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A Drummers PerspectiveA Drummer’s Perspective is an original and unrivaled collection of over 200 photographs celebrating the world of drumming.

This large format book brings together some of the finest unseen photographs of legendary drummers. It is a unique collection of pictures taken by the author David Phillips, who has been given rare access on stage and behind the scenes to many of the biggest bands in the world.

These images capture the raw emotion and sheer excitement of playing live: You’ll be able to see the view from behind the kit on stage in front of tens of thousands of people, get up close to the action at sound checks and see exceptional shots of some of the most amazing rock concerts and festivals.

The book features over hundred drumming legends from every type of genre and includes new photos of Dave Grohl, Joey Jordison, Zak Starkey, Ginger Baker, Dominic Howard, Neil Peart, Nicko McBrain, Mitch Mitchell, Roger Taylor, Dennis Chambers, Mike Portnoy, Nick Mason, Alex Acuña, Dave Weckl, Josh Freese, Chad Smith, Joey Castillo, Thomas Lang and this list goes on and on!

Renowned drummer, Terry Bozzio has written the foreword. Each picture is accompanied with details of where and when it was taken, recollections and anecdotes from the author, together with tour memorabilia such as backstage and photo passes.

The powerful images and text give a fascinating insight to drummers, their playing and their world. This coffee table book retails for £29.99 and can be purchased exclusively from www.music-images.co.uk.

REVIEW 

A Drummer’s Perspective (ISBN 978-0-9567334-0-5) is a hardcover, 160-page coffee table book weighing just under 3lbs, measures approximately 12"x9.5"x0.75", and printed in the UK. It features an assortment of photos and comments by photographer, David Phillips, who captured his drummer images during various drum festivals, clinics and live concerts in the United Kindom.

Phillips photos have a wide range compositional content; everything from the posed and action shots, to creative shots where you don't see the performer's face (eg. back of the head). There is also a number of photos of drumkit set-ups and group shots from various drumming events. 

The book contains many nice photos with short, interesting explanations regarding the who, what, when, where and why.

Although I would argue the "unrivaled collection" claim, A Drummer’s Perspective provides a unique and genteel look into the world of drumming through the eyes of the photojournalist.