Every Night's a Saturday Night: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys

Every Night's a Saturday Night: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys

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Born in Slaton, Texas, Bobby Keys has lived the kind of life that qualifies as a rock 'n' roll folktale. In his early teens, Keys bribed his way into Buddy Holly’s garage band rehearsals. He took up the saxophone because it was the only instrument left unclaimed in the school band, and he convinced his grandfather to sign his guardianship over to Crickets… See more details below

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Born in Slaton, Texas, Bobby Keys has lived the kind of life that qualifies as a rock 'n' roll folktale. In his early teens, Keys bribed his way into Buddy Holly’s garage band rehearsals. He took up the saxophone because it was the only instrument left unclaimed in the school band, and he convinced his grandfather to sign his guardianship over to Crickets drummer J.I. Allison so that he could go on tour as a teenager.

Keys spent years on the road during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll with hitmakers like Bobby Vee and the various acts on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars Tour, followed by decades as top touring and session sax man for the likes of Mad Dogs and Englishmen, George Harrison, John Lennon, and onto his gig with The Rolling Stone from 1970 onward. Every Night's a Saturday Night finds Keys setting down the many tales of an over-the-top rock ‘n’ roll life in his own inimitable voice.

Augmented by exclusive contributions with famous friends like Keith Richards, Joe Crocker, and Jim Keltner, Every Night's a Saturday Night paints a unique picture of the coming-of-age of rock 'n' roll.

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Publishers Weekly
Bobby Keys was just 10 years old when he first heard live rock 'n' roll, courtesy of Buddy Holly and his crew playing on a flatbed truck for the opening of a gas station in sleepy Slaton, Tex. Fascinated by the new sound, Keys joined the school band and took up the only instrument left-a baritone sax. Soon, he was offered a spot touring with Buddy Knox. Too young to travel on his own, the drummer for The Crickets legally adopted Keys so he could tour. It was a prophetic start; Keys would go on to play with the likes of Joe Cocker, John Lennon, and The Rolling Stones, all of which is detailed in this eminently readable memoir. Tales of debauchery abound, including a stint in a Mexican jail, filling a bathtub with French champagne and a comely accomplice, riding shotgun as Keith Richards crashes a Ferrari into a hotel lobby, and many more. Richards is a recurring character in many of these tales, but he's more than a partner in crime; when Keys's substance abuse reaches its apogee, Richards pays for his friend's treatment. Though the wild stories make for a fun read, Keys's charming humanity and love of music make this rock 'n' roll bio stand out. Those looking for a behind-the-scenes story will find this to be an insightful, humble, and entertaining trip. Photos.
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Praise for Every Night's a Saturday Night

“…Keys's charming humanity and love of music make this rock ‘n' roll
bio stand out.”—Publishers Weekly

“It's not a tell-all, but it doesn't pull any punches. It's
laugh-out-loud funny, but it doesn't take cheap shots. It's searingly
honest…”—Michael Heaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Every Night's a great romp that is almost more of a history of modern
rock than it is a look at the life of Bobby Keys. That also makes it
an enjoyable and fascinating read for anyone who loves classic rock,
as well as for folks who grew up on the genre.”—Hank Gilman, Fortune.com

“His conversationally straight-shooting autobiography has its share of
saucy, on-the-road tales…But there’s also plenty of engrossing detail
on his rise through the ranks in the ‘60s tour bands…”—Richie Unterberger, Mojo

Library Journal
You can't help but enjoy this breezy memoir from a saxophone legend whose astounding career has spanned the history of rock 'n' roll. Touring with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars at 15 and recording for Elvis Presley before he was 20, Keys went on to play with the biggest stars of the classic rock era, including John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and, most famously, the Rolling Stones (he has been a fixture of their touring band since the early '70s). This no-holds-barred memoir is all about the music. Keys skimps on the personal details—he mentions in passing that he was married twice, but readers never even learn his wives' names—but he delivers on the stories of backstage excess and recording some of rock's most famous tracks. And Keys has seen (and, seemingly, played on) it all. His chatty approach reminds one of wild stories told over a beer—or two. Close friend Keith Richards supplies the foreword. VERDICT Recommended for readers interested in popular music and the music industry, particularly early rock 'n' roll, and the Rolling Stones.—Dave Valencia, Seattle P.L.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619020405
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
313,822
File size:
2 MB

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