"I don't know if my love of drums was inspired by American Indians … but there is no doubt that from an early age I firmly believed that I was an Indian and had been born into the wrong family. I bought a toy drum for a dollar while on vacation at age 4 and proceeded to torture my parents by cranking "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley all day while I watched myself play it in the mirror."Linda Pitmon started learning rudiments and how to read music in school at age eight but never had the opportunity to play a drum kit until she was 21. Asked for her current influences Linda answers:
"My influences are many and varied but I'll name a few here for you: Ringo Starr (The Beatles), for making the most eccentric parts seem like a logical choice and f or the sense of humor in his playing. He seems to be completely underrated by many musicians. Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention/Richard Thompson), for his restraint and use of space. He says more with what he doesn't play. I also like his glasses. Kenny Jones (The Small Faces/The Faces/The Who), for embodying the abandon and passion of mod drumming. It's too bad The Who decided to rein him in after he replaced Keith Moon. Perhaps they thought his style would be irreplaceable. I would've let him have a go. Zigaboo Modelist (The Meters), for making my booty move and making me hungry. Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo), for knowing how to propel song, play a groove and sing great while looking really cool." (main source: drummergirl.com)
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