107. THE RISE OF JIM GORDON, THE GREATEST DRUMMER OF ALL TIME...AND A SCHIZOPHRENIC WHO KILLED HIS OWN MOTHER
All Things Must Pass. Derek & The Dominoes. You’re So Vain. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys.
Maybe you haven’t heard his name, but you’ve definitely moved to the rhythm his hands beat out unerringly for years.
In this episode, rock scribe and Jim Gordon biographer JOEL SELVIN talks in-depth with Discograffiti about both the greatest and most tragic drummer of all time, JIM GORDON.
Episode One focuses on Jim’s meteoric rise through and conquering of the 1960s and ‘70s pop/rock universe. Joel Selvin talks with Discograffiti about:
- The convoluted process by which Jim brought the piano coda to Layla, renowned for its use at the end of GoodFellas;
- The tune Jim laid down in 1974 that wound up as the most sampled drum break in history;
- And the ways in which Jim managed his schizophrenia that allowed him to move about undetected amidst the highest levels of the era’s rock aristocracy.
NEXT FRIDAY: PART 2, THE TRAGIC FALL OF JIM GORDON.
- Official 3 hr+ “Drums & Demons” Jim Gordon Spotify playlist curated by Joel Selvin himself: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7aIHh3DwJ4coua93fbXSYs?si=3EP019M2SZOO9j0cLynXeA
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