GORDON’S DRUMS & DEMONS — (By way of Forgotten Hits) Diversion Books is ready to publish Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon by Joel Selvin on February 27th, 2024. Selvin’s riveting narrative follows the person who many take into account the best rock drummer of all time, from his humble beginnings as a teenage touring musician, to his many landmark accomplishments within the studio and on the highway, by means of his downward spiral into psychological sickness, matricide and incarceration. With the cooperation of the late rock legend’s household, and primarily based on his trademark intensive, detailed analysis, Selvin uncovers one of many darkest tales in in style music, additional cementing his status as a grasp of rock noir.
“With out downplaying the grotesque particulars of Gordon’s crime, Selvin gracefully portrays the musician as ‘greater than his illness,’” states Publishers Weekly. “This affecting account sheds new gentle on one among rock’s most complex figures.”
Born and raised within the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Jim Gordon received his begin as knowledgeable drummer touring with the Everly Brothers within the mid-1960’s. His penchant for artistic and astonishingly correct musicianship earned him common session work, becoming a member of the neighborhood retroactively known as The Wrecking Crew. His preternatural instinct and excellent sense of time could be heard on greater than 30 Prime 10 singles together with a number of #1 hits together with the Seashore Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” Carly Simon’s “You’re So Useless” and “I Acquired You Babe” by Sonny & Cher (he additionally provided the literal beat for “The Beat Goes On” by the latter). He has been immortalized on albums by George Harrison, John Lennon and the Byrds, amongst dozens of different family title music acts.
Gordon was notably the drummer for Derek and the Dominos and supplied the piano coda for his or her evergreen anthem “Layla.” Joel Selvin particulars how Gordon didn’t merely hold time, however he was additionally instrumental in shaping compositions; whether or not it was his Latin-influenced rhythms on “Rikki Don’t Lose That Quantity” by Steely Dan or his monumental drum break on the Unbelievable Bongo Band’s “Apache” (a staple of hip-hop from the style’s inception, having been sampled on over 750 different data), he wasn’t only a participant on hits, he made them hits.
Selvin explores the thoughts of Jim Gordon and his lengthy wrestle with schizophrenia, which stayed undiagnosed for years whereas he self-medicated with alcohol and arduous medication, whereas making an attempt to carry his profession collectively all through the 1970’s. Gordon’s head grew to become crowded with a hellish gang of voices screaming at him, demanding obedience, ultimately taking him from absolutely the heights of the rock world — taking part in with probably the most well-known musicians of his technology — to working in a Santa Monica dive-bar band for $30 an evening. His sickness got here to a head in 1983 when he brutally murdered his personal mom, resulting in incarceration for the rest of his life. Jim Gordon handed away in March of 2023 on the age of 77. With the help of first-hand accounts, medical data and courtroom paperwork, Drums & Demons brings this horror to life.
Selvin is not any stranger to the seedy underbelly of the music world. He tackled comparable material in Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hell’s Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day (2016), he adopted New York gangsters in Right here Comes The Evening: The Darkish Soul of Bert Berns and the Soiled Enterprise of Rhythm and Blues (2014) and Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Well-known Dance Membership of the 60’s (2012), and coated kidnap and homicide in Hollywood Eden: Electrical Guitars, Quick Automobiles, and the Fable of the California Paradise (2021).
“Jim wasn’t the beneficiary of a lot compassion throughout his life,” mentioned Joel Selvin, “however no person knew what ache and wrestle he went by means of preventing his psychological sickness.”
DRUMS BY JIM GORDON: SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
Joan Baez – Diamonds and Rust
Seashore Boys – Good Vibrations / God Solely Is aware of
Jackson Browne – Right here Comes These Tears Once more
Buffalo Springfield – Anticipating To Fly
Byrds – Goin’ Again
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman; Light On My Thoughts
Carpenters – There’s A Form Of Hush
Eric Clapton -After Midnight
Joe Cocker – The Letter
Crosby, Stills and Nash – Marrakesh Categorical
Burton Cummings – Stand Tall
John Denver – Thank God I’m A Nation Boy
Derek and the Dominos – Layla
Dino, Desi and Billy – I’m A Idiot
Pals Of Distinction – Grazin’ In The Grass
Merle Haggard – I’m A Lonesome Fugitive
Albert Hammond – It By no means Rains In California
George Harrison – What Is Life
Hues Company – Rock The Boat
Unbelievable Bongo Band – Apache
Sammy Johns – Chevy Van
John Lennon – Energy To The Folks
Gordon Lightfoot – Sunset
Dave Mason – Solely You Know And I Know
Monkees – Mary Mary
Maria Muldaur – Midnight At The Oasis
Randy Newman – Have You Seen My Child
Nilsson – Coconut
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Strangered In The Evening
Mike Put up – The Rockford Recordsdata
Gary Puckett and the Union Hole – Lady, WOman
Helen Reddy – I Am Lady
Johnny Rivers – Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
Leon Russell – Pisces Apple Woman
Carly Simon – You’re So Useless
Sonny and Cher – The Beat Goes On
Steely Dan – Rikki Don’t Lose That Quantity
B.W. Sevenson – My Maria
Stone Poneys (that includes Linda Ronstadt) – Completely different Drum
Visitors – Low Spart Of Excessive-Heeled Boys
Ike and Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain Excessive
Mason Williams – Classical Gasoline
Frank Zappa – Apostrophe (‘)
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