Time Is Tight: My Life, Note by Note (英語) ハードカバー – 2019/10/29
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The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music.
One of the Oakland Press's Best Music Books of the Fall
"Booker T. Jones composed some of the finest music of the last century, and now he's given us one of the finest music books of this one."―Wall Street Journal
"Wonderfully perceptive, generous, and open-hearted memoir."―New York Journal of Books
"Vivid and thoughtful."―Memphis Flyer
"Booker T. is a great producer, a great musician, and a great friend. Those three 'greats' together pretty much let you know how I feel about Booker. He and I worked together on many projects, all were fun-just like this book, which is as joyful to read as Booker's music is to listen to."―Willie Nelson
"Booker T. will forever be known as the Booker T. from Booker T. and the MGs. But this book reveals so much more of the man."―Bob Dylan
"Booker is simply one of the tenderest-hearted people I've ever met and I'm so honored to have ever been in his company. This beautiful memoir is a near perfect reflection of the man I would walk a million miles for: engaging, unforgettable, and deeply creative."―Sinéad O'Connor
"Booker, we love you and your genius ability to touch people's hearts with your organ, your music, and now your writing."―Narada Michael Walden
"The contributions by Booker T. Jones to American Popular Music are immeasurable. In Time is Tight, Booker digs deep into his soul, revealing much about the extraordinary music he has made over nearly six decades with artists as diverse as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Bill Withers, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and, of course, Booker T. and the MG's. In between stories of musical greatness, the readers learns much about Booker's personal life and, in the process, the depth of his humanity. Intelligent and articulate to a fault, Time is Tight is one of the finest autobiographies that I have ever read."―Rob Bowman
"I have come to view Booker T and the MGs (the Mixed Group) as one of the backbones of American popular music, and if you listen to how Booker T Jones works that Hammond B3 organ on those classic songs, you realize he is playing his life, note for note. That's how it is in his memoir, Time Is Tight: With every page he strikes a heartfelt chord as he candidly reveals his life before and during his years at Stax Records, an era of racism and segregation that defined the city of Memphis, Tennessee and America. This book brings to light the honesty, grit, and integrity he displayed in his musical brilliance for more than six decades, a soundtrack of pure genius that transcends the human soul. I dare you to put this book down once you start reading it."―Al Bell, former owner Stax Records, former President of The Motown Records Group
Booker T. Jones is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger. Best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s, he has worked with countless award-winning artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has earned a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. Along with the band, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Jones continues to record and tour international, both as a solo artist and as head of the "Booker T's Stax Revue."
The book covers a lot ground, both as distance and time, and the way he's written it really draws you into each place. I feel like I've learned so much; about music, people, culture, history...I could easily ramble on, but I highly recommend checking this out! I hope he wins an award for it!! Thank you, Booker T!
The book has a few typos, such as spelling Lansky Brothers as "Lanksy." And using "vice" when he means "vise."
Curiously, the book fails to mention the shocking death of his troubled ex-wife Priscilla.