The Importance of drumming in society

BBC Learning Zone

# Description: Nick Topper Headon, drummer with The Clash, discusses the importance of drumming in his life. He battled a drug addiction for many years and since becoming drug-free he has taken up drumming again. Drumming is a primitive form of music and has been found to have a positive effect on mental and physical coordination, promoting a feeling of well being. The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health in Folkestone says the rest of the NHS should adopt drumming therapy to help patients with mental health and addiction problems. Topper discusses the drummer's role in a rock band and finishes with a virtuoso performance. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 10 February 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash. Designed for use in schools to introduce the idea of music therapy.

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