Launch of the Phil Seamen Book

Launch of the Phil Seamen Book

Here it is at last, Phil Seamen’s story. From his first early years in Burton on Trent to his untimely death in Old Paradise Street, London. Fully researched, the book charts the born raver’s life in music who left us all too soon. But remains, the greatest jazz drummer this country has ever produced.

Wednesday 12th October saw the worldwide and national launch of a biography, Phil Seamen ‘Percussion Genius’, by Derbyshire author Peter Dawn.

The event, hosted at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Club was attended by drummers, other musicians, media, jazz enthusiasts and international guests. It saw the culmination of a decades work by Peter, into the life of Britain’s drumming legend.

Phil Seamen was born in Burton on Trent where the author also originates from.

The launch date was set as it was 50 years since Phil died and acclaimed people have said:

“He was Britain’s greatest jazz drummer”. Ronnie Scott

“When Phil played me his African records it opened up a whole new world and changed my playing overnight. He saved me 20 years in 3 months”. Ginger Baker - Cream

“Phil had a unique personality and an incredible kind of graveyard humour”. Pete Brown – Lyricist & Poet

“He made a pact with the devil, and it killed him”. Jon Hiseman - Colosseum

The book, Edited by former Melody Maker Features Editor Chris Welch and with a Foreword penned by the late Charlie Watts, this 750-page epic, contains over 300 photographs documenting Phil’s life. During the evening Peter (the author) signed copies.

For more information go to or contact:

The author at or 01283 222533

Media enquiries & Images - David Agnew at or 01283 510000

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