Beneath the seemingly placid surface of American life in the early 1950s we find powerful cultural undercurrents.

In the middle of that decade those currents flow—loud and sudden—into the mainstream.
Rock ‘n’ Roll arrives: on radio and television, on a million jukeboxes, at drive-in movies and high school hops.

The unruly stepchild of country and blues: born into hard times, raised in the rural
south, educated on the mean streets of Memphis and Chicago.

It is simple music, an impassioned cry from the heart. At first. But before long, new elements
seep in: jazz, gospel, classical influences, and radical ideas from the avant-garde. Other
voices are heard: from across the Atlantic, from around the world.
By the mid-sixties, Rock ‘n’ Roll is the sound of change. Change in
how we hear ourselves—and how we hear each other.


Come the seventies and it’s a mature art form, with diverse influences.
Find the soul groove. Stay up late with the artsy angst of the New York scene.
Feel the heartbreak from the singer-songwriters.
So many ways to say it, play it, make the audience feel it. It’s a challenge:
Stay true to the roots, but take it further, make it sound brand new.
For that, you need deep contrasts and bold colors.

Across the decades, through the changes, for Rock ‘n’ Roll drummers
there was one constant. The pulse, the beating heart, the cadence
call of the march. You can still hear it. 
You can always feel it. 
The drama and the power, the color and the contrast, the quality
and reliability that can only come from a set of Avedis Zildjian Cymbals


Foreward by Richard Evans of the Rock N Roll Archeology Project
March 1937
Jo Jones and his timekeeping HiHats play along
with Count Basie, Walter Page and Freddy Green as
part of
“The All American Rhythm Section.”


July 1937
Gene Krupa records the legendary drum intro from
Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing
(With a Swing) with Benny Goodman.
September 1952
Drumming legends Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich
record Drum Battle: Jazz at the Philharmonic.


July 1963
Wrecking Crew drummer, Hal Blaine
records “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes.


February 1964
Ringo Starr and The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.


June 1966
The Rolling Stones are #1 on the U.S. Billboard
Hot 100 with the single “Paint it Black.”


November 1967
Cream with Ginger Baker on drums release Disraeli Gears
featuring hit song "Sunshine of Your Love."
June 1967
The Jimi Hendrix Experience with drummer, Mitch Mitchell
light up the Monterey International Pop Music Festival.


August 1969
The Woodstock Music & Arts Fair features
performances by legendary drummers such as

Bill Kreutzman (Grateful Dead), Levon Helm (The Band),
and Bobby Colomby (Blood Sweat & Tears).


January 1970
Chicago, featuring Danny Seraphine on drums,
breaks through with their second album
which includes three U.S. Top Ten singles.


August 1975
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band featuring
Max Weinberg on drums breaks out after 10 shows
at The Bottom Line in NYC.


February 1976
Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
reaches #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart,
featuring Steve Gadd on drums.


December 1979
The Clash featuring drummer Topper Headon release
the legendary album, London Calling.
March 1986
Lars Ulrich and Metallica release Master of Puppets
which remained on the Billboard 200 list for 72 weeks.
January 1992
Nirvana's Nevermind album, featuring
Dave Grohl on drums, became #1 on the
Billboard 200 chart.  Seattle grunge
officially goes mainstream.
March 1994
Soundgarden featuring Matt Cameron
on drums 
releases their fourth album
Superunknown which debuts as an
immediate #1 album in the U.S.