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This book will give you an insight into drummers'
candid home lives with portraits and detail shots as well as
in-depth interviews.
This book will give you an insight into drummers' candid home lives with portraits and detail shots as well as in-depth interviews.
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THE DRUM THING is a book project including photographs and interviews featuring the most talented and established drummers in the world today. 

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NEW REWARD!!! 

LUDWIG [BREAKBEATS] BY QUESTLOVE Signature DRUM KIT personally autographed by Questlove as well as a signed hard copy of The Drum Thing and invites to the book launches.

"I WANTED TO BUILD A DEVICE THAT WAS APARTMENT-FRIENDLY AND COMPACT FOR THE STREET MUSICIAN; BUT ALSO SOMETHING THAT WAS QUALITY-SOUNDING. A GRITTY, RAW, 'BREAK-ABLE' KIT FOR GIGGING IN CLUBS THAT YOU CAN FIT IN A CAB. BREAKBEATS BY QUESTLOVE DOES IT ALL."  

Breakbeats was designed with the city in mind. Positioned on a riser for optimum reach, its compact 14x16" bass drum, 7x10" tom, and 13x13" floor tom creates a set-up for sculpting grooves in tight spaces.

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THIS BOOK WILL FEATURE:

It will feature:  Roy Haynes (Miles Davis, Charlie Parker), Questlove (The Roots), Neil Peart (Rush), Hal Blaine (The Wrecking Crew), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Larry Mullen (U2), Jim Keltner (Legendary Session Drummer), Matt Helders (Artic Monkeys), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Bryan Devendorf (The National), Chris"Daddy"Dave (Mos Def, Talib Kweli), Jack White (The Dead Weather), Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, The Replacements), Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Travis Barker (Blink 182), Joey Waronker (Atoms For Peace), Steven Drozd (The Flaming Lips), Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown), Clem Burke (Blondie), Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stoneage) + many others. Please see full list below.

John Stanier (Battles)
John Stanier (Battles)

As the driving force behind the best music in the last 60 years, the drummer can often be overlooked. For me the rhythm section has always held a particular fascination and my photographs explore the personalities behind the kits. The response from everyone I approached was overwhelming, so I knew this project had to be published as a book.

In order to feature this range of drummers, I have travelled to a number of different countries including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Jamaica as well as across the United States to Phoenix, New York, Memphis, Alabama, Detroit, Nashville, Florida and California. With your contribution, this book of photographs and in depth interviews
with those who keep the beat will give you an insight into their candid worlds. 

Josh Freese - NIN, The Vandals
Josh Freese - NIN, The Vandals

I have worked as a freelance photographer for the past 15 years. As well as advertising and editorial work, I shoot artwork and press sessions for all the major record companies working with artists such as Grinderman, U2, The National, Laura Marling, Damon Albarn, De La Soul, Gang Starr, Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, Josh Homme, John Lydon, Moby and many others. Through this work, I have built up many contacts over the years in the music industry and this was crucial in starting The Drum Thing project.

My last book ‘Hide That Can' (Trolley) is a photographic study made over four years at Arlington House, a long-term men’s hostel in London’s Camden Town and its then largely male Irish immigrant population. It was awarded ‘Book of the Year’ by both The International Centre of Photography and Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles. It was also part of the 2002 group show, ‘Stepping In, Stepping Out’, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and this work is now part of the permanent collection at the V&A. A solo show of Hide That Can was exhibited at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin.

Questlove - The Roots
Questlove - The Roots
Jon Theodore - Queens of the Stoneage
Jon Theodore - Queens of the Stoneage

The Drum Thing will be a culmination of three years of research, production, shooting and editing. Each drummer’s photograph in the book will be accompanied by an interview. This book will appeal not only to music lovers but to people who love pop culture, photography and music history. I will be collaborating with the best editors
and designers. The printing and reproduction will be of the highest standard. To date, I have funded the entire project and I need to ensure that the end result is not compromised. For these reasons I have decided to independently publish this book. 

I am in the process of speaking to galleries both in the US and UK about exhibiting the drummers project. The Colette store in Paris has confirmed they will run an exhibition to coincide with the book release. 

Zach Hill - Death Grips/Hella
Zach Hill - Death Grips/Hella

I have calculated exactly the funds needed to cover the last phase of this journey. In order to complete the project, I need to photograph and interview 20 more drummers who are based in Iowa, Memphis, San Francisco, New Orleans, London, Los Angeles and New York. 

The money I am hoping to raise on Kickstarter is to cover travel expenses, equipment transportation, car rentals, and local assistants for the shoots. For the actual book production I need to cover the costs of design, retouching, reproduction, printing, storage, and shipping.

The drummers involved have been very gracious towards my efforts. They have donated signed cymbals, signed drumsticks and will also be signing copies of the book. They know a project like this is a labor of love and I am indebted to them for their help and time in taking part in this project.  

