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Every Night's a Saturday Night: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys Hardcover – February 28, 2012

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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,

“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

About the Author

Bobby Keys has been an in-demand session and touring saxophone player since the 1950s. He has toured and recorded with the Rolling Stones since 1970, and has played on record or onstage with Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly's Crickets, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Warren Zevon, and Sheryl Crow, among countless others. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; F First Edition edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582437831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582437835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Boomerocity on April 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've got to interview lots of artists. As of this writing, I've conducted close to ninety interviews. The most fun are the kinds of interviews are the ones where the person is just rattling off story after story about their life and the people they've associated with over their careers. What is even more enjoyable is when those conversations are relaxed and folksy - without pretense or an uppity attitude.

One such person that I've recently interviewed is Bobby Keys, saxophonist for the Rolling Stones. To paraphrase what I wrote in that interview (visit, he's folksy and as country as cornbread - my kind of people! Bobby's a great guy to chat with and one of the most fun guys I've had the privilege of interviewing.

You might not be able to interview Bobby Keys yourself but I can offer you the next best thing: His autobiography, Every Night's A Saturday Night. Easy to read and very natural, you get the feel that you're sitting in Keys' family room, sipping on iced tea as he regales you with tales of his life as one of the go-to sax players in rock and roll. Because of who all he's worked with, I refer to him as the Forest Gump of Rock and Roll. When you read Saturday Night, you'll see what I'm talking about.

You'll read about the whole, complete story about his fabled bath in a tub of Dom Perignon. You read some very interesting stories about his friendship with John Lennon and his work with George Harrison and hanging with Harry Nilsson. You'll read about his tours with Joe Cocker as well as Delaney and Bonnie. He tells of his meetings with Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn S. Ollila on March 13, 2012
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This enthralling book takes us on a rambunctious, wild ride through the history of rock 'n' roll from the perspective of singular sax man, Bobby Keys. His inimitable life story includes a riveting account of the making of many rock classics and a behind-the-scenes look at too many great moments and legendary musicians to name. From the earliest days of rock history with Buddy Holly in West Texas, through Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars, to the high times of 60's and 70's LA, New York and London, Keys played with everyone from Elvis, Eric Clapton, and Joe Cocker to George Harrison, John Lennon and most notably the Rolling Stones. A first-person account of the making of Exile on Main Street on the French Riviera is a notable highlight. This book is a look back at an incredible life from a guy who is still out there making inspired music today. A great read for lovers of rock music, pop culture, the great musicians of the past fifty years, and anyone who loves a good story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Surferofromantica on April 25, 2014
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A great story about Mr Bobby Keys, from Slaton, in the north part of Texas (population in 2010 – 6,100), just outside Lubbock, Texas (population in 1960, when Keys left there – 128,000), who was born on the same day as Keith Richards (December 18th, 1943) and raised by his grandparents, his grandmother murdered one day later on by her grandfather who got away with it, who grew up with the Crickets before they were famous, got into trouble, picked up the saxophone and just blew!!!

Of course he talks about getting into trouble as a teen, joining his first shows, joining his first tours, leaving Texas for the first time, and never looking back; he seems to have had a reasonably good childhood, not sure why he was so anxious to leave Texas behind, and he doesn’t get into it. And like so many other rock ‘n’ rollers, he got his first taste of rock ‘n’ roll full blast watching Blackboard Jungle in 1955 when he was 12 years old, which featured the music of Bill Haley and the Comets, and he started listening to music compulsively from then on.

But people were against rock ‘n’ roll, as it was considered the devil’s music. “All sorts of things were attributed to rock ‘n’ roll.” On an early Buddy Knox tour he went across Canada, from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia “with every little jerk town in between, and there are a lotta jerk towns in Canada.”

He lived in some interesting times, and he lived through some interesting times. For one three-week period he was a getaway driver for a guy who was a hustler at pool, but that got dangerous and people who’d been ripped off started shooting at them as they peeled out (“I will never set foot in the town of Mankato, Minnesota, again for as long as I live”, he writes – I wonder if his book will be sold there!).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ralph on May 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Definitely not a tell all book. Nobody should be offended.
Enjoyed the stories about how he came to be the Stones Sax guy. Interesting to see the progression from Texas session guy to #1 sax player of choice.
But so much ground not covered. Given all the family background covered earlier, he eludes to 'being married at the time', here and there. No idea if the same woman - how/why he married, how the rock life impacted his marriage/family.
Just a lot of - there were a lot of girls - but other than a champagne bath no details, almost as if that was 'off limits'.
Did not learn a lot. Did make me want to check out some of the bands he played with.
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