The Musician's Lifeline by Peter Erskine and Dave Black represents the combined opinions of the authors and their knowledge gained through their lives in music. In addition, it includes advice from 150 of the best musicians that the authors have the honor of knowing, who responded to seven simple questions about topics ranging from sight-reading to travel to general wisdom. The answers will surprise, inform, and confirm what you already know or completely contradict what you've been taught by others. This is a book you can read straight through in one sitting or jump around in . . . and always return to time and again. ©2019, 192 pages
About the Authors
Peter Erskine has played the drums for sixty years. He appears on over 700 albums and film scores, has written 12 books, has won 2 GRAMMY Awards, and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music. Over 50 albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He’s played with Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, among others, and has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Oslo, Helsinki, BBC, and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied with George Gaber at Indiana University. He is currently the Director of Drumset Studies at the University of Southern California, and continues to maintain a very active playing and recording career.
Dave Black received his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from California State University, Northridge. A prolific composer and arranger, more than 60 of his compositions/ arrangements have been published/recorded by several of the major music publishers. Many have been used as source/background music on numerous TV shows and movies, including the film Drumline. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including 26 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards, two GRAMMY participation/nomination certificates, the Percussive Arts Society President’s Industry Award, a Modern Drummer Readers Poll award, two Drum! Magazine Drummie! awards, and a certified Gold Record award for the sale of more than 500,000 copies of Alfred’s Drum Method, Book 1.As one of the biggest-selling percussion authors in the world, he is the author and/or co-author of over 30 books with combined sales now totaling over two million units.