"Finally, after 200 issues, I know why I never got rid of my old Slagwerkkrant collection. Without it, I would have never guessed that my first contribution was an article on low budget drum sets in their December '84/January 85 edition, or that my first interview was a three-headed article featuring Peter Erskine, Bernard Purdie and Ed Blackwell, talking about whether you should play what they want you to play, or just play what you want. I simply forgot.
What I did not forget were their messages. Neither did I forget what I learned from talking to people like Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Elvin Jones, Steve Gadd, John Engels, Trilok Gurtu and the dozens of other artists I had the privilege of meeting through this great magazine. It was a ball to hear their stories and, more importantly, to be able to share them. Happy to still be part of the team, after some thirty-plus years!
- Hugo Pinksterboer
Former Editor in Chief and publisher and writer of The Tipbook series
Author of The Cymbal Book"
"Slagwerkkrant 200 is the 154th edition for me. My first assignment as an intern in 1991 was an interview with Danny Sahupala in #46 - with Gene Hoglan on a pink cover. I just never left and became an author, editor and editor in chief in 2002.
Working on this anniversary issue with 'The 200 Best Drum Tips Ever,' was a party. Compiling the tips made me go through all the older editions and that is when you find the most hilarious things: like the test of my son's drum toy in issue 96, just to prang test editor Dennis Boxem and editor in chief Hugo Pinksterboer. Perhaps not that interesting this kind of nostalgia, but it reminds me that writing and reading about drums and drumming never ever gets boring!"
- Bouke Bijlsma
Final editor Slagwerkkrant
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