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Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie Paperback – Oct 1 2011

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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Rebeats Press (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888408138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888408133
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,830 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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The titles says it all. A "fly-on-the-wall" look at the history of Humble Pie from drummer Jerry Shirley. A great read . . . well written and full of great detail. A glimpse into one of the best pure rock and roll bands to ever come out of Britain.
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By Shel North on Nov. 8 2013
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excellent history of one awesome band....jerry Shirley is one of the most down to earth rockers there is, told with honesty and humour....well done jerry!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Puts the "humble" in Humble Pie Jan. 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!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Road Warrior's of the '70's Nov. 1 2011
By Robert W. Zachary, Jr. - Published on
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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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Great stories about Humble Pie & Steve Marriott Dec 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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Who knew drummers could write? Sept. 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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The Sad Tale of Shakey Steve July 26 2014
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I am quite happy to have read this book. It isn't a literary masterpiece, but it is certainly something I've been looking to read for decades. I loved Humble Pie, and I still listen to their music on a regular basis. In the early 1970s, Humble Pie was THE band to see live. They were better live than the Stones, Zeppelin, the Who, you name it. Their albums lacked a bit behind those other bands, but their stage performances were unbeatable. To be able to read how the band was formed, why Peter Frampton left, and how the band disintegrated was very interesting and satisfying. Best Seat in the House does get repetitive, particularly when talking about drug use, but all of the information in between is fabulous. I read a lot of rock and roll memoirs, bios, and picture/bio/coffee table books, and this one stands right up there with the best of them. What it lacks in viewable pictures, it makes up in stories. Imagine being 16 and playing drums for Humble Pie! What a way to start a career. On the other hand, this book is not just about drumming for Peter Frampton and Steve Marriott, it's about the demise of Steve Marriott. Jerry Shirley goes into great detail about what happened to Humble Pie and who he felt was at fault. Make no mistake about it, had Peter Frampton not left Humble Pie, the Pie would have gone on to be one of the biggest bands in rock and roll history. The reasons he left Humble Pie are the same reasons Humble Pie failed: Steve Marriott. Marriott is easily one of the best singers, ever, but he was as selfish and ego driven, yet insecure, as anyone in rock and roll, and he destroyed what could have been the second coming. Humble Pie had all of the ingredients to become another Led Zeppelin or Rolling Stones, possibly even better. It just didn't happen. Thanks for the book, Jerry. Thanks a bunch. Now, if we could get Peter Frampton to write his autobiography.............