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On Drums... Stewart Copeland!

Stewart Copeland explores why drums are essential to modern popular music and how they remain, across the world, the consistent force behind musical evolution.

Stewart Copeland explores the drums as the founding instrument of popular modern music. Beats that travelled from Africa via New Orleans and across the world are the consistent force behind musical evolution.

Stewart plays with some of the most inspiring drummers of the last 50 years, including John Densmore of The Doors, Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Prince’s musical director Sheila E, New Order’s Stephen Morris and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. He goes dancing in New Orleans, builds his own bass drum pedal and checks out hot new bands on Santa Monica beach.

59 minutes

Last on

Fri 22 Oct 2021 23:50

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    The Police

    Message In A Bottle

  • 00:03

    Cozy Powell

    Dance With The Devil

  • 00:19

    Fats Domino

    Fat Man

  • 00:20

    Little Richard

    Tutti Frutti

  • 00:23

    Sandy Nelson

    Let There Be Drums

  • 00:23

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Give It Away

  • 00:26

    The Beatles

    Tomorrow Never Knows

  • 00:31

    The Doors, Ray Manzarek

    When The Music's Over

  • 00:33

    Jimi Hendrix

    Foxey Lady (Live At The Isle of Wight)

  • 00:34

    Jimi Hendrix

    All Along The Watchtower (Isle of Wight Festival 1970)

  • 00:37

    Led Zeppelin

    Communication Breakdown

  • 00:39

    Led Zeppelin

    Black Dog (Live)

  • 00:41

    The Temptations

    Ain't Too Proud To Beg

  • 00:43

    Marvin Gaye

    Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

  • 00:49


    Take On Me

  • 00:50


    Take On Me

  • 00:52

    The Human League

    Don't You Want Me

  • 00:52

    The Human League

    Don't You Want Me

  • 00:53

    New Order


  • 00:53

    The Human League

    Don't You Want Me


Role Contributor
Presenter Stewart Copeland
Director Nico Wasserman
Producer Nico Wasserman
Producer Nicky Lessware
Executive Producer Jez Nelson