News: The Roots OF Rock Drumming interviews

An historic release, The Roots of Rock Drumming is now available!

Featuring Interviews & Commentary with
  • Bobby Morris (Louis Prima)
  • Dick Richards (Bill Haley and His Comets)
  • Earl Palmer (Little Richard)
  • DJ Fontana (Elvis Presley)
  • JM Van Eaton (Sun Records studio)
  • Buddy Harman (Roy Orbison)
  • Jerry “J.I.” Allison (Buddy Holly and The Crickets)
  • Hal Blaine (LA studio)
  • Idris Muhammad (Curtis Mayfield)
  • Sam Lay (Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chicago studio)
  • Bernard Purdie (NY studio)
  • Roger Hawkins (Muscle Shoals studio)
  • Sandy Nelson (drum solo hits)
  • Smokey Johnson
  • John Boudreaux
  • Brian Bennett
  • Bobby Graham
  • Clem Cattini
  • Jaimoe
  • Carmine Appice 
  • Steve Gadd
  • Jim Keltner

Presenting a behind-the-scenes look at the origins rock’n’roll, and told by the groundbreaking drummers who were there, this history is presented through the eyes of the players themselves.

Twelve years in the making, this is one of the most important historical projects about the art of drumset playing that has ever been produced, and the most complete document of early rock’n’roll drumming. In 2001, Hudson Music founders Paul Siegel and Rob Wallis, along with drumming veteran Steve Smith, began conducting documentary-style video interviews with important drummers from rock history.

Presented in a coffee-table style with tons of rare photographs in a beautiful 256-page layout, this package belongs in the library of anyone with any interest in drumset playing or rock music. This book, and the accompanying DVD, is a time capsule of those early, exciting days of artists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, The Crickets, and so many others.

The included DVD contains nearly three hours of excerpts from the interviews, taking the viewer on an engaging, informative, funny, and sometimes poignant trip through the history of rock music. The full length interviews will be available online soon at