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Sympathy for the Drummer


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Mike Edison's books include the celebrated memoir I Have Fun Everywhere I Go; the sprawling social history of sex on the newsstand, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!; and the deliciously filthy political satire Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie. Edison lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Charlie Watts lays it down, and the others follow. He is the Law. This book explains why. Clem Burke, Blondie. Required reading for any Stones fan. Bun E. Carlos, Cheap Trick. The most colorfully graphic and, arguably, the most accurate description extant of the Rolling Stones at the absolute pinnacle of their career. All About Jazz. [Edison] shoots from the hip from the first line to the last in this extremely entertaining celebration... Edison s frenzied, gunned up prose repeatedly reminds one and all of exactly why Charlie Watts Matters... Stones fans and jazzers, bluesers and rockers alike all owe Mike Edison a massive thank you. ? ? ? ? Shindig Sympathy thankfully is not a ponderous academic treatise, and while Edison occasionally leans into gonzo flights of fancy, he takes the reader on a grand tour of forty years of Watts contributions to the Rolling Stones... As Keith Richards has said, No Charlie, no Stones, and Edison wrote the book to prove it. Modern Drummer. Sympathy for the Drummer is so much more than an incisive appreciation of Charlie Watts, it is an effusively infectious tribute to art in all of its myriad forms. Edison s insights into the Rolling Stones are backed up by a fluent scope of cultural historicity, and peppered with an array of no-nonsense broadsides. Compelling evidence to convince even the most non-partisan reader that Charlie is indeed the WORLD S GREATEST ROCK N ROLL DRUMMER! Jim Sclavunos, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. A great voice of authority and knowledge, dispensed with free-wheeling fluidity. Super entertaining, and right on. Katherine Turman, coauthor, Louder Than Hell: The Complete Oral History of Heavy Metal. A wild ride through six-plus decades of music history... An illuminating and massively entertaining book. Epstein, author Big Hair and Plastic Grass. Mike Edison s libertine prose swings and hits like Charlie Watt s right hand. Meredith Ochs, author Rock-and-Roll Woman. It s not hard to fathom why a former editor of both Screw and High Times magazines would find writing about the Rolling Stones, one of the most dissolute champions of sex and drugs, right in his conceptual wheelhouse. But Edison takes a unique approach by focusing his investigation on Charlie Watts, the woefully underappreciated lynchpin of the Stones sound. This book is a delightful look at the Stones through the eyes and the beats of their most reticent member. Finally someone gave this drummer some. Larry Ratso Sloman, author On the Road with Bob Dylan. Charlie Watts is the backbone of the Rolling Stones. In this affectionate yet unflinching biography, Mike Edison shows how integral his jazz sensibility makes them a true band: keeping time, creating space, and hitting the crash cymbal at just the right moment. Lenny Kaye, guitarist, author of You Call It Madness: the Sensuous Song of the Croon. An imaginative consideration of the Rolling Stones, one which will let you hear utterly familiar tracks with entirely fresh ears. Ira Robbin.

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