Drum! magazine is closing

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As you read this, Drum!magazine is preparing to shut down. One of the longest-running drum publications will be closing its doors after a run of twenty-eight years. Originally spawned from Drums and Drumming, Drum! magazine was launched under the publishing direction of Phil Hood, his wife Connie, and editor Andy Doerschuk in September 1991.

I wrote regularly for Drum! throughout the 90’s, doing features and providing whatever ink Andy needed. I was introduced to Andy when he was editor of Drums and Drumming, where I wrote the introduction to a piece called “The Drummers of Miles Davis” (the body of the article was written by the late Adam Ward Seligman). This assignment was the beginning of my professional writing career, something I’ve always been grateful for.

Andy gave me a truly powerful lesson in writing in that article, showing me how moving paragraph three of the intro to the very beginning proved to be the perfect editorial change. I’ve lost track of the times I’ve used this writing device, but I certainly owe it to him.

Over the years, I had the opportunity to interview some of drumming and percussion’s true heavyweights, including Terry Bozzio and Chad Wackerman, Luis Conte, Bill Summers, Rick Allen, and Virgil Donati. Through Drum!, I also had the opportunity to write my dream article, “10 Billy Cobham Tracks You Must Hear.”

Phil Hood sold Drum! to Stringfellow Publishing in 2016, where it was steered by Nick Grizzle. The magazine converted to a quarterly version, but even this reduction was not enough to prevent the virtually inevitable overrun by the digital world and the reduction in demand for printed matter. In a nine-hundred mile and hour, sound byte world, waiting a few months for something to hold in your hands simply proved too much for conventional publishing.

I have little additional information to offer, but I do know that Drum! will not be forgotten. It was a magazine that wanted to always remind you that you should be playing. The title was a directive, a command, an order of the highest order, to get behind your kit and light it up. The exclamation point in the title was no accident. It was an imperative.

And it IS imperative that we continue to do exactly that.

 

 

Published by David Aldridge

I'm a jazz drummer, author of The Elements of Rhythm Vols. I & II, and drum teacher, based in Austin, Texas. My music interests include odd meters, polyrhythms, and music cognition studies. I've recorded with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and I am a former features writer for DRUM! magazine. Follow me on: twitter @daldridgedrums facebook davidaldridgedrums myspace davidaldridgedrums www.theElementsofRhythm.com Contact me at: davidaldridgedrums@yahoo.com

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  1. Thanks for the memories! I have a couple corrections, though: Phil, Connie, and I were shareholders in Enter Music Publishing and collectively sold the magazine to Stringletter Media, not Stringfellow Publishing, in 2016. I continued to edit DRUM! for the following year as a contractor to help manage the transition, and Nick was hired when I retired at the end of 2017. Ecletia, comrade!

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