Category: Percussion in Pop Culture


Percussion In Pop Culture – Sidemen: Long Road To Glory

Hot off the tails of Hired Gun is another documentary about the life of the sideman, this one aptly called Sidemen: Long Road To Glory. This movie documents the life and times of three bluesmen that most notably worked for Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. These were guitarist Hubert Sumlin, pianist Joe Willie Pinetop Perkins,…


Percussion In Pop Culture – Hired Gun

A look at the newly released documentary about live and studio musicians   Percussion In Pop Culture is about those rare times when the drummer gets to step out from behind the kit and into the spotlight.


Time Stand Still

In our first video installment of Percussion In Pop Culture we check out the new RUSH documentary Time Stand Still, in theatres for one night only. RUSH may be the most documented band in history. Do we need another documentary?  


Percussion In Pop Culture – The Big Short

What is it about Oscar season? It seems like around the same time last year I was writing about drums playing a prominent role in movies. It’s a trend I’m sure we all would like to see continue. This time around it is Christian Bale sitting behind the kit in the film ‘The Big Short.’…


Percussion In Pop Culture – The Drummer

Eight years after it came out, Bill Block’s 19 minute short The Drummer made it’s way to my desktop. It’s a fun little uplifting story about the struggle of an aging musician to make his living. At times it is a bit heavy handed in the way that short films often are in order to…

Percussion In Pop Culture – Keeping Up

As Abraham Simpson once famously said “I used to be with it, but hen they changed what it was. Now what I’m with isn’t it, and what’s it seems weird and scary to me. It’ll happen to you!” When I started teaching in my early twenties I was usually hip to new music and artists…

Percussion In Pop Culture – The Louisville Leopard Percussionists

If you’re a percussionist and five people haven’t posted this to your Facebook wall, three people tweeted it at you, and your mom sent you an email saying how cool it is, then you must be living under a rock. We’ve all seen that one, but have you seen this one? or this one? What…

Percussion In Pop Culture – Whiplash/Birdman

Whiplash is a new movie about a young drummer who dreams about becoming one of the jazz greats and an abusive teacher that believes praise weakens and discipline strengthens. The performances of Miles Teller as student Andrew Neyman and J.K. Simmons as teacher Terence Fletcher are powerful and honestly some of the best I’ve seen…