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David Bowie and Pink Floyd Drummer Steve Forman Faces U.K. Deportation

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Steve Forman, a session drummer who has worked with such luminaries as Pink Floyd and David Bowie, is facing deportation from the U.K. According to Britain’s Home Office, he does not earn enough money to remain in the country.

Classic Rock reports that Forman’s annual salary as a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow is less than the £31,000 ($48,700) required under British law for foreign nationals. However, when combined with the royalties of his substantive body of work, his income is double that figure.

At a recent hearing to decide his fate, his defense lawyer, Fraser Latta, stated Forman’s case. “This is a person who is not only a teacher but also a person of value to the community,” he case. “This is not someone who is here for monetary reasons. He is not only a teacher for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – he is infused by life here. …This is a man who has had a considerable history of working with David Bowie, Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys and movie soundtracks such as ‘E.T.’ His enthusiasm for what he does drips out of him.”

Fans have created an online petition, which currently has more than 3,500 signatures, in the hopes that it will help keep him in Britain. The petition gives a partial discography of Forman’s work, which, in addition to records by Bowie and Pink Floyd, includes Don Henley‘s ‘I Can’t Stand Still,’ Glenn Frey‘s ‘The Allnighter’ and many albums by REO Speedwagon and Poco.

In 2010, a documentary of his life and career, ‘Some Kind of Drummer: The Steve Forman Story,’ was released. You can watch the trailer above.

A decision on Forman’s fate is expected in January.

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