Wel­come!

We’re cel­e­brat­ing the ti­tans of rock drum­ming this month…

Rhythm - - CONTENTS - Chris Burke, Edi­tor Chris.Burke@fu­turenet.com Twit­ter @Rhyth­mMagazine Face­book /Rhyth­mMagazine

By our reckoning, 1968 was one hell of a year. That year saw the third and fi­nal al­bums re­leased by su­per­group Cream and the Jimi Hen­drix Ex­pe­ri­ence; the pin­na­cle of rock drum­ming at the time pro­vided by Gin­ger Baker for Cream and Mitch Mitchell for Hen­drix. It was also the year that saw the for­ma­tion of three of the most in­flu­en­tial hard rock bands of all time – Led Zep­pelin, Black Sab­bath and Deep Pur­ple. The drum­mers for those bands are equally le­gendary and their in­flu­ence is still felt by rock drum­mers to this day, who as­pire to be able to repli­cate the beats they laid down on those bands’ clas­sic tracks, as well as take some­thing of the pi­o­neer­ing ge­nius dis­played by messrs Bon­ham, Ward and Paice to use in their own beats. So fifty years on, it seemed a good time to pay trib­ute to a point in mu­sic his­tory where we feel rock drum­ming re­ally came into its own. But, as well as prais­ing those play­ers, Ge­off Ni­cholls looks at the in­flu­ences that they them­selves took to the kit when they started out in the late-6’0s. Find our 50Years of Hard Rock drum­ming fea­ture on page 32 this month!

Else­where we an have interview with Cas­sell The Beat­maker, who tells us about his gig with­The Streets, co-writ­ing an award win­ning al­bum with Plan B and in­spir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of drum­mers, in­clud­ing his own tal­ented drum­ming son Bai­ley. See page 46!This month we’ve also packed your Rhythm with in­ter­views with Mar­i­lyn Mazur, Dave Mat­tacks and Chic’s Ralph Rolle, plus we get Andy Hur­ley to re­count his ca­reer with the mighty Fall Out Boy.

There are ex­pert gear re­views as al­ways too, and a packed tu­ition sec­tion has lessons in cre­ative‘ count­ing’ in jazz, four-way co­or­di­na­tion, dou­ble para­did­dles, groove dis­place­ment and more. En­joy!

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