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.



February's questions answered.

Date: 27.02.2011

With Genesis c.1976: L-R front: Rutherford, Collins, Hackett. L-R rear: Banks, Bruford.

Continuing thanks to all for kind comments about my literary efforts. The book continues to sell steadily on a growing word of mouth to which you all - I’m happy to say- contribute!

George H. Myers: Date 08.02.2011 is ‘looking for a "new or used in "Great Condition" TAMA STARCLASSIC MAPLE... MADE IN JAPAN. I am not sure if I can find a new Tama kit made in Japan? Please let me know A.S.A.P’

Can anyone help George? I’m afraid we don’t trade or deal in drums here George. I have two very nice Bubinga Starclassic kits, one with bigger rock-size drums tuned for rock, and a smaller sized kit tuned more for jazz, and I’m holding on to both of those. Suggest you find your nearest Tama dealer from the Tama website and start by asking him.

Gimber: Date 22.02.2011 would like to know what makes that "TIC" sound on the "Discipline" album. It sound like an electronic thing. Is highly listenable on "The sheltering sky" alongside the slit drum, on "Discipline" and on the "Frame by Frame intro". I think is doing the role of the hi-hat. Can you tell me what's that?

Gimber, that’s the electronic hi-hat that came along with the early version of the innovative Simmons electronic drums SDS5 kit, around 1980. It was an open-and-shut foot pedal triggering an analogue module that produced various white-noise or metallic sounds. I was looking to play less on conventional cymbals and hi-hat, so didn’t even carry a hi-hat on the road for a few years. Much of the ride cymbal work ended up on 6 or 8 Tama Octobans.

Adam Renz: Date 24.02.2011 specialises in Real Ale pilgrimages to the UK from NY, and congratulations, Russell, on completing your 10th. You’ll know more about the UK than I do, quite probably!

Russell Scarborough: Date 25.02.2011 wants to ‘purchase lead sheets to Beelzebub & other tunes, so i can coerce others to perform them’.

Doesn’t sound like it’s going to be much fun Russell! BTW, it’s always helpful if you could look at this site’s very comprehensive FAQ section if you’re looking for answers. FAQ 17 points you to several of my tunes currently available at Might be worth checking to see if what you want is there. I also found an excellent transcription of Hell’s Bells by Lucas Pickford on the web the other day. Could start with that!

Tony Foley: Date 26.02.2011 asks: “You probably read about the recent death of Anglo-American jazz composer/pianist George Shearing. Considering his classical background and the development of his signature double melody block chord (which certainly made his form of bebop accessible to me), just wondered if you had any thoughts on his influence/legacy?”

Despite the British connection, Tony, I regret Shearing’s music remained only in the deep background for me, albeit as an instantly recognisable sound. That alone is such a hard thing to do in music – to corner and then inhabit your own small area such that anything you apply your technique to instantly becomes ‘yours’. I respect anyone who can do that. On a slightly broader note, musicians tend to spend so much time working on their own skills that they devote much less time to the absorption of other people’s work than is commonly imagined. Shearing is but one of probably many players who’s work I regret I missed.