No Beethoven - An Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report - Textbook
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No Beethovenchronicles the life and times of drummer Peter Erskine, with thelegendary band Weather Report being the nexus to this first-handaccount. Erskine was in the midst of the modern American jazz musicscene as it underwent its most dynamic change. Peter Erskine is amusician of his times with incredibly rich stories to tell in thisautobiography. Including never-before published photographs.
No Beethovenincludes chapters dedicated to Weather Report and the musicians JoeZawinul, Jaco Pastorius and Wayne Shorter, plus the bands Steps Ahead,Steely Dan, and artists such as Elvin Jones, Joni Mitchell, FreddieHubbard, Diana Krall, Steve Gadd, producer Manfred Eicher, composersJohn Williams and Mark-Anthony Turnage, et al. The book provides arevealing look at the creative process involved in performing musicon-stage and in the recording studio, as well as a behind-the-sceneslook at how the musical instrument industry operates.
This is a book for all musicians and fans of music. As famed drummer and Rush founder Neil Peart writes: No Beethovenis among the best musical autobiographies I have read. Peter's story isabsorbing and compelling, full of well-drawn characters and incidentsboth humorous and serious. It flows with the same ease and naturalnessas his drumming, and under that good-humored gloss, it conveys the sameprofundity of experience and ideas. This book should be read not only byevery drummer, but by every musician. Even dedicated amateurs of musicwill find it entertaining and worthwhile.