In keeping with our Music Special with drums and drumming we present to you a few books on the topic:

The original, one and only premier rock oriented drumming books was written and published by fabled rock drummer Carmine Appice (pronounced: Car Mine Ap Uh See). Written back in the 1970’s this was virtually the only book on the topic of rock drumming. Appice was drummer for singer Rod Stewart in several bands and did the drum tracks on Stewart’s mega-disco era hit “If You Think I’m Sexy." Appice also formed several rock bands of his own that recorded and toured the country.

This is still an excellent primer on rock drumming from an excellent drummer.

The Updated Realistic Rock Drum Method
by Carmine Appice

Paperback: 84 pages ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.28 x 11.98 x 9.00
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications; Book and CD edition (July 1, 2000)
ISBN: 0897244869

Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion
by Mickey Hart, Jay Stevens, Fredric Lieberman

More metaphysical and historical than instructional (what did you expect from a Dead Head) this book comes from Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who is a member of many recording preservation groups. Hart has been involved in recording and preserving drumming by North American Indians.

This book is a sort of personal quest for Hart to understand the place of percussive rhythms in the meaning of life (his and life in general), plus it also details many exotic drums and percussion instruments used historically from the times before recorded history.

Paperback: 264 pages ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 9.50 x 7.50
Publisher: Acid Test Productions; 2nd edition (December 1998)
ASIN: 1888358181

Drums for Dummies
by Jeff Strong (Author)

Yep, there’s one of these too! As with all the other books in this series it is very well organized and structured. An excellent source for someone who needs to learn things in a methodical manner.

Paperback: 360 pages ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.89 x 9.54 x 7.06
Publisher: For Dummies; Book and CD-ROM edition (September 15, 2001)
ISBN: 0764553577

Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, Second Edition : The Story of the World's Most Recorded Musician
by Hal Blaine with Mr. Bonzai (Author)

Paperback: 140 pages ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.57 x 9.06 x 5.98
Publisher: Hal Leonard; 2nd edition (April 1, 2003)
ISBN: 1888408073

Hal Blaine is the most widely heard drummer of the 50's, 60's and even part of the 70's. It was his drumming you heard on many of the hits from Sonny and Cher, The Beach Boys, the productions of Phil Spector (including the mega-mega hit "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers), the Moma's and Papa's, the Monkees first two albums.

The session band known as "The Wrecking Crew" also included the likes of Glenn Campbell (lead guitar), Tommy Tedesco (lead guitar), Carole Kay (bass and rhythm guitar), among others.

The Making of a Drum Company : The Autobiography of William E. Ludwig II
by William F. Ludwig II (Author)

Paperback: 128 pages ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.32 x 11.14 x 8.50
Publisher: Hal Leonard; (December 1, 2001)
ISBN: 1888408057

Ludwig founded and ran the most famous drum company, ever! He was also a founding member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD).

The Great American Drums: And the Companies That Made Them, 1920-1969
by Harry Cangany, Rick Van Horn (Editor), Rick Van Horn

Paperback: 72 pages ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.15 x 12.04 x 9.03
Publisher: Hal Leonard; (September 1996)
ISBN: 0793563569

This book is a history and "blue book" for drum kits and parts. You'll learn who made what and a little about the companies. While it covers only American drum companies, they amounted to a bulk of world offerings until Tama and later Yamaha came on to the scene. If you're a collector, e-bay enthusiast or just curious this book might hold some worth for your needs...

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