This project's funding goal was not reached on March 8, 2014.
About this project
About the book:
‘From the Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II’ is a stunning collection of over two hundred live action drumming photos brought together in a large format coffee table book. Plus the foreword is written by the drumming legend Neil Peart of Rush.
This project has been three years in the making and features more than a hundred drumming legends. The book aims to celebrate the world of drumming by taking you behind the scenes and showing you drummers doing what they do best. These images capture the raw emotion and sheer excitement of playing live: you’ll be able to see the view from behind the kit on stage in front of tens of thousands of people, get up close to the action at sound checks and see exceptional shots of some of the most amazing rock concerts and festivals.
‘From the Riser’ follows on from ‘A Drummer’s Perspective’, David Phillips’ first book, which was published in 2010 to wide critical acclaim and is regarded as one of the definitive photographic books on drummers. Modern Drummer magazine when reviewing ‘A Drummer’s Perspective’ said “…it’s a treat to pore over his high quality portraits” and Rhythm Magazine said “… the images are top notch and give the kind of close insight into some of the world’s finest drummers and their set-ups that many people can only dream of.”
The new book features more drummers, more pages and even better pictures. The powerful images and text aims to give a fascinating insight to the drummers, their playing and their world. By publishing this book I hope to share a little of their unique life with you and show the world what they do.
Full list of Drummers confirmed in the book:
The one hundred and seven drummers included in this book span a range of genres, styles and history. There are famous band drummers, world-class session players, respected technicians, drumming icons, percussionists, new up and coming artists and drummers who just look great playing live! Whether it’s metal, rock, jazz or pop these drummers represent many of the greatest players in the history of 20th and 21st century music.
Each Drummer has at least one full page in the book that includes photograph(s), details of venue, date and tour memorabilia such as back stage and photo passes. All the photos in the book are taken by David Phillips. Eighty percent of the drummers in ‘From The Riser’ were not featured in ‘A Drummer’s Perspective’ and the other twenty percent are new unseen images of the drummers that were.
List of drummers in the book A to Z:
Aaron Spears (Usher) Airto Moreira (Weather Report/ Miles Davis) Aquiles Priester (Hangar) Alex Acuňa (Weather Report / Elvis Presley) Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold) Ash Soan (Independent-Del Amitri, Adele, Cher, Robbie Williams etc) Ben Stone (Tom Jones) Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club) Billy Cobham (Independent - Miles Davies, Mahavishnu) Bobby Jarzombek (Sebastian Bach) Bonney (The Australian Pink Floyd Show) Brad Webb (Jamie Cullum) Brent Fitz (Slash) Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy) Brooks Wackerman (Tenacious D) Chad Szeliga (Black Label Society) Cherisse Osei (Bryan Ferry,Mika,Paloma Faith) Chris Coleman (Prince, Chaka Khan, Sheila E) Chris Dangerous (The Hives) Chris Hayden (Florence and the Machine) Chris Prendergast (Alex Clare) Claude Coleman Jr (Eagles of Death Metal) Clem Burke (Blonde) Craig Blundell (Independent) Dan Flint (You Me at Six) Dan Wojciechowski (Peter Frampton) Stix Zadinia (Steel Panther) Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta and others) Dave Mackintosh (DragonForce) Dave Weckl (Independent) Deen Castronovo (Journey) Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal, sessions) Elliott Fyffe (Chipmunk) Gareth 'snoz' Lawrence (The Blackout) Gary Wallis (Mike & the Mechanics) Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) Geoff Dugmore (Independent-played on over 50 number 1 albums from Rod Stewart to Tina Turner) Gerald Heyward (Mary J Blige, Michael Jackson, Beyonce and more) Ghost (Ghost) Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) Glen Power (The Script) Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) Graham Broad (Roger Waters - The Wall) Gregg Bissonette (Independent- Ringo Starr, Spinal Tap, James Taylor etc) Ian Matthews (Kasabian) Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Ilan Rubin (NIN) Jack DeJohnette (Jack DeJohnette Group) Jack Savage (Friendly Fires) Jeremy Stacey (Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher and more) Jimmy DeGrasso (Black Star Riders) John Blackwell (Prince) John Fred Young (Black Stone Cherry) Jojo Mayer (Independent) Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age) Jonathan Moffett (Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil) Jonathan Tuitt (Emeli Sandé) Josh Freese (Weezer) Josh Mckenzie ‘MckNasty’ (Tinie Tempah) Karl Brazil (Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams, Feeder) Keith Carlock (Independent - Sting, Steely Dan ) Kenny Aronoff (Independent - Chickenfoot, Jon Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf