Way Down

"Way Down: Playing Bass with Elvis, Dylan, the Doors and More - The Autobiography of Jerry Scheff" is the TCB bassist's new book to be released in March 2012.

... "In this candid and perceptive memoir of his 45-year career, bassist Jerry Scheff takes us onto Elvis's private jet, on tour with Bob Dylan, and into the studio with the Doors. A stalwart presence behind some of the greatest names of popular music, Scheff has also played with Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, the Association, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, and Nancy Sinatra, to name just a few.

Eschewing hype, Scheff provides a behind-the-scenes perspective, from having worked sleeves rolled up, side by side, with the great artists in their factories. The book opens with the TCB band's learning of the King's death while en route to a tour date, a pivotal moment for him, the rest of the band, and the world at large. He then proceeds on a nonlinear journey that mirrors the process of true life-reflection, from his roots in San Francisco to his touring all over the world.

This is a tale of a man who has truly grown a career from a genuine love of music and of his instrument, proving how following that gift can bring a person to places beyond his wildest dreams. It is an exciting inside view of the evolution and craft and work of making rock and roll - a must-have for true music craftsmen and music junkies in general."

From Backbeat Books 256 pages - March 27, 2012 - no cover picture avilable as yet,
 

Source: Elvis Information Network / Updated: Sep 24, 2011
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Mark S. (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 26, 2011report abuse
This is going to be a great read. I was fortunate enough to one chapter a year ago, I guess. Jerry is a fantastic storyteller!
snowplow floater, Jerry DID work with Jerry Lee Lewis on the “Great Balls Of Fire” movie soundtrack.
You Dont Know Me (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 26, 2011report abuse
Look forward to reading this book!~
snowplow floater (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 24, 2011report abuse
This will go down as one of the most important memos in Rock 'n' Roll history. Talk about 'Bringing it all back Home'. I was once asked to name my favourite bass player and proof was required, i sent back Jerry playing bass on 'Polk salad Annie', from 'An afternoon in the Garden", fan footage. To think Jerry worked with Bob and Jimbo , pity he never played Bass with"The Killer', then my list of music's truly great innovaters would be complete. Jerry Lee would share number one with Elvis or at least a measly number two. Jerry could have named this book 'I played bass on LA Woman' or 'I hung with Zimmy' but he called it 'way Down', its gonna be a best seller, no matter which camp, you are loyal to, i am loyal to all four.
vinny (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 24, 2011report abuse
I agree with Lefty, look forward to this release and one for my birthday list. Thats to go along with my Elvis tour ticket for Manchester England as well
Lefty (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 24, 2011report abuse
It will be interesting to read Scheff's perspective on Elvis. I'm grateful that this book isn't being marketed as another one of those cheesy "secrets revealed by Elvis' closest friend" things. I hate that crap!

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