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.



Hayman drums and April's responses.

Date: 03.05.2011

Earthworks, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2004. L-R Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland, Mark Hodgson, Bill

Prompted by the front cover photo of the book, which shows a scarily youthful Bruford in action, plenty of people have asked 'when did I play Camco drums?'. The distinctive round lug boxes have caused some confusion between that company and the British outfit Hayman Drums, whose instruments I did play in the early 70s. Hayman is less well known than Camco in the USA, and I came across this helpful history which might clear things up. Take a look.

Joseph Jones Date: 26.04.2011 asks: “Is there something you are not telling us?"

Ah, the conspiracy theorist! But I think what James went on to produce was a ‘backhanded compliment from the antipodes’, but I couldn’t be entirely sure.

Brooks Rogers Date: 24.04.2011 asks: “If you could peer or listen in to a parallel universe where you stayed in a band longer or a certain line-up had lasted, what would you like to hear/experience just out of curiosity? Yeah, I'm sure you have no or few regrets in your career (as you should!) but just play a little game of "what if?". What different outcome would you be curious to see?”

Brooks, you’re mulling over the Yes or Crimson albums we might have made had I stayed on. Pretty grumpy ones, I should imagine! You give me too much credit for altering the course of things. Had I been less curious I would have stayed with Yes. Had I been better trained musically and technologically, I’d be composing for larger ensembles by now. Had I hired and assistant 10 years ago, I’d probably still be in the business. If I had a pair of wings, I could fly… Neither Yes nor Crimson, while having considerable attributes of their own, were ever going to be the free-wheeling, loose jazz-ish groups that I wanted to be in but didn’t really know I wanted to be in. Took me a while to get there.

Peter James Jon Fonte Date: 24.04.2011 says: “Let us hear from you sometimes, would you?"

Here I am, Pete. If you mean hear from me musically, I fear that continues to be unlikely.

Oluwaseun Adebanwo Date: 18.04.2011 has been “having difficulties with my pedaling with my rt leg kicks,what do i have to do,to conquer that?”

Oluwaseun, I think you mean, generally, that you’re struggling with the bass drum. Strongly recommend you go as simply and as slowly as possible, and be patient. Turn on a drum box or click track of some sort, or even your favourite music track, and try to play the BD steadily and smoothly, 4 beats to the bar, at the same dynamic level. Only when you feel comfortable going all the way through a tune for 3 or 4 minutes like that should you try and go a bit faster. Just 4 beats to the bar. Then try varying the dynamic – going from quiet to loud to quiet again. 20 minutes a day of that for a few weeks will improve your bass drum control beyond recognition. And your confidence too!

Marlon Cherry Date: 14.04.2011 has “been listening to Evelyn Glennie's work a lot lately and I find that there's something about her sense of texture that reminds me of your work. Have you ever had the experience of working with her on any level? I think that the 2 of you would make an amazing duet record due to your similarities and your differences as well”.

Marlon, I’ve known Evelyn a bit, and her work well, for many years. Fantastic player, and to be applauded for breaking down all sorts of walls and prejudices about what a ‘classical’ soloist should or should not be playing. She has done a huge amount to legitimise and popularise percussion in the UK and globally, especially among females. The two of us did discuss a project - around the time of ABWH, probably 1990. We got as far as her record company boardroom, and a meeting with a suspiciously enthusiastic record exec, but nothing came of it. Can’t quite remember why.

Bob C Date: 08.04.2011 would argue that “the role that you have played in terms of contribution to drumming has been seriously overlooked” and feels that “your decision to retire from public performance is denying generations of an alternative and relevant approach to percussion”.

Bob, I disagree. As a semi-permanent fixture in most drum and music magazines for 40 years, I’ve been very well acknowledged, over-praised, and probably too well-paid! As for the last bit about denying somebody something, I’m just letting someone else have a turn. Trust me, there are plenty of hip young guys out there. You’re in safe hands!