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The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars (American Made Music) [Hardcover]

Jimmi Mayes , V. C. Speck
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28 Jan 2014 American Made Music
This is the unforgettable life story of a musician who witnessed music history from the best seat in the house. For more than fifty years, Chicago drummer Jimmi Mayes served as a sideman beside some of the greatest musicians and musical groups in history. He began his career playing the blues in the juke joints of Mississippi, sharpened his trade under the mentorship of drum legends Sam Lay and Fred Below in the steamy nightclubs of south Chicago, and hit it big in New York City behind such music legends as Marvin Gaye and James Brown. Mayes played his drums behind blues giants Little Walter Jacobs, Jimmy Reed, and Earl Hooker; lived with Motown sensation Martha Reeves, and counted Jimi Hendrix as one of his best friends. Mayes lived through racial segregation, the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the integration of rock bands, and the emergence of Motown. He personally experienced the sexual and moral revolutions of the sixties, was robbed of his musical royalties, and survived a musical drought. Mayes is a musician who has witnessed music history from the best seat in the house.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (28 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617039160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617039164
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,668,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jimi Mayes learned his trade as a teenager in Jackson, Mississippi. He went on to become one of the most respected and sought after drummers of his era.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT 30 Mar 2014
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This novel about Jimmy Mayes is brilliant because it brought back memories of records I used to listen to, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Jimmi Hendrix, The flamingos, Margin Gaye. Definitely a walk on the wild side of music for me. Memories shared of times spent with the best musicians of the century and lets the reader share some of his past experiences and childhood, about segregation of blacks and white centered around his life and his zest for music. and how he integrated with blues musicians like Jimmy reed and played drums for the corvettes. CRACKER OF A STORY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic look back at music history 18 Feb 2014
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Jimmi Mayes is a living legend. He one of the last of the original blues men. He also holds a place in the history of rock, funk, Motown, soul, and pop. This book brings back memories of the 1950s when blacks and whites were separate, the 1960s when integration became law, and rock and roll ruled. Mayes has a good memory of obscure events, and an intimate knowledge of the so-called music "stars" --especially Jimi Hendrix. The book is well written and makes excellent reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A MUST READ 11 May 2014
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This book about Jimmy mayes is brilliant because it brought back memories of records I used to listen to, Martha reeves and the Vandella, Jimmi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, definitely a walk on the wild side of music for me. Lets the reader share some of his past, experiences and childhood, about segregation of blacks and whites centered around his life and his zest for music.
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