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No Beethoven

Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report

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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. From the last days of the big band era to the height of fusion...there never was a band quite like Weather Report, and there has never been a more insightful, personal or authentic telling of that band's story and the musicians — Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and Jaco Pastorius — who changed music the European wave as represented by Manfred Eicher's ECM label, to the dawning of the age of the musician as entrepreneur and educator...Peter Erskine is a musician of his times with an incredibly rich story to tell. Many stories to tell! He was there...and now you can be, too. With 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 dedicated "amateurs" of music will find it entertaining and worthwhile."

What's New in Version 2.7.15

Updates to book’s text with additional media, plus Appendix 1, Appendix 2 & Discography updates (July 27, 2018)

Customer Reviews

Weather Report And More

I'm a fan of Weather Report and I purchased this book largely because of that. It's packed with Peter's stories and behind-the-scene anecdotes about the band, Joe, Wayne and Jaco--not to mention tons of photos. That said, this is a book about Peter Erskine's life and I read it from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed it. Peter's writing style is engaging and along the way he imparts pearls of wisdom about being a musician and about life. A must read for Weather Report fans, and also for anyone interested in Peter and the many musicians he has worked with over the years. Now I need to go find those late-eighties Peter Erskine CDs squirreled away in my office and give them a spin!

Read it in two days!

Excellent book in a slick package with tons of pictures, audio/video clips, and other extras! I've been an Erskine fan for years and I'm delighted to get the inside scoop on so many of the great bands and colorful characters he has worked with. It's also inspiring to read about how Peter was able to build so much success in music and never lose sight of the importance of family.

Can't Stop

This is one of those books that if' you're a fan of modern Jazz, especially Weather Report, you won't be able to put down. It has always been pretty clear to me that Peter is an insanely great drummer, and this gives the reader a real "fly on the wall" perspective on modern jazz as it was coming into focus during the age of Weather Report. Not only is Peter an unparalleled drummer, he's a pretty damned good writer as well.

No Beethoven
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  • $19.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Music
  • Published: Nov 27, 2013
  • Publisher: Fuzzy Music LLC
  • Seller: Fuzzy Music LLC
  • Print Length: 650 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 2.7.15
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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