The Drum Thing is a book project by Deirdre O’Callaghan. It has been three years in the making and it puts the often overlooked rhythm section front and centre. The book includes photographs and interviews featuring the most talented and established drummers in the world today. It will give insight into drummers’ candid home lives with portraits and detail shots as well as in-depth interviews.
Drummers involved include John Densmore (The Doors), Dave Grohl (Nirvana,Them Crooked Vultures), Questlove (The Roots), Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman), Stephen Morris (Joy Division, New Order), John French (Captain Beefheart), George Hurley (The Minutemen), Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stoneage), Mike D (Beastie Boys), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam), Topper Headon (The Clash), Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine), Sheila E (Prince), Dennis Thompson (MC5), Animal (The Muppets) and many, many others. You can find the full list at Kickstarter.
From “Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition” by Ben Schott.
Lucian Perkins’ photo book Hard Art: DC 1979 documents four early punk and hardcore shows in Washington DC in 1979.
In 1979, a soon-to-erupt punk scene took hold in Washington, DC, with trailblazer bands like the Bad Brains, Trenchmouth, Teen Idles, the Untouchables, and the Slickee Boys, among others. Lucian Perkins, later a Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist for The Washington Post, was then an intern who photographed several pivotal and electrifying shows. His now-iconic photos are complemented by punk rock musicians Alec MacKaye’s narrative and Henry Rollins’ essay.
More photos here.
Long-awaited Courtney Love autobiography finally has a publication date. The 400-page memoir will be published on 1 December.
“Nothing is off limits, not her relationship with Billy Corgan and Trent Reznor, nor her engagement to Ed Norton,” said a spokesperson for the publisher, Macmillan. “While she doesn’t shy away from tales of excess, Courtney also goes deeper, offering unique insights into the modern rock culture she helped shape.”
Photo: Paola Kudacki