style pictures we are used to seeing. It’s a terrific book, interesting, beautifully presented and well worth a look for £29.99 (UK STERLING) plus post and packaging and available to ship world wide.

Order your copy of A Drummers Perspective exclusively at www.music-images.co.uk


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About the Author
Rich "Doc Spoons" Spooner

Richard “Doc Spoons” Spooner is a British professional drummer and educator, based out of Switzerland. Doc is touring & recording with multi-platinum selling artist Philipp Fankhauser. Doc proudly endorses C&C drums, Paiste cymbals, Agner drumsticks, Baskey Drumruggs & Luggs, Hardcase Cases,Protection Racket Bags & Tour Luggage,Porter & Davies Monitoring, Big Fat Snare Drum, Kelly SHU, Tuner-Fish. Visit Doc online at www.docspoons.com  or follow him on Twitter@DocSpoons

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