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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 Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.


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.


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The right of reply.

Date: 14.06.2011

With great drummer Adam Nussbaum last night at ‘the Pizza’…

Conventional wisdom has it that, like the Queen of England, working performers have no right of reply. Anyone posing as a ‘critic’ may villify you in print or online to their heart’s content; any reply from the artist merely validates said ‘critic’, who dines out on the reflected glory, (to mix a couple of metaphors). There is the memorable case of a particularly thin-skinned star I once worked with who took a dislike to a review he found in his cuttings service from, I think, the lowly Kent Messenger newspaper, an inky local rag with a readership of about ten. The celebrity sent a strongly-worded note to the Editor of the Messenger, who, thrilled with all the attention, promoted the hack to ‘entertainments editor’ and ran the story on the front page, instantly doubling the readership and exposure of the offending article. It only ever gets worse.

On the London jazz scene, Jack Masserik of the London Evening Standard has some influence. If you have a run of dates at Ronnie Scott’s or the Pizza Express Jazz Club, an opening-night stinker from Jack can play havoc with ticket receipts for the following nights. Just like that guy Frank Someone who can close shows on Broadway, only smaller. Jack has always detested me and my stuff. Not the least of the several benefits that come with being retired is that now I don’t have to care. At the back of the Pizza last night he tapped me on the arm and ushered me out of the way – I was blocking the little light there was from his scribblings. Happily he enjoyed the group we’d both come to hear – Impossible Gentlemen - featuring ex-Earthworker Gwilym Simcock.

I met drummer Adam Nussbaum for the first time. We drummers feel we know each other because we know each other’s music so well, we know each other’s style and touch on the instrument. Even though we’ve never met, it feels as though we are old friends, because in a way, we are. Adam tells me 75%% of his work is in Europe now, and that the US scene is ‘flat’. I note that Impossible Gentlemen are brought to us in part by funding from the UK Lottery and the Arts Council of England, so that will have something to do with it. Thank heavens impoverished old Europe still manages to find a few Euros to throw at the jazz musician, right of reply or not!