When the Drummers Were Women

When the Drummers Were Women

A Spiritual History of Rhythm

Book - 1997
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In this long-awaited, lavishly illustrated book, drummer Layne Redmond presents an empowering narrative history of the sacred drum in the ancient Goddess civilization, using her extensive collection of images gathered during more than five years of research and travel in the Mideast and Europe. 80 photos & drawings.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780609801284
Branch Call Number: 291.2082 RED
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.


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Jun 16, 2017

I am a non-religious male drummer, and I loved this book. I am drawn to explore the masculine and feminine throughout history, and this book was the ideal entry point to that story of humanity from a female perspective. _When the Drummers Were Women_ is an approachable read, set in the style of a cultural anthropology overview and exhibiting an impressive depth of knowledge and contextual understanding. Layne Redmond offers a personal tone that often pulls from her own insights without overextending or being overbearing. Layne Redmond's book is well-rounded and well researched (I found that outside reviewers pointed out very few historical inaccuracies). This is in my top 5 recommended reads for anyone interested in broadening their historical perspective on western culture, music, spiritual heritage, and especially what happened to make feminine energy take a backseat around the world.

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