Tom Stehlik picked up the sticks at 14 and has never dropped the beat since. With over 50 years behind a drum kit, he provides a unique perspective ‘from the drum stool’ on the contemporary music scene with vivid recollections of gigs, people, places, sounds and sights. From meeting Paul Kelly at university in Adelaide in the 1970s and playing in his first band; to touring Australia with Redgum in the 1980s; playing avante-garde music with quirky Adelaide bands such as Systems Go and Speedboat; gigging, touring and recording blues, rockabilly, jazz, country and psychedelic pop; playing at gigs ranging from audiences of three people and a dog to performing in front of thousands and through it all, Tom has never lost his passion for drumming. This book is in celebration of drummers, Tom Stehlik and his love of the beat, and each time he was asked to join a band his response: ‘Count me in!’
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