etc) Lars Ulrich (Metallica) Lea Mullen (George Michael and others) Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats) Mark Pusey (Independent - Olly Murs, Sarah Brightman) Martin Axenrot (Opeth) Martin Carling (Groove Armada) Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Mike Miley (Rival Sons) Mikkey Dee (Motörhead) Moose (Bullet For My Valentine) Neil Peart (Rush) Nick Hodgson (Kaiser Chiefs) Pat Lundy (Funeral For a Friend) Pete Ray Biggin (Level 42) Pete Robinson (The Vaccines) Randy Schrager (Scissor Sisters) Ray Luzier (Korn) Rex Hardy (Mary J Blige and sessions) Rick Latham (Independent - B.B. King, Pat Travers etc ) Rob Rolfe (Enter Shikari) Robin Guy (Bruce Dickinson, Bernie Torme, Martin Barre, Rachel Stamp) Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) Rufus Taylor (Brian May) Scarlett Stevens (San Cisco) Scott Phillips (Alterbridge) Scott Rockenfield (Queensrÿche) Scott Travis (Judas Priest) Sheila E (Prince, Independent) Skully (Razorlight) Stanton Moore (Galactic) Steve ‘Stevo’ Jocz (Sum 41) Stewart Copeland (Orchestralli, The Police) Taku Hirano (Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil) Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck and many others) Thomas Lang (Independent) Todd Sucherman (Styx) Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe) Travis Barker (Blink-182) Vijay Mistry (Kaiser Chiefs) Woody (Madness) Yael (Ugly Kid Joe) Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters) Zoro (Independent - Lenny Kravitz, Sean Lennon, Philip Bailey ) People that make it happen, Behind the scenes
About The Author:
David Phillips, an accomplished rock photographer whose pictures have been published worldwide in books, on-line and in magazines, has worked in the music industry for fifteen years and has been drumming for most of his life.
He is considered one of the world's foremost experts on photographing drummers live, and has a substantial portfolio of pictures. Specialising in live concert photography, and working with some of the biggest bands in the world, David has rare access to take photos behind the scenes, on-stage and back-stage. He has played the drums for over forty years and attributes his skill of capturing these unique photos of drummers playing live to his own understanding of playing the drums.
Who will enjoy this book?
‘From the Riser’ will appeal to anybody interested in drumming. The book will also appeal to people interested in music and concert photography. The quality of the photos, the presentation and unique subject matter makes for a visual feast. The behind the scenes photos will give you an Access All Areas Pass to a side of the live music industry few people have seen.
Where will the pledge money be spent?
Much hard work and love has already gone into the making of this book. The project is near completion and has already incurred significant costs, time and effort. The new money raised from this Kickstarter project will take the ‘From The Riser’ project to its conclusion by covering the majority of the printing, production and design costs of the book. Plus additional costs for re-designing the book website, shipping and storage. This is a self-published book.
‘From The Riser’ will be a quality coffee table book printed to a very high standard on superior 150 gsm gloss paper with heavy weight gloss laminated cover. The book dimensions will be:
Width 12” (30 cm) Height 9.5” (24.5cm)
“ A Drummers Perspective’ weighs 2.8 lbs. (1.27 Kilos). It is expected “From The Riser’ will come in at approximately 180 pages (give or take a few pages, which will be determined in the final design), so will have around 20 more pages and will thus weigh more.
The only way the book will come to market is through your pledges. I would like to say a big thank you in advance to anyone that pledges support for my project. I know from the huge amount of warm feedback and comments on my first book that this second book will not disappoint. I feel that the more I photograph drummers the better I get and I am very excited to show the world this new collection of photos which captures that magic of drumming.
Many thanks to Christian Aisbett for putting together this Kickstarter video.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges:
Photos of one hundred and seven drummers have already been taken and ninety percent of the copy has been written. I plan to photograph two or three more drummers in the next few weeks and then the collection of photographs for this book will be complete. The book will include the one hundred and seven drummers confirmed and listed as a minimum. The design of “From The Riser is estimated to take three to four weeks, and printing a further month. Due to the near completion of this project, risks are minimised . Only funding will affect the timing of the completion and delivery of the finished book. The target delivery date of late April/May is very achievable. I’m confidant any delay, should it occur, would be minor. Should any delays happen all pledgers will be kept informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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