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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Best Seat In The House - Jerry Shirley's memoirsBest Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriot, Frampton and Humble Pie is the newly published memoir from Jerry Shirley.

In 1969, Shirley was chosen to drum in a new band led by Steve Marriot and Peter Frampton. He had just turned 17. Along with bassist Greg Ridley, and manager Dee Anthony, Humble Pie started a 6-year journey that stormed the US and defined Arena Rock - bigger sound, bigger contracts, and bigger parties. Along the way Jerry meets with future legends that make for a star-studded bio and rare glimpse into the rock music industry. Written in his own voice and with a wicked musician sense of humour, Jerry details the vibrant scene that created the explosive sound of heavy rock.

He explains how sessions were conducted by iconic engineers like Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer, describes his session work with Syd Barrett, John Entwistle, and George Harrison, and tells amusing tales like drum shopping with The Who's Keith Moon. For Syd, he played the drums on The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, and also took part in the well-known live performance at Olympia in June 1970. The book also features contributions from a number of musicians, including David Gilmour.

You can purchase the book now from Amazon UK,,, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.

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