Book signing with JULES FOLLETT, Author of Sticks 'n' Skins

Discover the heartbeat of music in this 560-page coffee table book illuminating the eclectic world of drumming over the past 70 years. Fotos By Folletts photographers traveled to over 53 cities and photographed over 500 drummers to be included in the pages of this captivating hardback.

Dedicated to the late drumming photographer Lissa Wales, Sticks ‘n’ Skins will open with a special tribute to her work. Well known to the drumming community, Lissa was a trailblazer in her field, specializing in capturing the heart and soul of drummers around the world. (To learn more about Lissa, please visit DrumPics.com.)

The first of its kind, Sticks ‘n’ Skins features never-before-seen photos and stories of legendary artists including Louie Bellson (Benny Goodman), Steve Gadd (Barbra Streisand), Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan), Hal Blaine (Elvis Presley), Ginger Baker (Cream), Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones), Stefanie Eulingberg (Kid Rock), Uriel Jones (The Motown Funk Brothers), Jack Bruno (Tina Turner), David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Anton Fig (Late Night with David Letterman), Nigel Olsson (Elton John), Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan), and many more.

Sticks ‘n’ Skins not only provides visual inspiration with its stunning photos but also preserves the legacy of the diverse and unique drumming community. Sure to become a music lover’s collector’s item, this extraordinary book offers an opportunity for fans young and old to see a new side of the biggest names in music history. "This book documents our drumming history, thus preserving our talents and our reasons for why we do what we do for future generations to feel. It is a compelling and moving glimpse into the drumming community" -Dom Famularo, Drumming's Global Ambassador.

“I have been privileged and blessed to have met and photographed this amazing group of musicians….the drummers,” says author Jules Follett. “I thank them all for helping me capture their talent, energy and passion visually.”


GARY ASHER - Drum Collector, Teacher, and Performer

Born on April 4th, 1964, Gary Asher has spent almost his entire life as a drummer, teacher and drum collector. Currently residing in Birmingham, Alabama, Asher credits his father who was a drummer in the Army Air Corps as his inspiration. His first job out of high school was at Nuncie's Music, which evolved into near 25-year career as General Manager and buyer. It was there he met his wife in 1984 when she came looking for a cowbell for her own drum set.

As a collector, he has traveled worldwide adding to his impressive drum collection. Obtaining one set a month for 35 years, he now owns drums signed by Ringo Starr and Buddy Rich and kits from Fleetwood Mac and Heatwave. His drums have appeared in movies such as That Thing You Do and Drumline: And perhaps the most personal, the set of Ludwig's his father played in the 1950's.

Although Asher is proud of his unique collection, what really excites him is teaching. In 1982 he founded Drum School, where he began instructing the over 3000 students ages 4 to 87 who have been through his three-month course. Somehow Asher still finds the time to play with his wife at church weekly and professionally in his three bands, Lamp Lighters, The Larry Russo Trio, and Gary Asher and Friends and to recently serve as the Partnership Development Director for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization. He has donated over 100 drum sets to numerous charities over the years and attributes all of his blessings to the joy of drumming. "I am so grateful and thankful for every one I have met, every place I have visited," says Asher. "My goal for the next 45 years is to own every drum and teach everyone to play."

-- Bart Elliot, DRUMMER Cafe www.drummercafe.com

Gary has built the worlds largest drum collection, including 300 sets, and 700 snares.

For more information about Gary, go to Gary's website: www.drumschool.com

Drummer Cafe founder, Bart Elliott interviews Gary Asher during the 2009 Southern Drum Show. Gary is notated as having the largest, private drum collection in the world; over 300 drum kits and 635 snare drums. In this interview, Gary shares his latest acquisitions; two replicas of the 1928 Ludwig Gold Triumphal snare drums. (There are only seven original ones accounted for, according to the Curotto Collection.) With a hand-engraved 24-karat-gold-plated brass shell, this 100th Anniversary snare drum retails for $10,900.

Jack Lawton - Lawton Drum Company

Jack Lawton is the proprietor of the Lawton Drum Company, located in Sunbury Pennsylvania. In a relatively short period of time, Jack has accomplished himself as one of the premier drum builders and vintage repair craftsmen in the country. He also has the distinction of being known as the guy that commissioned and coordinated the production of the replica 'Top Hat and Cane' drum covering in 1999. Lawton Drum then wrapped the snare drum shells for the Ludwig 90th Anniversary issue drums.

Besides a busy schedule of performances and drum students, Jack is also the Director of The Pennsylvania Vintage Drum Show. In it's 16th year, it is the second - longest running drum show in the country, and this year's show is scheduled for October 30th, 2010. Click here to visit Jack's website, www.lawtondrum.com

Jack Scarangella

"After listening to 'The Hero In Us All,' my first thought was that it should be a Broadway show... Congratulations Jack on a wonderful project, and thank you for including Buddy... because he really was a hero, wasn't he! Much Love,"
Marie Rich

"It's difficult for me to put into words, the feelings that I have for Jack. He has been many things to me over the last 14 years. Most importantly...a friend. Unfortunately, we met during a time in both our lives that was devastating. Jack made me laugh when laughter was the furthest thing from my mind, and for that I will always love him! His dedication to this project knows no limits, and the results are nothing less than amazing! This is proof that if you can dream it, you can do it! Commitment, dedication, and above all...love!"
Cathy Rich