Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson

(Guitar Book). Bassist James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands. His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, two hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos in this stellar tribute to behind-the-scenes Motown. Features access to 120-minutes of audio! Allan Slutsky’s 2002 documentary of the same name is the winner of the New York Film Critics “Best Documentary of the Year” award! Songs include: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough * Ain’t Nothing like the Real Thing * Ain’t That Peculiar * Bernadette * Come ‘Round Here (I’m the One You Need) * Darling Dear * Don’t Mess with Bill * For Once in My Life * Home Cookin’ * How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone * How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) * I Heard It Through the Grapevine * I Was Made to Love Her * I’m Gonna Make You Love Me * My Guy * Nowhere to Run * Reach Out I’ll Be There * What’s Going On * You Can’t Hurry Love * and many more excerpts and riffs. The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

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  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown Book/CD
  • James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove – the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands
  • His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, 2 hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos
  • Features a 120-minute CD! James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove – the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands
  • His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, 2 hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos

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3 thoughts on “Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson”

  1. A musical master, but the music ain’t happening… Great subject about a musical master. Should be required material for any new bass player. Entertaining format (more like reading a magazine) with oodles of photos, thorough history, and insight into this bass playing giant. This issue, and reason for the low review, is about the audio CDs. I was shocked to discover that during the binding process, the CDs were literally glued into the binding. They broke immediately when I tried to extract them–and I know a bit about book binding so even…

  2. Almost any student of electric bass will want to peruse … Almost any student of electric bass will want to peruse this book. Motown, soul, funk, R&B, rock & roll, pop– James Jamerson’s influence on so much music is pervasive, and Dr. Licks and the all-star list of contributors show you how by sharing Jamerson’s story and getting into the nitty gritty of his music and instrumentation.The first section of the book tells the intertwined story of early Motown and Jamerson and is loaded with fascinating tidbits and micro-stories, many told in…

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