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Planet Drum: A Celebration Of Percussion And Rhythm

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Mickey Hart's dazzling companion to his bestselling Drumming at the Edge of Magic is a captivating chronicle of our global fascination with drums and the primal rhythms and spells of percussion, dramatically illustrated with 350 photographs and illustrations, 200 in full color.ra tour.
Published August 1st 1998 by Acid Test Productions (first published January 1st 1991)
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Mar 02, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it
Loads of cave drawings, paintings, and photographs, each captioned with detailed descriptions and a synopsis of the history that applies. The evolution of the drum's use, from religious to war to celebration, sometimes combinations of two or more.

Descriptions of the making of drums, the types of trees and hides that best suit the purpose (although human hides are rare anymore), the preparation of certain types of drums before a large ceremony. Even inventions of certain types, like the traps, a
Oct 11, 2008 Dorothea rated it liked it
Not nearly as good as the album.
In this, the follow-up and companion to Drumming at the Edge of Magic , Grateful Dead percussionist Hart and his collaborators artfully arrange excerpts, extracts, and images from the previous volume's primary source material. Planet Drum draws on many of the same graphic design principles as its contemporaries in the Time-Lifen Mysteries of the Unknown series, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but in the case of this book it means that there is oftentimes too much unused space on the page. ...more
Oct 28, 2008 Gary rated it it was amazing
Mickey Hart is an amazing percussionist, and has done much to educate the world on the healing power of rhythm and drumming. This book is full of fascinating facts about drums across the world, and the nature of rhythm, such as the law of entrainment. It's heavily illustrated, so you get to see what the drums look like, and he connects the drums to their cultural context. Their is also a CD by the same name, which features some of the instruments in the book.
David Ward
Planet Drum: A Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm by Mickey Hart (Acid Test Productions)(780.9+/-) provides a Grateful Dead drummer's perspective on the societal interest in drumming and rhythm as well as a view of the Grateful Dead experience from the drummers' seat. My rating: 7/10, finished 1/1/1998.
I read this because of my liking of the Grateful Dead. It, however, was a very interesting read. My interest in music spread in part due to this book.
Apr 27, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing
Use of percussion in cultures throughout the world, including pre-literate. Wonderful color illustrations and photographs.
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