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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Rebeats Publications (20 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888408138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888408133
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,718 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LisaCz on 25 Nov. 2011
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I cried with laughter at several bits in this book! Funny, poignant, and a good record of the times. Jerry has also given the readers a remarkable insight into the character of Steve Marriott - probably the most accurate picture ever! All in all, a very honest account of those wild years that some of us were fortunate to live through and experience first-hand. Told in language we can all understand. One can only hope that he writes another book for the years 1976-to the present day.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jill on 16 Jun. 2011
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Best Seat in the House By Jerry Shirley

Being a child of the sixties and seventies, Even if I wasn't a Humble Pie fan, this book takes you back to the bad ole days of Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll. There are so many memories in this book.
It is a very quick read with many humorous, sad and interesting tidbits.

Mr. Shirley writes with a honest approach to himself and his life, almost "HUMBLE".
Jerry and his team did an excellent job.

Good Luck.

Jill , FF, past , present and future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jo's Grandaughter on 26 Feb. 2013
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Loved the book and the very honest way it was written, very easy to read. Knew Jerry when I was a child and to read what he was up to at the time was fascinating. Didn't realise he was that young, he was always a lovely bloke. Will never forget watching Steve Marriot running on to the football pitch with his first aid kit (yeah right) and my Dad being shocked that they didn't hand around oranges at half time. Hope you're well Jerry, well done!.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By benito on 14 Dec. 2012
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Takes you back to the real rock talent, growing up and learning from ledgends, the guys been there done that, a fantastic read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shaky jake on 21 Nov. 2012
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Honesty is the best policy, and Jerry Shirley has been unselfishly honest with his account of life in one of the biggest bands in the seventies, Humble Pie. Written in a style that puts you in the audience at the shows, shouting for more. You listen in as deals are done and promises made. The anticipation of making the "big time" and getting a "million dollars". And you suffer the frustration as it all falls apart. If you want to know what it was like to be part of the "sex and drugs and rock and roll" culture then have a read of this book. An honest, truthful and entertaining story of a boy who made it big - nearly!
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Keith Altham
For all The Humble Pie fans out there try Jerry Shirley's opus "The Best Seat in the House" by their power house drummer. An incisive and intriguing book of their rise and fall from which he seems to have emerged relatively sane from playing with one of the most electrifying and explosive front men in rock in Steve Marriott and two of the most underrated rock guitarists of that period in Pete Frampton and Clem Clempson not to mention a great bass player with Gregg Ridley. A rock and roller coaster ride.

I was their PR for three years and I know an good inside story when I read one - and yes I bought my copy.
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