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Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie Paperback – August 15, 2011


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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Rebeats Press (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888408138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888408133
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author: Jerry Shirley (London) was Humble Pie's drummer throughout the group's entire career. From 1969 to 1975, the band had 3 gold records and played hundreds of tour dates. From 1986 to 1999 Shirley fronted a reformed Humble Pie in the US and also worked as a radio DJ in Cleveland, Ohio. Jerry stills plays out and currently performs with the Deborah Bonham Band.Editor: Jon Cohan (Boston) is a drummer, studio drum tech (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dropkick Murphys, Fall Out Boy), author (Zildjian: A History Of The Legendary Cymbal Makers, Star Sets, A Drummer's Almanac), magazine writer (DRUM!, Traps, Rhythm), drum consultant, and recovering drum maker. He writes a daily blog called All Things Loud.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Manney on December 8, 2011
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Wonderful stories of the great rock band Humble Pie and the late Steve Marriott! Humble Pie played the Spectrum in Philly a number of times but for me the best was at the Electric Factory in 1970 for their 1st Philly performance. Hats off to Jerry for his witty & candid memories of being on the road with the magical & best white British soul singer, Steve Marriott. Had the pleasure to meet the band backstage at the Spectrum in Philly-1973 via my good friend, Bob Kelly. Steve gave me a red guitar pick with Humble Pie - Steve printed in white... still have that in my collection. Thanks mate!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jet on January 3, 2012
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I was jazzed to read about one of my favorite bands from the 70's and Jerry did not disappoint. He comes across not only as a funny and quick-witted individual, but also as a humble person devoid of all the negative rock-star attributes. He also avoids writing a tawdry tell-all book, as he occasionally hints at some band member activities without going into gory details.

I've always lamented the lack of any full concert footage of the band in their heyday, and in the book we learn that a film crew was scheduled to document them in Japan during the "Eat It" tour, but never showed up! The band and management were so deep into drugs at the time that their reaction was "oh well" and a shrug of the shoulders.

Understandably, a good deal of the book deals with the joy and frustration of dealing with the complex personality of Steve Marriott, although I would have liked to read a bit more about Greg and Clem. I deduct a star from the rating because the photos, while interesting, are barely the size of a postage stamp!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Zachary, Jr. on November 1, 2011
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A credible book by someone who's lived it. Jerry Shirley tells it like it is during the boom times of the '70's British invasion of the 1970's--from his unique perspective, Shirley tells a story of becoming a Rock legend at the young age of 16. Jerry tells of his joining a band with Peter Frampton and the often mercurial Steve Marriott--from playing to 250,000 people in Hyde Park to a sold out Shea Stadium and Madison Square Garden. Humble Pie epitomized what has come to be known as Stadium Rock--touring constantly and signing one of the first multi-million dollar record deals. Humble Pie helped write the model for what became the standard party-central routine that defined an era--Humble Pie earned a fortune--they spent a fortune. To quote Jerry Shirley, "We ended up with some brilliant memories of the greatest times of our lives." This is the story of those times--a great read with a lot of insight from someone who experienced what some may call, "The Greatest Age of Rock 'n Roll."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By humbled mac on September 10, 2012
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Thank you Jerry Shirley for sharing your story of Humble Pie! It is a shame that the history of this great band has been off the radar for so long. A fun read, "Best Seat" follows the rise and fall of the hardest rockin' band in show business, and Shirley tells his tale with humor, honesty, and gratitude. Rock on! Also check out epic Pie albums Smokin', Rockin' the Fillmore, and Rockin' the Winterland, and Small Faces: Ultimate Collection. Essential listening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John H. Chaffer on October 18, 2012
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If you are a drummer or working musician -you need to buy this fantastic book.Jerry nails it...straightforward with no whining-just the real deal....best money you will ever spend -then go out and get all Small faces/Humble Pie you can-the Cds/records are out there..

I love it...
Period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Schmidt on January 28, 2013
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I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Humble Pie, or saw them play or heard their music - or is a fan of Peter Frampton or Steve Marriot...Jerry Shirley is a great drummer who stayed in it start to finish and the book is well written and interesting. I don't know what else to add...buy it and read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tuck on January 4, 2013
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I saw The Pie many times (pre and post Frampton) and they go down as one of my favs. This book is a brilliant story of the rise and fall of a brilliant band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morten hassel on July 27, 2013
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just loved reading it,,the full story of my favourite band at that time, the ups and downs of the Steve Marriott that I was not aware of. Well written!
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