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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Sterling By MusicMan 6 String Sterling by Music Man James Valentine Signature Guitar, JV60, Trans Buttermilk (JV60-TBM)

Designed in conjunction with the Award Winning Engineering team of Ernie Ball Music Man and Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine, The Sterling by Music Man version of the James Valentine “Valentine” guitar features a Mississippi Swamp Ash slab body, two pickups (1-humbucker/1-single coil) wound and voiced to Music Man specifications wired to a 3-way pickup selector, 12dB “Push-Push” boost on the Volume Control, Sterling by Music Man design “hardtail” string through bridge with bent steel saddles, 25.5-inch scale, Roasted Maple neck/fretboard with 12-inch radius, 22 frets, oversized 4+2 headstock with locking tuning machines.

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  • Guitar featuring Music Man’s James Valentine signature series design with Vincent Blue finish
  • Precision built with Swamp Ash body, Roasted Maple neck and fretboard for a bold feel and smooth playability
  • 2 Sterling by Music Man designed chrome covered single and humbucker pickups with a 12dB ‘push push’ active boost
  • All Sterling by Music Man guitars receive final set-up and inspection in USA and come with a padded gigbag
  • Equipped with Ernie Ball strings to provide durability and optimum performance

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Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells

Now in paperback, after five hardcover printings, Tommy James’s wild and entertaining true story of his career—part rock & roll fairytale, part valentine to a bygone era, and part mob epic—that “reads like a music-industry version of Goodfellas” (The Denver Post).

Everyone knows the hits: “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” All of these songs, which epitomize great pop music of the late 1960s, are now widely used in television and film and have been covered by a diverse group of artists from Billy Idol to Tiffany to R.E.M. Just as compelling as the music itself is the life Tommy James lived while making it.

James tells the incredible story, revealing his complex and sometimes terrifying relationship with Roulette Records and Morris Levy, the legendary Godfather of the music business. Me, the Mob, and the Music is a fascinating portrait of this swaggering, wildly creative era of rock ’n’ roll, when the hits kept coming and payola and the strong-arm tactics of the Mob were the norm, and what it was like, for better or worse, to be in the middle of it.

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