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.



Letter from America

Date: 10.01.2011

Roy Harper's 'Trigger', 1975.

It was weird being on tour in the US recently, this time without a drum kit. In my playing days, we used to fly vast quantities of drums and specialist percussion around to what promoters were pleased to call primary, secondary, and tertiary markets. In Louisiana for example, the primary was New Orleans, the secondary Baton Rouge, and the tertiary some god-forsaken cattle shed outside Pineville. Then, as the market contracted, it was just primary and secondary markets, then just primary. By then we’d stopped shipping specialist kit around because of costs and were making do with simpler gear provided by rental or endorsing companies. Tours were restricted to East coast and West coast - anywhere else was too expensive to reach, especially if you wanted to play that weird kind of music. Earthworks last cross-national tour was in 2001; by the late 2000s Earthworks was appearing only in NYC. Then it was just Tim Garland and me flying in to NYC from the UK. Now I appear solo, and without any drums at all. That must say something about something!

I had a great US trip. Thanks to everybody who attended, organised, bought books, and came to lectures. To all the guys from Paiste, Tama, Modern Drummer magazine, Guitar Centre, Drummers Collective, Memphis Drum Shop and a dozen others – many thanks for putting up with me. Ast least the backstage rider wasn’t too complex! Scroll down on this Views page for plenty of photographic evidence that I eat too much and talk more.

About the message from Dave Cochran: Date: 05.01.2011 – Dave, from Nashville TN, was part of Roy Harper’s ‘Trigger’ band that we both played in in 1975. Pictured above. He played bass, and I remember our time together with great affection. All best to you too, Dave.

From Michael Pizarro Date: 03.01.2011

Bill, you talk a lot about jazz and the art of improvisation in your book. I was and still am a big fan of the Allman brothers. I think In Memory of Elizabeth Reed live at the Filmore is one of the greatest jazz/rock/improv songs ever. Any Thoughts on this genre of music, now called "jam or jam bands"?

Well, Michael, I’ll be honest here, the Allman’s aren’t my thing. There are different levels of improvisation, and their improvs stay rooted to the blues pentatonic scale, one or two chords and a reliable backbeat, without much interaction from the other players. It’s the conversational interaction that I’m listening for, and that intrigues me - a sense of the music being open and that it could go anywhere. I say this; you say that. I say this because you said that. The conversation ebbs and flows like the wind or the ocean. This requires the very high level of musicianship and listening skills usually associated with skilled jazz players. Some say the apex of this kind of ‘listening’ music was the Miles Davis small groups of the early to mid 60s. Try anything from his albums ‘Seven Steps to Heaven’, ‘E.S.P.’, or ‘Miles Smiles’. The jam scene operates on a different level to that, but for the inquisitive listener can often provide an entry to it. These are matters of personal taste however, and I’ll add my usual disclaimer that I defend anybody’s right to like any music they can like, and for whatever reason.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2011 to all. Bill