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Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters

by Mike Edison Backbeat
Pub Date:
01/2020
ISBN:
9781493047734
Format:
Pbk 264 pages
Price:
AU$44.99 NZ$46.08
Product Status: In Stock Now
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Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters is both a gonzo rush—capturing the bristling energy of the Rolling Stones and the times in which they lived—and a wide-eyed reflection on why the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World needed the world's greatest rock 'n' roll drummer.


 


Across five decades, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has had the best seat in the house. Charlie Watts, the anti-rock star—an urbane jazz fan with a dry wit and little taste for the limelight—was witness to the most savage years in rock history, and emerged a hero, a warrior poet. With his easy swing and often loping, uneven fills, he found nuance in a music that often had little room for it, and along with his greatest ally, Keith Richards, he gave the Stones their swaggering beat. While others battled their drums, Charlie played his modest kit with finesse and humility, and yet his relentless grooves on the nastiest hard-rock numbers of the era ("Gimme Shelter," "Street Fighting Man," "Brown Sugar," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," etc.) delivered a dangerous authenticity to a band that on their best nights should have been put in jail.


 


Author Mike Edison, himself a notorious raconteur and accomplished drummer, tells a tale of respect and satisfaction, for the first time uncovering the utterly irreplaceable, true beating heart of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts.
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.