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Mad, Bad and Dangerous - The Book of Drummers' Tales

Mad, Bad and Dangerous - The Book of Drummers' Tales [Kindle Edition]

Spike Webb
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Never have so many famous drummers been gathered together in one place! Drummer and writer Spike Webb has spent more than three years meeting fellow drummers in bars, clubs and cafes, shooting the breeze for a couple of hours and extracting anecdote after anecdote for posterity. This is truly a labour of love - and somebody had to do it. In this book you'll meet drummers like Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Don Powell (Slade), Adam Facek (Babyshambles), Steve White (Paul Weller), Topper Headon (The Clash), Woody (Madness) and world-class session players like Toto's drummer Simon Phillips. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant but always entertaining, it's the ultimate insight into what it really means to be a drummer and an explanation, at last, for what really makes someone do a 20-minute solo. You'll be asking for an encore!

About the Author

Spike Webb has been a drummer for more than four decades, most notably with Sid Sideboard and the Chairs in the late 1970s. He was also a copywriter in advertising for 25 years, working for top agencies such as J Walter Thompson, Proximity London, and Saatchi & Saatchi.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1393 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (26 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BGUBZ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all musicians 25 Sep 2010
As a guitarist I used to take drummers for granted and not really understand what it takes to do what they do. They're at the back, and the audience generally don't pay much attention to what they are doing and believe the reasion they can't stop dancing is the singer or guitarist. If they are playing well you can easily believe it's you that is making everything rock or swing and not them. But they are usually the first at the gig to set up and the last to leave. They have the most gear, need the biggest car and in many cases the price of just one of their cymbals would buy a decent guitar. So what makes them pursue what on paper(or screen)seems such an unattractive occupation?

Spike Webb brings together a fabulous collection of anecdotes that are humorous, personal accounts of the lives and experiences of the drummer and reveals the some of the characteristics that make up this unique breed. A cracking book and essential reading for all musicians ( and drummers ;-) ).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book, highly recommended 5 Sep 2010
I'm a keen fan of autobiography's from famous lead singers of bands but the drummer is all too often left out or treated as though he/she has nothing good to say. Finally, this book dealves into the mad world of drummers and gives you an insight into what it means to be a drummer in a band, be it small or world known. The stories included in this book range from searching round a university dorm begging to borrow a drum kit (and of course getting high in the process) to the drummers stool catching fire whilst playing.

Written from the point of view of the drummers themselves with comments and personal stories from the writer I found this book to be easy to read, extremely funny and at some points moving.

One thing that became apparent in this book is that all drummers have faced some sort of trouble and after reading it you get a sence of community between them, in experiencing those problems they become apart of a very welcoming and proud group of musicians.

So next time you see a drummer either down the local pub or in a 80,000 seat arena, spare a little thought for them and troubles they have gone through to get to that point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Percussion Tales 27 Oct 2010
By Cove
Books about singers and guitarists abound - svelte, snake-hipped and libidinous. Authors queue up to pay homage to rock's attention seekers.

Rarer to focus the spotlight centre stage behind the strutting peacocks.

The drummer's POV gives unique insights.

They sit on their thrones - paradiddling, riding, crashing, four to the flooring - a little too loud?

Spike Webb knows that the best drummers are the ones who can play ever so quietly too; when the music needs it.

In this collection he lets them tell their stories. Truthfully and unembroidered. All the more haunting for that.

Mad? Maybe.

Bad? By whose standards?

Dangerous? You decide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! 5 April 2011
By Kath
I bought this book as a present for my uncle and he loves it, he even quotes from it :)
Awesome book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wide Wide World of Drums! 20 April 2012
I'm a drummer. At least, I try to be when things go to plan. I can assure you, when something goes wrong with a drummer, or their chosen piece of equipment, it tends to lean towards the spectacular! Not surprisingly, there are no shortage of anecdotes out there in the world of drummers to cram into a book such as this. Ranging from drummers setting their kits on fire, to drummers throwing their sticks at big, burley security guards, not forgetting drummers who are at the mercy of their bowels, this book has more than enough tales and stories from some big names in the drumming world to keep you entertained for a while!

In the very least, I would hope this book is something that the drummers out there can read, and more than likely relate to. Quite possibly, it's something for non-drummers to read, and maybe develop a bit of sympathy for your tub-thumping friends in times of dire need!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The quiet ones are the worse 6 April 2011
By Mal
You think drummers are the mummy's boys of bands as they sit at the back playing the drums,
but this book tells you otherwise.
A great read and very entertaining for the young and the old.
Lots of short tales of some very famous drummers in all sorts of situations!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy! 31 Mar 2011
By Sam
I loved this book. You don't have to be a drummer to find these musician stories funny and ringing true. Witty, quirky and nostalgic what's not to love? Buy it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Gabes
Having known Spike since we were both knee high to a home-made drum kit (washing up bowls and cardboard boxes, since you ask) I have always been aware that he is a most fabulous wordsmith and raconteur.

In this book, Spike uses both of those skills to great effect - not only by recounting his own hilarious stories about life as a drummer - but by giving a voice to the 'boys at the back'....the drummers who are, by and large, the 'powers behind the throne' for the strutting and pouting lead singers, the posturing and posing guitarists.

Spike brings it all to vibrant life - from the yoga-like contortions necessary to travel with one's kit in the back of someone's crummy, smelly car - to the free-flowing, drink-fuelled excesses of a life on the road that the professionals enjoyed.

If you've ever been 'in a band' yourself - or even, like me, just hung around the fringes ever so slightly pathetically - then you will love this may even recognise yourself in there, somewhere!

Terrific book, by a terrific guy.....and he really is a brilliant drummer, too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend!
What a laugh - loved the one about The Damned and the pig’s dung. Pleasantly surprised to discover not just mad stuff but some actual interesting anecdotes about what life is like... Read more
Published 2 months ago by George Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Drummers book.
Purchased for my brother so do not know whether he enjoyed it - I would suspect he did as he would not have asked me to order it. Excellent delivery once again.
Published 5 months ago by JULIA BLACKMORE
5.0 out of 5 stars Intersteing
Bought this for a gift and they really enjoyed the read. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys drumming and rock and roll
Published 6 months ago by Nomessing
5.0 out of 5 stars Drum tales... must read
Great book. Every drummer should read it.
And every other band member too.
A Great read while I was on holiday.
Published 8 months ago by L. Mcfarlane
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, sort of ....
Strange book! It reminded me of Dave Lee Travis looking to camera and saying "I'm mad I am." Who was he trying to convince? I found this book a bit like that. Read more
Published 11 months ago by PG Stirling
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really mad or bad or dangerous
Not very humorous, wasn't worth the purchase price. I was hoping to read stories that made me laugh out loud, but they were unfortunately absent from this book.
Published 12 months ago by guy frazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anecdotes
This book is a blast, with some fantastic drummer stories, some very well known, other less so. Definitely recommended to all drummers and anyone else who has to deal with them in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Groove Merchant
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with the drummer!
As a pro drummer and having played since I was 15 Years old (I am now 56), this book tells it like it is. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
Awesome book. Got it for my drummer brother for Christmas but read it myself. Love the story about the Damned and the pig's dung.
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by MrLovebooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday read....
Read this book whilst relaxing on holiday. Great fun, easy to pick up and put down between drinks. It sure gave me plenty of smiles while my son was knocking out some rhythms with... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by DrummersDad
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