Welcome to Issue 17 of The Drummer’s Journal, your friendly neighbourhood drum magazine. For this issue, Mark Heron, drummer for an excellent but now sadly defunct Mancunian band called Oceansize, recounts his dependence on a prescription drug called OxyContin, and his subsequent recovery. Leah Shapiro of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club talks about what it’s like to need life-saving brain surgery only to find your medical insurance won’t pay for it. Bill Bruford of YES, King Crimson, and Genesis, discusses a time when his musical creativity deserted him, to the point where he completely lost the will to play. SNL’s Fred Armisen examines his lifelong infatuation with the drum set, and how it helped shape him into the award-winning comedian he is today. This and much more, inside.