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TO M TOM T HE M ISSION
P O L I S H D R U M M E R T E N I Ł O W CA J E L E N I BY KA JA KO C H N O W I C Z
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This issue is focused on the Rebel. The rule breaker. The non-conformist out of the box thinker. If you are a female drummer, a feminist, a social activist or you are just reading this magazine, chances are pretty high that you already fall into that category. And you are in good company, as I feel most of us who work on putting the magazine together and the folks we feature are pretty darn rebellious. I am not sure when it was that I became aware of the fact that I was a rebel. Being from an immigrant family, nothing in my life ever seemed to quite fit in. By the time I was conscious of the fact that me and my family were different, it was too late. I was already in my pre-teens and committed to doing whatever I wanted and however I felt like it. Music’s origin has been fraught with rebellious characters like us. Drums have been the foundation for many a riot, protest, war and revelry. In this issue we
highlight more risk takers like Gina Shock from The Go Go’s and Fay Milton of UK’s leading band, Savages. We dip through Brooklyn to check in with break out groups TEEN, Habibi and The Suzan and stop off in Los Angeles to talk to Alicia Warrington who just picked up a gig touring with Kate Nash. We go behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil’s newest show Amaluna to uncover one of the sickest drummers we know, Didi Negron and we get to go backstage with Kris Ramos, the newest member of one of NYC’s longest running off Broadway shows, STOMP. To quote Angela Smith from her newest book entitled Women Drummers, “ Viola Smith: Think it over boys. Sometimes the best man for the job isn’t. Drums and Rebellion,
Mindy Seegal Abovitz Founder/Editor-in-Chief TO M TOM MA GA Z INE