              
Steve Gadd (Frank Sinatra, B.B King, Eric Clapton)
Steve Gadd (Frank Sinatra, B.B King, Eric Clapton)
Brian Chase - Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
Brian Chase - Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
Jaki Liebezeit  (Can)
Jaki Liebezeit (Can)

Jaki Liebezeit (Can) • Neil Peart (Rush) • Roy Haynes (John Coltrane, Charlie Parker) • Dave Grohl (Them Crooked Vultures, Nirvana) • Jack White (The Dead Weather) • Questlove (The Roots) • John Stanier (Battles) • Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella) • Brain Chase (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs) • Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) • Steve Gadd (Legendary Session Drummer) •Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) • Chris Corsano (Thurston Moore, Bjork) • Bryan Devendorf (The National) • Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace (Burning Spear,Gregory Isaacs) • Matt Helders (The Artic Monkeys) • Steven Drozd (The Flaming Lips) • Sly Dunbar (Sly and Robbie) • Steve Morris ( Joy Division, New Order) • Topper Headon (The Clash) • Kenney Jones (Small Faces) • Greg Errico (Sly & The Family Stone) • Jody Stephens (Big Star) • George Hurley (The Minutemen) • James Gadson (Legendary Session Drummer) • Jack DeJohnette (Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis) • Airto Moreiro (Weather Report, Miles Davis) • Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) • Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) • Dale Crover (The Melvins) • Stewart Copeland (The Police) • Larry Mullen (U2) • Josh Freese (NIN, The Replacements) • Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) • Leah Shapiro (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) • Jon Theodore (Queen of the Stoneage) ª• Joey Waronker (Atoms For Peace) • Carla Azar (Jack White, Autolux) • Hal Blaine (The Wrecking Crew)

Signed Sticks Available:

George Hurley (The Minutemen)
Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
Brian Chase (Yeah,Yeah,Yeahs)
Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Beck)
Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
Kenney Jones (Small Faces)
Steve Morris (Joy Division, New Order)
Bryan Devendorf (The National)
Lenny White (Chick Corea)
Steve Gadd (Legendary Session Drummer)
Jody Stephens (Big Star)
John French (Captain Beefheart)
Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace (Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs)

Prints available of: Chelsea Hotel, Coney Island & The Legendary Fame Studio Muscle Shoals

Hotel Chelsea
Hotel Chelsea
Fame Studio Muscle Shoals
Fame Studio Muscle Shoals

 Full List of Drummers Involved:

Roy Haynes (John Coltrane, Charlie Parker)

John Densmore (The Doors)

Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown)

Roger Hawkins (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section)

Neil Peart (Rush)

Dave Grohl (Nirvana,Them Crooked Vultures)

Airto Moreira (Weather Report, Miles Davis)

Jack White (The Dead Weather)

Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)

Questlove (The Roots)

Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman)

Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa)

Jim Keltner ( Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell)

Jabo Starks (James Brown)

Jack DeJohnette (Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis)

Milford Graves (John Zorn)

Steve Gadd (Legendary Session Drummer)

Lenny White (Chick Corea)

Earl Young (The Trammps)

Steven Drozd (The Flaming Lips)

Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella)

Stephen Morris (Joy Division, New Order)

PLUS . . .

Jaki Liebezeit (Can)

Russell Simins (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)

Cindy Blackman (Lenny Kravitz, Santana)

John Stanier (Battles, Helmet)

John French (Captain Beefheart)

James Gadson (Legendary Session Drummer)

George Hurley (The Minutemen)

Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stoneage)

Leroy "Hoursemouth" Wallace (Burning Spear)

Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails)

Stewart Copeland (The Police)

Dale Crover (The Melvins)

Hal Blaine (The Wrecking Crew)

Mike D (Beastie Boys)

Matt Helders ( Artic Monkeys)

Hannah Blilie (The Gossip)

Travis Barker (Blink 182)

Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction)

Claude Coleman (Ween)

Carla Azar (Jack White, Autolux)

Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Beck)

Sly Dunbar (Sly & Robbie)

Matt Cameron (Soundgarden , Pearl Jam)

Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Jody Stephens (Big Star)

Greg Errico (Sly & the Family Stone)

Larry Mullen (U2)

Topper Headon (The Clash)

Kenney Jones (Small Faces)

Tony Allen (Fela Kuti)

Leah Shapiro (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)

Sheila E (Prince)

Joey Jordison (Slipknot)

Ginger Baker (Cream)

Yoshimi P-We (The Boredoms)

Herlin Riley (Dr John)

Phil Selway (Radiohead)

Chris"Daddy"Dave (Mos Def, Talib Kweli) 

Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

Dennis Thompson (MC5)

Scott Asheton (The Stooges)

Idris Muhammad 

& Animal (The Muppets)

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges when producing a book of this magnitude is managing the busy tour schedules of the musicians and finding a time to catch up with them at home. We will secure printing of the highest caliber and will do everything possible
to make sure the book is published by September 2014.

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