Bill Bruford, once known as the godfather of progressive-rock drumming, has been at the top of his profession for four decades. This is his memoir of life at the heart of prog rock, art rock, and modern jazz, playing with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks and plenty of more. It is an honest and entertaining 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 of the clichés about drummers. He says: “You write what you need to write, you play what you need to play, because you can not sleep at night. If you’ll be able to sleep at night, you should not be doing this anyway.”
From time to time, at polite dinner parties, someone will ask Bill what he does. He replies that he’s a musician. “Yes, but what do you in reality do?” retorts the enquirer. This strange, funny and insightful music memoir answers that question.