By Andy Doerschuk Published October 18, 2010
I have a particularly soft spot in my heart for Hollywood’s venerable Professional Drum Shop. In 1980, my hi-hat pedal broke during my first couple weeks in Los Angeles, so I took it to the Pro Drum Shop to get it fixed. Walking in the door I was greeted by owner Stan Keyawa, who asked what I needed. I showed him my broken pedal, which he took to the store’s small repair table and fixed with a few hammer strokes. When I asked how much I owed him, he handed me the pedal and said, “Ahh, don’t worry about it.” I because a loyal customer from that point forward, as have legions of drummers — both famous and amateur — who couldn’t resist the rich old-school flavor of this historic drumming landmark. Now the store has released a DVD documentary entitled Professional Drum Shop’s 50 Years, which takes the viewer on a journey through Hollywood’s recording and drumming industry, with rare film clips, pictures, stories, and interviews with some of the most famous and influential drummers of our time, including Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner, Joe Porcaro, Emil Richards, Jake Hanna, and Remo Belli. Believe me, this story begged to be told. For more information call 323-469-6285 or go here.