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.



Upcoming in 2012

Date: 19.12.2011

Rick Wakeman's kit - with the maestro hard at work - around the time of the Six Wives of Henry VIII album (see below).

You may have noticed the Guestbook has disappeared. It was drowning in spam, so we’ve had to close it down. Anyway, conversation on all things Bruford seems to have moved ‘offshore’ to my Facebook page, so please feel to contribute over there.

What’s coming up in the New Year? Well, French and Japanese Editions of the autobiography, a new edition of ‘When in Doubt Roll!’ to satisfy the modest but continuing demand in that area, and various ‘talking head’ type TV appearances, such as BBC TV’s ‘British Music in America’ produced by Ben Whalley, and the last show of Metal Evolution hosted by Sam Dunn on VH1 Classics.

We’ll try to give you a heads-up on all the above on the News Page well before it happens.

As we head up to Christmas, Foruli publications tell me that everyone who had pre-ordered one of their Special Editions has had their order despatched. Initial feedback is gratifyingly positive,and you may have seen the great review at All About Jazz.

I’m doing postgraduate research at Surrey University now, which is very time-consuming, so you’ll probably be hearing less from me as the months roll on. Below are the last questions I’m happy to answer outstanding from the old Guestbook. Seasonal best wishes to all, and so many thanks for all your support in 2011! Bill

Al Cooper 2011-12-01 12:55 wants to know “What was the song you wrote and performed with Eddie Jobson by the name of Black (I think) Sunday? Can you help me find it?”

Al, I think you mean ‘Forever Until Sunday’, on the album ‘One of a Kind’ BBWF 004CD. Eddie Jobson played the violin lead on that, although he didn’t write it. He is credited as co-composer on ‘The Sahara of Snow. Pt 2’ on the same album. You can pick it up right here at the shop on this site.

Simon 2011-12-01 13:32 has “always wondered how you were approached to play on The Six Wives of Henry VIII album? How were you asked, what did you think of the music while recording it and what did you think after it was complete? Any thoughts during this time would be great”.

Simon – It’s getting a bit hazy now, because it was a busy exciting time with everyone playing on everyone else’s solo album, so I don’t really remember Rick (Wakeman) asking me. Around that time I did a lot of sessions for people I knew – Howe, Wakeman, Manzanera, Roy Harper - and lots I didn’t know. I would have been probably unaware – or if aware, unconcerned – that the track was part of a suite involving Henry VIII’s wives! I was just trying to do the best session I could.

chester f blaszko 2011-12-01 16:14 thought it worthwhile to “ let you know that my 7 yr old son and 10 yr old daughter are aware of you and the bands you performed with. timeless is not a given attribute in music thus my heartfelt thanks for leaving a splendid trail for many to follow for many years to come...amen!”

Chester – thanks for bringing on the next generation into the music we both seem to have loved!

Adam Garrie 2011-12-08 02:05 was wondering “ if the ability to play with multiple percussionist(s) is dependent in greater measure on the attitudes/versatility of the other percussionists or if it's more dependent on a music genre or specific musical composition to lend itself to a larger number or percussionists”.

Adam – I think the trick to multi-percussion is to know what you’re all doing up there and why you’re doing it. With a big simple beat at western drum circle or African village level, it may be self-evident that you play what everyone else is playing; no special techniques required. Then again, a Tito Puente Afro-cuban percussion section stands or falls on an intricate integration where each small detail goes towards the making of a rich rhythmic picture. With Pat Mastelotto in King Crimson in the 90s, we were a bit lost until I figured out that his was the big-beat that connected the audience to us, and my job was to play around the fringes of it, implying other metres, appearing to be behind it, or within it, or using other complimentary timbres and sounds. I was sort of Elvin Jones to his Ringo Starr, if you like. Both drummers were adopting a game-plan. Once you have that, the rest is simple. Until you know what that is, as a matter of cultural lore (like the Afro-cubans) or a matter of planning, composition and intellect (like King Crimson), it’s going to be rough with several players up there. When you know what it is, everything else will fall into place nicely.