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Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit

Matt Brennan


The drum kit—the combination of kick drum, snare drum, and cymbals—has provided the pulse of popular music from before the dawn of jazz up to the present day pop charts. This book is a provocative social history of the instrument that looks closely at key innovators in the development of the kit: inventors and manufacturers like the Ludwig and Zildjian dynasties, jazz icons like Gene Krupa and Max Roach, rock stars from Ringo Starr to Keith Moon, and popular artists who haven't always got their dues as drummers, such as Karen Carpenter and J Dilla. Addressing a seeming contradiction – the cent ... More

Keywords: drum, drummer, drumming, drum kit, drum set, history, instruments, popular music, jazz, rock

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190683863
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190683863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Brennan, author
Reader in Popular Music, University of Glasgow