The Carmine Appice Speaking Experience - The History of Rock
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the career of the legendary Carmine Appice. Carmine has broken new ground in every aspect of his career, as a performer, educator, songwriter, and music producer. Carmine set the foundation for heavy drumming, propelling the bands Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, and Beck Bogert Appice. He is a multi platinum songwriter having cowritten “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy,” “Young Turks” and other monster hits. He came up in the late 60’s when rock music was being pioneered by him and his peers Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Who.

As an educator Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book “Realistic Rock” - an award winning and best selling instructional book for 30 years.

With a long career full of achievements, Carmine is universally respected and revered for his technique, creativity, showmanship and business sense. Carmine shares his first hand knowledge of the creation of Rock music with an educational, enthralling multimedia presentation.


Carmine presents his analysis of the performers, his peers and friends, who pioneered rock music and what they did to leave a lasting legacy.

In depth discussions include Jimi Hendrix, for his use of effects and his showmanship. The Beatles for their unique songwriting, orchestral elements and instrumental ‘parts’. Jeff Beck for his ‘talking guitar” and for spearheading the guitar/lead vocal relationship, and Led Zeppelin for their use of dynamics. The contributions of Pink Floyd and Sly and the Family Stone are also included.

Carmine speaks on the development and impact of the playing and recording methods that were created through rock music. Topics include multi-track recording, echos, reverb, distortions, shifting phasing and WahWah pedals.

Also included are observations on the use of orchestras, album artwork as a marketing tool, and the breakthrough of electric keyboards and synthesizers. Carmine shares his experiences recording with Pink Floyd, Vanilla Fudge and Rod Stewart. Songs are played to illustrate the techniques discussed.

As an author, songwriter and producer Carmine speaks authoritatively on the importance of songwriting, publishing and copyrights. As a working musician his entire adult life, Carmine conveys the importance of developing and expanding your personal brand to diversify your revenue streams, and to keep you working.

Carmine also offers some unique and provocative insights into the role of the computer in music distributing, music creation, music marketing and music quality.