New Bio Set For The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts


The Rolling Stones' legendary drummer Charlie Watts is the subject of a new book. Sympathy For The Drummer - Why Charlie Watts Matters is due out on November 1st, and written by former High Times and Screw magazine editor Mike Edison. He explained his reasons for chronicling Watts and his work in the Stones, telling,, "I’m challenging the orthodoxy of what it means to be a virtuoso -- Charlie Watts can’t play like Neil Peart or Buddy Rich, but it isn’t relevant, and anyway, Buddy Rich. . . always put himself before the music. He took all the virtue out of virtuosity. Charlie is the least selfish drummer in the world, but he could swing a battleship. And he has to put up with Mick Jagger."

Charlie Watts told us that swing music holds an important place in the sound and rhythm of rock n' roll as we know today: ["The rock n' roll that I know, which is a natural progression in the history of swing dance music. It goes from Benny Goodman to Chuck Berry and the piano playing -- which is what this band is based on, piano. And swing is a foundation. Y'know, Duke Ellington -- 'Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing'-- that's the same thing that Chuck Berry had."] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . Chuck Berry had)

Watts admitted he's never even considered the Rolling Stones to be an institution: ["I don't look at the Rolling Stones like that. Y'know, it just. . . they're a group of people that I know that become the Rolling Stones when they get together. Y'know, something happens around us and happens when we play that is either magic, or (a) catastrophe -- whichever way you look at it. It always has done and I assume it always will."] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . it always will)