Sonor leaks MD 2008 Readers Poll results

Ok .. well, maybe MD doesn’t care, but Sonor has posted the Modern Drummer 2008 Readers Poll results, and I must to say – I’m getting frustrated with these things.

It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: the mags write about artists who they think readers will like so the readers begin to like the people that the mags write about so the mags continue to write about artists readers will like so … *sigh.* These are the same names year-in and year-out, and it all seems a little in-bred to me. How else do you explain Neil Peart (whom I love and is one of my greatest influences) winning the rock and recorded performance category?! These polls seem more and more like drumming celebrity contests.

Bah! I’m worked up into a froth now. Nevertheless, here are the results thanks to the folks over at Sonor

HALL OF FAME
GINGER BAKER

2007: Jack DeJohnette
2006: Charlie Watts
2005: Stewart Copeland
2004: Mike Portnoy
2003: Simon Phillips
2002: Steve Smith
2001: Dennis Chambers
2000: Dave Weckl
1999: Roy Haynes
1998: Ringo Starr
1997: Terry Bozzio
1996: Vinnie Colaiuta
1995: Elvin Jones
1994: Larrie Londin
1993: Jeff Porcaro
1992: Max Roach
1991: Art Blakey
1990: Bill Bruford
1989: Carl Palmer
1988: Joe Morello
1987: Billy Cobham
1986: Tony Williams
1985: Louie Bellson
1984: Steve Gadd
1983: Neil Peart
1982: Keith Moon
1981: John Bonham
1980: Buddy Rich
1979: Gene Krupa

ROCK
NEIL PEART
2. Chad Smith
3. Stewart Copeland
4. Alex Van Halen
5. Jason Bonham

METAL
TOMAS HAAKE
2. Jason Bittner
3. Chris Adler
4. Derek Roddy
5. Joey Jordison

PUNK
TRAVIS BARKER
2. Josh Freese
3. Tré Cool
4. Brooks Wackerman
5. Gil Sharone

PROG
GAVIN HARRISON
2. Virgil Donati
3. Mike Portnoy
4. Danny Carey
5. Neil Peart

R&B/HIP-HOP
AHMIR “?UESTLOVE” THOMPSON
2. Aaron Spears
3. John Blackwell
4. Teddy Campbell
5. Gerald Heyward

TRADITIONAL R&B / FUNK
STEVE JORDAN
2. David Garibaldi
3. Bernard Purdie
4. Stanton Moore
5. Zoro

POP
KEITH CARLOCK
2. John Blackwell
3. Kenny Aronoff
4. Stewart Copeland
5. Teddy Campbell

JAM BAND
CARTER BEAUFORD
2. Stanton Moore
3. Billy Martin
4. Kris Myers
5. Joe Russo

TRADITIONAL JAZZ
PETER ERSKINE
2. Roy Haynes
3. Lewis Nash
4. Jeff Hamilton
5. Carl Allen

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
BRIAN BLADE
2. Jeff “Tain” Watts
3. Bill Stewart
4. Antonio Sanchez
5. Billy Kilson

FUSION
DAVE WECKL
2. Jojo Mayer
3. Dennis Chambers
4. Billy Cobham
5. Vinnie Colaiuta

STUDIO
VINNIE COLAIUTA
2. Josh Freese
3. Matt Chamberlain
4. Steve Gadd
5. Kenny Aronoff

COUNTRY
PAUL LEIM
2. Jim Riley
3. Dave McAfee
4. Chris McHugh
5. Eddie Bayers

WORLD MUSIC
HORACIO “EL NEGRO” HERNANDEZ
2. Dafnis Prieto
3. Airto
4. Antonio Sanchez
5. Trilok Gurtu

PERCUSSIONIST
ALEX ACUNA
2. Zakir Hussain
3. Luis Conte
4. Giovanni Hidalgo
5. Lenny Castro

UP & COMING
THOMAS PRIDGEN (The Mars Volta)
2. Gil Sharone (Dillinger Escape Plan)
3. Benny Greb
4. Dominic Howard (Muse)
5. Dan Weiss

ALL AROUND
VINNIE COLAIUTA
2. Steve Smith
3. Keith Carlock
4. Gregg Bissonette
5. Dennis Chambers

CLINICIAN
THOMAS LANG
2. Jojo Mayer
3. Dom Famularo
4. Virgil Donati
5. Billy Ward

EDUCATIONAL BOOK
RICH LACKOWSKI: ON THE BEATEN PATH (ALFRED)
2. Pat Petrillo: Hands, Grooves & Fills
3. Carmine Appice: The Ultimate Realistic Rock (35th anniversary edition)
4. Jim Payne: The Great Drummers Of R&B, Funk & Soul
5. Casey Scheuerell: Stickings And Orchestrations For Drumset

EDUCATIONAL DVD
JOJO MAYER: SECRET WEAPONS FOR THE MODERN DRUMMER
(Hudson Music)
2. Mike Portnoy: In Constant Motion
3. Marco Minnemann: The Marco Show
4. Billy Ward: Voices In My Head
5. Steve Smith/Adam Nussbaum: The Art Of Playing With Brushes

RECORDED PERFORMANCE
NEIL PEART-Rush: Snakes & Arrows
2. Gavin Harrison-Porcupine Tree: Fear Of A Blank Planet
3. Mike Portnoy-Dream Theater: Systematic Chaos
4. Jack DeJohnette-Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage
5. Roy Haynes: A Life In Times

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