Gearhead: How Gene Krupa Kicked the Drum Kit into the Jazz Age

The legend took the drum kit from "contraption" to classic

Gene Krupa at the 400 Restaurant in New York, June 1946. (photo: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress)


New-Neu New-Neu

Trendy alt-spelling and interesting color schemes like Skyline Blue (pictured) aside, Ludwig’s new USA NeuSonic drums are designed for “the drummer looking for reliability and performance for every working professional setting.” The six-ply crossover shell design uses a maple exterior over a cherry interior, a 45-degree bearing edge, and modern assembly techniques that optimize tone and response.

Three-piece shell pack $1,537 MSRP  ludwig-drums.com

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.