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Neil Peart TCS Drum Book

UPDATE 3/15/2013: The book won a “Drummy” award from Drum! magazine this year! Thanks to all who voted for it.

UPDATED 2/7/13: The book is now available in both Kindle and iBooks format. For iPad, iPhone, and iPod users, search “Neil Peart” in the iBooks store and you will find the book!

My latest book, Neil Peart — Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance, is out now, and is available right here in my web store.  It is also available at, at the merchandise counters on Rush’s Clockwork Angels tour, most Guitar Center and Barnes & Noble locations, and of course on I feel that this book is one of the best things I have had the pleasure to work on so far in my writing/editing career. I have to acknowledge my good friends Rick Gratton (layout) and Willie Rose (music engraving) for their amazing work on it as well.

I am happy to sign copies for customers. (Unfortunately I can only offer copies signed by me, not Neil… sorry!) If you would like your copy signed, please include your instructions in the “Special Instructions” field in the web store.  Let me know if you want just a plain autographed copy or if I should sign it to someone. Here is some info about the book:

Hudson Music announces release of full-color retrospective/transcription book Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance, by Joe Bergamini with foreword by Neil Peart.

New York, NY (September 13, 2012) Hudson Music has announced the upcoming release of a new book about drumming legend Neil Peart, written by well-known drummer and writer Joe Bergamini. Neil Peart not only wrote the foreword for the book, but also supervised the project and provided additional factual editing. This book is the most complete retrospective on Neil’s career available in print today. Originally conceived as a companion to the groundbreaking 2011 three-disc DVD set of the same name, this book combines astonishingly detailed musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs to create a book that every drummer and every fan of Neil and Rush will want to add to their collection.

At the heart of the book are note-for-note musical transcriptions of 17 songs that are included on the Taking Center Stage DVD. These transcriptions are exclusive to this book, since they are taken from the performances on theDVD, documenting how Neil currently approaches the songs. Songs include, “Tom Sawyer,” “YYZ,” “The Spirit of Radio,” “Free Will,” “Subdivisions,” “Time Stand Still,” “Marathon,”  “La Villa Strangiato,” “The Trees,” “Caravan,” “BU2B,” “Far Cry,” and many others.

The book is divided into chapters corresponding to each and every Rush tour from the time Neil joined the band in 1974, up to the present. Each of these chapters contains extensive text discussing the musical approach of the band at the time, the construction of the drum parts, and Neil’s setup. Accompanying this are exquisitely detailed diagrams of each of Neil’s drum sets, produced after extensive research into the exact instruments that were used on every tour. Tying everything together are stunning photos taken over the past 30 years and color reproductions of just about every drum company advertisement that has featured Neil during his career.

“Working with Neil on the Taking Center Stage DVD was a dream come true, and this book, to me, is the true completion of the project,” says author (and Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor) Joe Bergamini. “I always wanted to do a coffee-table style book that would not only include drum transcriptions, but also include colorful photos, interesting text, and historical magazine covers and ads that documented Neil’s career. I designed the book with all Rush fans in mind (not just drummers), and I think they will enjoy reading and looking it at as much as I enjoyed working on it.”

Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance is the definitive print retrospective and musical documentation of the career of one of the most influential rock drummers of all time, Neil Peart of Rush.


  • Fifteen chapters devoted to Neil’s musical approach and equipment on every Rush tour since 1975
  • Note-for-note drum transcriptions of 17 songs taken from the Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live PerformanceDVD, including Rush classics like “Tom Sawyer,” “YYZ,” “The Spirit of Radio,” “Free Will,” “Subdivisions,” “Time Stand Still,” “Marathon,”  “La Villa Strangiato,” and many others.
  •  Detailed text from both Neil and author Joe Bergamini, explaining his equipment and his approach to the songs.
  •  Exclusive photos, some never before published, showing Neil and his drums in vibrant detail.
  • Detailed diagrams and explanations of all of Neil’s drum sets.
  • Other interesting images, such as Neil’s Modern Drummer® magazine covers and print advertisements from DW, Tama, Sabian, Ludwig, Pro-Mark, and Zildjian.
Neil Peart TCS Drum Book
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