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.



Nature abhors a vacuum.

Date: 02.08.2011

No, it's not me when I was younger. It's an unidentified dance-band drummer at Mark Foy's Empress Ballroom, Sydney, Australia. Date unknown.

Nature abhors a vacuum. Build roads, attract more cars. Empty cupboard space. Can’t stand it, let’s find some things to put in there. There’s space for just a few more things on that empty shelf. Let’s fill it up! Nature abhors a vacuum, as do we consumers. If not the whole function of the artist, it may be his pleasure to reassert some control over all this spatial profligacy. An artist may control space. The space between the notes, the aural environment - or acoustic space - in which his music is heard, the negative space from which his sculpture draws its meaning, the impossible space of an Eischer staircase. Space temporal, space physical, space environmental, space aural, how we insert ourselves into these spaces and how we use this space, is the business of the artist.

It’s certainly the business of the drummer. The space between the notes – the space between the bar lines. If it is your predeliction, or enjoyment, to wait until the last possible moment before you play the next note, you will surely sound different from the guy who thinks it’s fun to play the next note at the earliest possible moment. I come across younger players who could benefit from considering these things. When you sit down to practise today, set the metronome slow, at about 60 bpm, and try to play accurate quarter notes, or a simple rock rhythm in quarter notes. Then simple phrases with a few notes as possible, and wait till the last possible moment before you play the next note.

In other words, try to play as slowly as possible while staying in time, and give all your attention not to the notes you’re playing, but to the vast chasm of space in between each one. That’s where the music lies. If you get it right slowly first, the faster tempos will look after themselves. If you don’t get it right slowly first, it ain’t ever going to work out. The three key qualities needed to begin life on any musical instrument are patience, patience, and patience. If the successful career is built on a 90/10 split between perspiration and inspiration - or stamina and luck - then the successful building of technique is 90 percent patience and 10 percent determination.

C from G Date: 19.07.2011: Dear Bill, speaking of the “Roundabout Ludwig snare”: Do you still have this drum? If you do, but feel like decluttering the homestead - I’d volunteer to give it a new home...

Yes, I do still have the drum, but I think I’ll hold onto it for a while yet! I’m not much of a collector or drum-enthusiast, and much of the kit I used was either handed back to endorsing manufacturers as they gave me the knew shinier one, or left or lost in storage wharehouses on one continent or another. A lot of the Simmons kit went back to Simmons as the instruments got better, and I understand there is a brisk ebay trade in older electronic drums and equipment. I’ve been a bit sloppy about this in the past, so I think I’ll hang on to the Roundabout snare for the time being!

Eric Stoutenburgh Date: 24.07.2011 is ‘a longtime fan (who) just wanted to say your angular style and polyrythmic prowess inspired me to keep playing bass guitar even when times where tough. Thanks a billion.

Thank you, Eric for the kind comment. There are some thoughts on some of the interesting bass players I’ve had the good fortune to work with in the Interviews on this site, if it interests you.

Michel Date: 28.07.2011 wants to know did I play on Yes' demo "We can fly from here" in 1980?

No. I was Crimsoning.