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  1. Scott K Fish

    Neil Peart on Music Marketing – ‘It’s a Sad Mess’

    Neil Peart on Music Marketing – ‘It’s a Sad Mess’ SKF NOTE: Digital music devastated the old order of earning a living in the music business. I still don't understand all the nuances those changes made. But I understand enough to know album sales and airplay lost much of their money earning...
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    #SKFBlog -- Neil Peart On Making His Romanian Oak Drumset

    #SKFBlog -- Neil Peart On Making His Romanian Oak Drumset SKF NOTE: This morning, revisiting email exchanges with Neil Peart, looking for one exchange in particular, I came across Neil's March 15, 2015 email and photo describing his "new Romanian Oak drumset," destined for Rush's 40th...
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    Frank Briggs Interview – Do Your Best Always (Circa 1983)

    Frank Briggs Interview – Do Your Best Always (Circa 1983) SKF NOTE: I recently uncovered this circa 1983 interview with drummer Frank Briggs. Edited slightly, I’ve retyped my original introduction below, followed by scans of my original transcript, complete with proofreaders marks. I don’t...
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    SKF on Neil Peart – Friends, Dreams and Mystical Resonances

    SKF on Neil Peart – Friends, Dreams and Mystical Resonances SKF NOTE: This post opens with my last email to Neil Peart -- which he didn't answer. On learning of his death and his years long struggle with cancer, I know why Neil didn't answer. I liked Neil Peart as a human being. We first met...
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    Looking for info on drummer Billy 'Kentucky' Wilson

    Hi - I received an email from a woman seeking info on drummer Billy 'Kentucky' Wilson. Here's what she wrote: My husband and I were wondering if anyone out there remembers a drummer name Billy Kentucky Wilson? We knew him many years ago and lost track of him and his family. Kentucky played at...
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    Scott K Fish - Frankie Dunlop Complete Interview Available Online

    SKF NOTE - Over the next few weeks I am making available my full interview, no edits, with Frankie Dunlop. The interview took place in 1984 in two sessions. The first session, on October 16, 1984, was at my former in-law’s New York City apartment. The December 13, 1984 second session took place...
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    SKFBlog Audio - Al Duncan - Great Ears and a Good Memory (Circa 1981)

    #SKFBlog Audio - Al Duncan - Great Ears and a Good Memory (Circa 1981) I was interested in speaking with Al Duncan because I knew — from printed sources and from other musicians, like Willie Dixon — that Mr. Duncan had played on several early rock recording sessions for Chess Records and...
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    #SKFBlog - Al Duncan: Big Ears and a Good Memory

    #SKFBlog - Al Duncan: Big Ears and a Good Memory But, most of the stuff that I did around Chicago was all with the rock cats. I mean, being in the Regal Theater I did The Miracles, The Temptations, and all of them. Marvin Gaye. Everybody came through there. Back in those days they had the Black...
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    Keith Copeland – Jazz Drummers Who Influenced Me and Why

    #SKFBlog Audio - Keith Copeland – Jazz Drummers Who Influenced Me and Why https://bit.ly/2QrD3oD https://scottkfish.com/2018/11/07/keith-copeland-jazz-drummers-who-influenced-me-and-why/
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    Louis Bellson’s 1940s Gretsch Kit in ‘A Song is Born’ Movie

    #SKFBlog - Louis Bellsons 1940s Gretsch Kit in A Song is Born Movie SKF NOTE: Theres quite a cast of jazz greats in this A Song is Born 1948 movie clip including a very young Louis Bellson on his original mid-1940s Gretsch double-bass drum set. Some wonderful footage of Louis. Watch for his...
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    SKFBlog Audio - Roy Burns Drum Clinic - Circa 1974

    SKFBlog Audio - Roy Burns Drum Clinic - Circa 1974 SKF NOTE: In August 2014, a few months after starting my blog, I posted my recollection about a Roy Burns drum clinic I had attended around 1974. I was newly living in Davenport, Iowa the Quad Cities area of Davenport and Betterndorf in...
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    SKFBlog Audio: Freddie Gruber - I Played Leedy & Ludwig Drums

    SKFBlog Audio: Freddie Gruber - I Played Leedy & Ludwig Drums SKF NOTE: Sorting through another box of my audio cassettes, I found the third and final part of my interview with Freddie Gruber circa 1982. We were seated at the kitchen table in Buddy Rich's NYC apartment. (Here's my original...
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    Scott K Fish: You Have a Chance to Interview Your Favorite Drummer....

    I have a hypothetical situation. I'm curious to hear serious answers from drummers kind enough to participate. To get answers as objective as possible, I'll wait for a little while, until some answers have come in, and then I'll tell you why I'm asking. These aren't trick questions. Here's the...
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    SKF Blog: Paul T. Riddle - The Influence of Joe Morello

    SKF NOTE: This excerpt is Paul T. Riddle talking with me about the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Greatest Hits album. Specifically, Paul talks about Joe Morello's playing and sound and the influence Morello with the Brubeck Quartet had on Paul's drumming. I don't remember the exact purpose of this...
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    SKF Blog: Bernard Purdie: 'Purdie Shuffle' Solo Drums (1990)

    SKF NOTE: Bernard Purdie's 1990 solo drum performance is from a larger drum project in which Chip Stern asked me to take part. The general idea was having a percussion magazine and a companion audiocassette. The project never went public. I am posting this performance with Chip's permission...
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    Jim Chapin on Freddie Gruber's Drumming 1949-50 (Audio)

    Jim Chapin on Freddie Gruber's Drumming 1949-50 SKF NOTE: This recording, which I wasn't sure I still had, is one of my favorite moments from preparing to write a profile of Freddie Guber. I came across an unmarked cassette this morning, inserted it into my tape player, and there was Jim...
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    SKF Blog: Saving an Old Birdseye Maple Snare Drum

    SKF Blog: Saving an Old Birdseye Maple Snare Drum Thank you, Lee Vinson, at The Boston Drum Builders, a website devoted to Boston's early 20th century drum makers, for your help in bringing to light this old snare drum I bought at a yard sale. The shell is 14.5 inches by 3 inches. With new...
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    SKF Blog Audio - Frankie Dunlop: Gene Krupa Arranges Slingerland Endorsement

    SKF NOTE: Gene Krupa's kindness to Frankie Dunlop early in Frankie's career is covered in my blog post, Frankie Dunlop: Gene Krupas Kindness to an Upcoming Drummer. In this audio excerpt you can hear Frankie telling the whole story. Frankie was playing a "rattletrap" set of drums with Maynard...
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    SKF Blog Audio: John Von Ohlen - I Started On Drums at Age 17

    SKF Blog Audio: John Von Ohlen - I Started On Drums at Age 17 From the transcript of my interview with John Von Ohlen, published in the March 1985 Modern Drummer. John's relatively late start on drums were preceded by more than a decade of studying accordion, piano, and trombone. And also...
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    SKF Blog: Name the Drummer, Solve a Mystery

    SKF Blog: Name the Drummer, Solve a Mystery Thanks in advance to the person who solves this mystery. A member of drummer Gary Chester's Facebook page would like to identify the drummer in these photos. My best guess: Irv Cottler. As of this writing we don't have a verified winner. Scott K...
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