New Edition of Bill's Autobiography

Date: 21.04.2013

"Bill Bruford -The Autobiography" continues to go from strength to strength. A second edition of the paperback has just been published by Foruli Publications with different photographs and layout, and an additional 1100 word Prologue from Bill. Signed copies are on pre-order from Burning Shed online shop. Unsigned copies available at or

Bill filmed interview.

Date: 30.03.2013

A fresh filmed interview with Bill has just been posted at the excellent online magazine iDrum here.

The stories behind history's greatest rock bands.

Date: 27.11.2012

YES men Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman,Steve Howe and Bill Bruford get Close to the Edge On It’s 40th Anniversary ‘InTheStudio’.

The full interview can be streamed now.

Dallas, TX - Nov 26, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands gets a first hand account from YES current and former members Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, and Bill

Bruford about perhaps the pinnacle moment for progressive rock with the release forty years ago of YES Close to the Edge. Coming off the breakthrough success of the band’s Fragile album just nine months earlier, YES had now gained a level of

commercial capital that they intended to spend. It wouldn’t come in the form of three and a half minute pop songs, instead appearing as an album of only three songs. Close to the Edge would debut at # 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and crown YES as progressive rock royalty for decades to come. Jon Anderson tells In The Studio host Redbeard that the band did not intentionally aspire to create complex lengthy songs.

Second shop opens!

Date: 24.11.2012

Bill has opened a second multi-currency online shop stuffed to the hilt with all things Bruford, signed and unsigned. What with currency, exchange rate, shipping and tax hassles, the thinking is that this one may be more convenient for European and customers from the rest of the world outside North America. The North American shop continues to thrive, and wishes all its customers a happy holiday season. Not all items are necessarily in permanent stock in both shops all the time, but if you can't find what you want in one, it's probably in the other! Admin

All hardbacks now despatched

Date: 03.11.2012

Just to advise that all the When in Doubt, Roll! limited edition (blue) hardbacks, autographed and inscribed with your dedicated messages, have now been despatched from Los Angeles, CA. They're on the way! Many thanks to the folks at Foruli in the UK and to Amy who runs the shop in California, for making this happen.

If you missed the special edition, not to worry, the basic (red, pictured) paperback is available and in stock here.



Update from Bill

Date: 26.11.2010

I’m gearing up for the United States and practicing the one joke I’ve got for any citizens of that fair country who might be willing to attend one of my six talks on the ‘Perils and Pitfalls of Playing Percussion in Public'. (FYI the dates and details are in the News section of this site). It’ll be weird turning up without a drumkit, but I’m very much looking forward to the trip. The book is continuing to sell like hotcakes and now Foruli Books have turned up and they want to do a limited Edition, with all sorts of bolt-ons, additional extras etc. These things are works of art. Have a look at their website to see what I’m talking about. I’ll keep you up to speed with developments on that. Great people – ‘Foruli’ is Latin for bookcase, apparently.

There’s been a lot of great music based around the London Jazz Festival recently some of which I’ve got to, and some of which I’ve missed, usually because it clashed with something else. ‘Rudder’ from NYC is a cracking quartet with the fabulous Keith Carlock on drums and Tim Lefebvre on bass, whom I last heard standing in the same place on the same stage a few weeks ago with Mark Guiliana’s Big Beat. It also featured pal Henry Hey, the pianist on Earthworks Underground Orchestra, in this wildly different context. Then on to John Scofield at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the ever-sensational Bill Stewart on drums. He was the first person I bumped in to in the lobby as I entered the building. I sadly missed Iain Ballamy’s arrangements for Billy Jenkins, and I also had to miss the excellent Laurie Cottle – last bass-player left standing in Earthworks – who runs the best 17-piece big band in town (no question) with Ian Thomas on drums. So, caught some, and missed some, but this was a rich feast. Jazz ain’t dead in London, I tell you.

BTW,Guestbook questions will be answered occasionally in the Guestbook, logically enough. Hope to see some of you soon.