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Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat

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Tony Allen is the autobiography of legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, the rhythmic engine of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat. Conversational, inviting, and packed with telling anecdotes, Allen's memoir is based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the musician and scholar Michael E. Veal. It spans Allen's early years and career playing highlife music in Lagos; his fifteen year ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 27th 2013 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Derek
Oct 29, 2016 Derek rated it liked it
An interesting read, but pretty much only during the Fela years. The book ostensibly covers Allen's life, but in particular the chapters on his post-Fela career are skimpy and glossed over, I felt.

I was really impressed by the foreword by Michael E. Veal and need to seek out more of his writing.
brook
Jul 25, 2016 brook rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you hear Fela Kuti and think "Who?", do not read the review. If you like James Brown, though, look Fela up and take a listen. For those who listen to and enjoy Fela/Afrobeat, read on. This review is for that audience, as well as for working musicians.

This book is only going to be enjoyable for people who are already familiar with Tony Allen and/or Fela Kuti, or with 1970's Afrobeat in general. It is basically a cataloging of Tony Allen's time spent with Fela and other groups - and on his own
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Chris
Mar 20, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Given that Tony Allen is one of my idols and I have been lucky enough to see him perform twice in relatively intimate venues, I was very excited to read this book.

Unfortunately I was quite disappointed.

In his introduction, Michael Veal lets the reader know the Tony is a great storyteller and that the book is in his words from these stories, but what he doesn't tell you is that the book feels like it has little to know editing. It often felt rambling, and long stretches are not much more than lis
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Nicholas
Jan 29, 2014 Nicholas rated it really liked it
Great book. Fun to read if you are a Tony Allen fan and familiar with his musical work. Book contains a few drumming tips, but his story is inspiring, at times funny, and also informative about afrobeat music.
Simon Sweetman
Nov 03, 2013 Simon Sweetman rated it liked it
a fairly boring read in the end, bit of a shame. The same things over and over and not a whole heap of insight. But then, as wonderful as he is as a player he is just a sideman really; always has been - and that's where his best work remains.
Hamish Elliott
Very interesting, I am now obsessed with afrobeat, occasionally the writing is a bit bland, but the subject matter made up for it.
Dave Pier
Mar 24, 2015 Dave Pier rated it liked it
Tony Allen is a great drummer, but rather dull as a memoirist. Veal's introduction is good though, and I learned more about the Nigerian music world during the time.
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Ace story of Tony's life and the Nigerian musical and political life in the 60s to 80s.
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