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The Drum Book: A History of the Rock Drum Kit Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat (Hal Leonard); Updated edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309404
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Geoff Nichols is a writer and a musician. He has written for BBC radio and co-presented the BBC television series 'Rock School'. His books include the Drum Handbook, and the acclaimed Rock Drum Method.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Seville on 10 Nov. 2011
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Maestro drummer and historian, Geoff Nicholls, has done it again with this superbly up-dated and enhanced Second Edition of what is already the undisputed champion of all Drum Books. The well-written, easy-to-read story of how the drum set was created and how it evolved over the decades gives all the information any enthusiast for drums could want to know. The text is supported by lots and lots of beautiful full-colour photographs showing how the drum set changed over the years. There are many references to the top drummers in rock, pop and jazz with details of what kits they used and how their style and talent moved the music forwards.

Ajax, Premier, Ludwig, Slingerland, Gretsch, Trixon, Carlton, Rogers - these are the names which conjure up a Golden Age of drum-design and production. They are all here in what is surely the masterwork on the subject. This lavishly produced book represents tremendous value for money and the writer's wealth of knowledge and love for his subject are evident on every page. Don't miss this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frenchred Carole on 27 Jan. 2012
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My husband wanted this book as a Christmas present for one of his drum pupils, as he has the original edition and always treasured it. He was absolutely delighted to find this updated edition and his pupil loves it. It contains everything the drum enthusiast needs to know about different makes of drum and drummers. It arrived beautifully packaged on the day it was scheduled to arrive. Excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cleversonic on 2 April 2014
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This is an absolutely essential book for drummers and those interested in drum kits generally. Geoff Nicholls is well know and respected authority on everything drum wise. Very interesting and well written with excellent photographs. I bought the first version then second (selling the first edition) Just hoping he updates it again soon! Cleversonic
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Drummers, like drum kits, come in all shapes, sizes and finishes. From the earliest 'big band' kits, through the evolution of music to today's rock drummers, the drum kit has grown and morphed into the instrument we know and love today. This book covers a century of percussion, going into detail about the manufacturers, the artists, the kits and the changes that fashion and techniques drove, in the US, UK, and around the world. The photographs are wonderful and the easy-to-read text is clear and informative. It's a must for all true drumming fans.
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