No Beethoven

No Beethoven
An Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report

[Weather Report] By Peter Erskine Book Item: 98-0989253017
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No Beethoven chronicles the life and times of drummer Peter Erskine, with the legendary band Weather Report being the nexus to this first-hand account. Erskine was in the midst of the modern American jazz music scene as it underwent its most dynamic change. Peter Erskine is a musician of his times with incredibly rich stories to tell in this autobiography. Including never-before published photographs.

No Beethoven includes chapters dedicated to Weather Report and the musicians Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius, and Wayne Shorter, plus the bands Steps Ahead, Steely Dan, and artists such as Elvin Jones, Joni Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Diana Krall, Steve Gadd, producer Manfred Eicher, composers John Williams, and Mark-Anthony Turnage, et al. The book provides a revealing look at the creative process involved in performing music on-stage and in the recording studio, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the musical instrument industry operates.

This is a book for all musicians and fans of music. As famed drummer and Rush founder Neil Peart writes: No Beethoven is among the best musical autobiographies I have read. Peter's story is absorbing and compelling, full of well-drawn characters and incidents both humorous and serious. It flows with the same ease and naturalness as his drumming, and under that good-humored gloss, it conveys the same profundity of experience and ideas. This book should be read not only by every drummer, but by every musician. Even amateurs of music performance will find it entertaining and worthwhile.

Sample Pages


Foreword by Mitch Haupers
1. Thus Spake Zawinul
2. Club Harlem
3. Weather Report Is a Big Band
4. I Join the Band
5. Mr. Gone
6. Summer of '61
7. Joe
8. Educating Peter
9. Guardian Angels
10. School
11. Interlochen
12. Indiana U.
13. Summer of 1972
14. The Stan Kenton Orchestra
15. On the Road
16. Music Companies - Interlude
17. In Praise of Zildjian
18. In Further Praise of Elvin
19. Yamaha
20. Drum Workshop
21. Slingerland Drums
22. I Leave Kenton
23. Maynard Ferguson
24. Tokyo, Japan, 1978
25. Jaco
26. Weather Report Attitude
27. Weather Report's Contentious Ways
28. Living in California
29. Recording Session Stories
30. Go East, Young Man
31. But First, Down South
32. Cue Now ... I'll Take Manhattan
33. Peter Erskine: On the Record
34. More Sounds in the Big Apple
35. Common Denominator
36. Steps Ahead & New York City
37. Madarao, Japan
38. Tachikawa to Santa Monica
39. What the Hell?
40. And Baby Makes 4
41. The Play's the Thing
42. The ECM Recordings
43. Competition
44. Life Goes On
45. Plays Well with Others
46. Diary of Two Film Sessions
47. Back to the Classics
48. Flying to Japan Again
49. Me and Japan
50. Life 2
51. More Talk About Life and Art
52. USC
53. Whither Jazz Goest?
54. Wayne
55. From Fearless to Self-conscious
56. Weather Report Drummers
57. Stormy Weather
58. Three Views
59. Two Deaths
60. Musical Salute
61. Quasthoff
62. The End
63. Last Letter to Me from Joe
Appendix 1: People
Appendix 2: Music

Additional Information

Artist: Weather Report
Author: Peter Erskine
Format: Book
Page Count: 334
Item Number: 98-0989253017
ISBN 10: 0-9892530-1-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-9892530-1-7
UPC: 038081470153

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