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.



Jigging about in cyber-space.

Date: 03.08.2010

After at least a decade of frantic music-business-related computerising, it may be helpful to try to stand back and attempt to assess the net effect of the arrival of the machine into our musicianly lives. I’m 61. That’s important because it places one immediately into a context – I was about 50 when the computer came crashing into my analogue world. I and people my age had to learn from the ground up, probably starting with learning how to type. The digital native / digital immigrant distinction is useful. Broadly anyone under thirty-ish has grown up with the computer and may be called a digital native. Anyone who had to learn about it in maturity is a digital immigrant. We immigrants may learn the language more or less efficiently, but we don’t speak it like the natives.

The personal net effect of all this, viewed in the round, is that the years of computing have driven me away from music-making, rather than towards it. Perhaps the web has made it simultaneously harder for those of us who were already musicians to continue being musicians, and easier for those of us who weren’t musicians to become one. Those of us who had a slice of the pie (the pie being audience attention) have been forced to hand over some pie to the beginners. My problem is that the so-called democratisation of music-making has produced such an unholy racket that I can no longer conceive of contributing to the din, let alone trying to persuade anyone to listen to my particular din, let even more alone asking them to pay for my new din. Like a bloke with too much food on his plate, all I can feel is queasy.

The web too often introduces a false sense of intimacy. You feel you know me, and I feel I know you. After all, we’re just the other side of this bit of glass, right? We blog, we’re pals. Well, not really. The relationships I now trust are those with friends family and people standing in the same room as me. They’re identifiable and authentic. Same with my music-making – identifiable, authentic, and in the same room at the same time, please. Hence my move towards jazz, which most definitely fits that description. Everything else is just jigging about in cyber-space.

So, for me, the net effect of a decade of jigging about at the keyboard has had the unintended consequence of heightening my belief in - and desire for - the real, tangible, immediate, and authentic. I thirst for almost anything the computer cannot provide, and funnily enough that's quite a bit. Now that the glitzy gloss of sampling, fakery, pro-tooling and anyone-can-do-it wizardry has begun to tarnish, I’m sort of left where I started, only more so. How do you feel?