911 Love: Jimmy Chamberlin
The drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins rock band loves the classic from Zuffenhausen.
Jimmy Chamberlin began playing drums at the age of nine. Fifteen years later, in 1988, he became a founding member and drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins rock band. Their Siamese Dream album is considered a milestone in rock history. Following some solo projects, Chamberlin returned to the band and is one of the creators of their 2018 reunion album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. This fifty-six-year-old American has another passion beyond music—sports cars from Zuffenhausen. He currently drives a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.
What is love?
How are you?
How would you describe the Porsche 911 in a nutshell?
Consistent evolution, unmistakable identity, unmatched performance, timeless beauty.
Which very simple things can make you very happy?
Cooking breakfast for my kids.
What would you never do in a 911?
Play the radio louder than the engine.
What’s your favorite road?
What can distract you?
Three things you would take to a deserted island?
iPod, Kindle, oatmeal cookies.
Whom or what do you admire?
Anyone or anything that is pushing the limits.
What on a 911 could you do without?
And what couldn’t you?
What music did you wake up to this morning?
Bill Evans—Live at the Village Vanguard.
Your favorite film?
Ronin by John Frankenheimer.
Your favorite book?
Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama.
Your latest social media post?
A photo of one of my cats.
Your most treasured possession?
Coffee or tea?
The 911 moment of your life?
When I bought my 3.6 Turbo—in 1994.
Your best advice?
What would no one expect of you?