Way Down: Playing Bass with Elvis, Dylan, the Doors and More - The Autobiography of Jerry Scheff

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(Book). In this candid and perceptive memoir of his 45-year career, bassist Jerry Scheff takes us onto Elvis's private jet, on tour with Bob Dylan, and into the studio with The Doors. A stalwart presence behind some of the greatest names of popular music, Scheff has also played with Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, the Association, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, and Nancy Sinatra, to name just a few. Eschewing hype, Scheff provides a behind-the-scenes perspective, from having worked sleeves rolled up, side by side, ...

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Overview

(Book). In this candid and perceptive memoir of his 45-year career, bassist Jerry Scheff takes us onto Elvis's private jet, on tour with Bob Dylan, and into the studio with The Doors. A stalwart presence behind some of the greatest names of popular music, Scheff has also played with Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, the Association, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, and Nancy Sinatra, to name just a few. Eschewing hype, Scheff provides a behind-the-scenes perspective, from having worked sleeves rolled up, side by side, with the great artists in their factories. The book opens with the TCB band's learning of the King's death while en route to a tour date, a pivotal moment for him, the rest of the band, and the world at large. He then proceeds on a nonlinear journey that mirrors the process of true life-reflection, from his roots in San Francisco to his touring all over the world. This is a tale of a man who has truly grown a career from a genuine love of music and of his instrument, proving how following that gift can bring a person to places beyond his wildest dreams. It is an exciting inside view of the evolution and craft and work of making rock and roll a must-have for true music craftsmen and music junkies in general.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617130328
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 499,356
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader 5

Chapter 1 The Last Tour 7

Chapter 2 Viva Las Vegas 12

Chapter 3 Into The Fire 23

Chapter 4 Longhorns 38

Chapter 5 Mia, Paula, And The Karate Chops 48

Chapter 6 The Jungle Room 60

Chapter 7 Boogie-woogie And The Tuba 65

Chapter 8 Sacramento Dreamin' 74

Chapter 9 Mistaken Identity 83

Chapter 10 Les Buie And The Bugle 89

Chapter 11 The Sergeant's Lady 102

Chapter 12 Back To California 129

Chapter 13 Paying My Dues 137

Chapter 14 The LA Plunge 146

Chapter 15 And Then … 156

Chapter 16 Another Dimension 165

Chapter 17 Green In The Big Apple 175

Chapter 18 The Sunn Amp 182

Chapter 19 Changing Of The Guard 197

Chapter 20 Cleaning Up 208

Chapter 21 Country Roads 214

Chapter 22 Convicts And Confederates 222

Chapter 23 The Trap 229

Selected Discography 234

Index 237

Acknowledgements 240

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