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.



Unidentified Yes, an antique SDX ...

Date: 04.07.2011

One of my two elderly Simmons SDXs goes off to a new home. See question below.

Fourth of July holiday weekend, so everyone in the US will be snoozing - or, over here, catching up on Wimbledon.

By the way, for our Italian friends and Bruford watchers, Luigi Viva has sent this review of the Italian edition of my book, for which many thanks. My publisher is hoping to arrange a visit to Italy later in the year – November is suggested. We’re also working on trips to the US and Sweden around the same time. As always nothing is confirmed until it is confirmed on this site, and you’ll hear about it here first.

Campbell Laird Date: 25.06.2011 has found a curious Yes improv. “Any clues to what it is?”

Campbell – this is weird! I have very little recollection of this, but as someone commented, it’s an improv at the beginning of someone’s solo, or of a whole tune. Sounds like an intro to Every little Thing to me. I’d forgotten this, so it’s a treat to hear.

Joseph Jones Date: 19.06.2011 wants to know: “what's this about mr simmons and mr bruford looking for a tech to fix a sdx? great tool for composition those devices”.

Joseph; a gentleman in North Carolina USA has just become the proud owner of a Bruford SDX as used with KC and ABWH. The machine is elderly and in need of maintenance. It had been sitting in storage on the shelves at Tama’s warehouse in Bensalem PA for about thirteen years we reckon. Assuming you’re knowledgeable in this area, please write to the guestbook again with an email that can be passed to the purchaser and he can contact you direct if he wants or it's necessary. Turns out there is quite a club of Simmons equipment aficionados who hunt down bits of kit from the 80s with the same vigour as those who pursue antique cars or vintage wines. The SDX was the flagship Simmons unit, a thing of great size, complexity and imagination. It was the basis of my kit for about 7 years – from Kazumi Watanabe’s ‘Spice of Life 2’ in 1988 through Yes / ABWH and on up to Thrack and subsequent tours with King Crimson in 1995-6.

Dave Dreyfus Date: 07.06.2011 asks: “Are there points in every tour where the best performances just arrive or do these magical performances happen because the sound checks are inspired, dinners arrive on time and the musicians are extra excited to be playing in that particular city, at that particular Theater or Club?”

Dave; see book! This isn’t a cheap commercial plug, but I go into this sort of thing in some depth there. But it’s a good question. I think the best gigs are ‘point of discovery’ i.e. the gigs where you figure out how to do it. That may be personal to you on your instrument, or when two in a rhythm section, for example, find the best groove, or best of all, when all these things occur more or less simultaneously and the band is suffused with rightness and becomes unstoppable. If you’ve timed it about right, that’d be about quarter of the way in to the tour. The process of discovery is intoxicating. If the players are intoxicated (in the best way!), chances are they will transmit that to an audience.

Then again, who’s defining ‘best performances?’ The musicians couldn’t agree on what day of the week it was, let alone agree on a ‘best performance’. Best for whom – musician or listener? See? This stuff gets pretty murky very quickly!

There’s such a thing as being over-rehearsed, too. With Genesis in 1976 we’d booked a long hot ten days in Dallas to rehearse, and it felt like a lifetime. Seems like a very short time by today’s standards, but after about a week I felt I knew everything about the music that I was ever going to learn. At ten days I just wanted to go home, and we hadn’t even started the tour yet!

Dinner arriving on time usually helps!