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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 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
on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2012
As a pro drummer and having played since I was 15 Years old (I am now 56), this book tells it like it is.
What it is really like to be a drummer in ANY band, whether you are starting out or you are lucky enough (or talented enough), to have hit the 'dizzy' heights (very few do).
What comes across is how alike most drummers are, a very tough breed of no nonsense musicians who always give 110% and who are usually the most reliable member of the 'team', but who are usually the last person you would want to cross! As the old saying goes, " You only have to punch the information into a drum machine once" although in my experience, I have NEVER had anyone say this directly to my face!
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in music..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2011
Admittedly, I hardly know a snare drum from a high hat, but I do know that this book is a great read! Compiled by Spike Webb, a drummer himself, it is a collection of stories (some very frank) from many of the world's most revered and respected drummers. But even from a layman's perspective, 'Mad, Bad And Dangerous' is utterly absorbing, insightful and very funny. Indeed, I found myself laughing out loud at times - one hilarious story that springs to mind is Spike's very vivid memory of being trapped in the back of a triumph herald!
On the subject of drummers, I have now been enlightened -- respect!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2011
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2010
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2010
Spike was once my drum teacher and I can say for sure that every 'tale' in this book is directly from the horses mouth.

Not only is Spike a seriously authentic sticks man he is also a seriously good 'journalist' so you will certainly get your monies worth from this lively piece of 'educational material'.

Plenty of anecdotal stuff to please any one interested in the rigours of drumming at the pro level. Enough to keep your granny interested.

Give it a whirl.Spike is a nice bloke and it's true, not just anecdotal,that the drummer is the nicest member of any band.

Now it's official!!
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