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Gene Krupa The Pictorial Life of A Jazz Legend
Book and CD
Gene Krupa, AKA Drummin' Man, was the most famous musician ever to sit behind a set of drums. Gene not only played great but he looked great, which helped make him not just a drum star but the first true matinee idol ever produced by jazz!
Gene was a consummate showman who singlehandedly popularized the drumset as a solo instrument. Listening to Gene on record is to miss half the experience. You must experience the visual side. And that's what this book, Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend, is all about.
Written by Dr Bruce H. Klauber, who has produced many works on the legends of jazz drumming, the book is short on text but long on photographs. Many of them rare photos that should please Krupa fans of all ages.
Gene's Life in Over 200 Photos
After an Introduction by author Bruce H. Klauber, a number of famous drummers share their insights on Krupa. This chapter will give you an idea of just how great an influence Gene had on drummers of all styles, not just jazz!
Although the remaining chapters mainly cover Gene's life in photographs, there is sufficient text to provide you with the "real" story of Gene Krupa, which is quite different from that of his life story as portrayed in the 1959 movie "The Gene Krupa Story."
Although I consider myself a Krupa fan, as Gene was the first and biggest influence on my own drumming career, I wasn't aware of the fact that Gene was responsible for a number of manufacturing innovations at the Slingerland Drum Company. That and other information is included in a chapter on "Endorsements."
Bonus Audio CD
Gene Krupa The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend: The Bottom Line
I highly recommend it! Not only to fans of Gene Krupa or jazz drumming, but to fans of drumming in general. Regardless of the style of music you play.
The book and CD package retails for $26.95, a good deal for what you get. You can purchase it online here: Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend
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