Time Is Tight: My Life, Note by Note

Time Is Tight: My Life, Note by Note

by Booker T. Jones
Time Is Tight: My Life, Note by Note

Time Is Tight: My Life, Note by Note

by Booker T. Jones


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The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music.

From Booker T. Jones's earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes and played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons and support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios-all while still in high school. Not long after, he would form the genre-defining group Booker T. and the MGs, whose recordings went on to sell millions of copies, win a place in Rolling Stone's list of top 500 songs of all time, and help forge collaborations with some of the era's most influential artists, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave.

Nearly five decades later, Jones's influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story. Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical mecca.

Culminating with a definitive account into the inner workings of the Stax label, as well as a fascinating portrait of working with many of the era's most legendary performers-Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Tom Jones, among them-this extraordinary memoir promises to become a landmark moment in the history of Southern Soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316485609
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,170,026
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Booker T. Jones is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger. Best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s, he has worked with countless award-winning artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has earned a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. Along with the band, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Jones continues to record and tour international, both as a solo artist and as head of the "Booker T's Stax Revue."

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

1 His Eye Is on the Sparrow 7

2 'Cause I Love You 16

3 Precious Lord 27

4 Havana Moon 41

5 C Jam Blues 50

6 Green Onions 60

7 These Arms of Mine 71

8 Higher and Higher 85

9 Bootleg 97

10 B-A-B-Y 110

11 Born Under a Bad Sign 126

12 Time Is Tight 155

13 Melting Pot 191

14 Stardust 216

15 Don't Stop Your Love 240

16 The Cool Dude 254

17 I Believe in You 278

18 Representin' Memphis 295

Musical Phrases 309

Acknowledgments 315

Index 319

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