Best Seat in the House: My Life in the Jeff Healey Band
Tom Stephen, with Keith Elliot Greenberg


Paperback | Nov 2018 | ECW Press | 9781770414518 | 280pp | 229x152mm | Forthcoming | GEN | AUD$19.99, NZD$24.99


 

For 15 years, Tom Stephen had the unique distinction of being both drummer and manager of the Jeff Healey Band. The dual role was fraught with conflicts of interest. One minute, he was leading the debauched life of a rock musician; the next, he was disciplining the band for the havoc they caused.

But few knew or understood Jeff Healey — a national icon and one of the world’s best blues guitarists — better. Funny and loyal, with a luminous mind and staggering talent, Healey was also provincial, stubborn, obnoxious, and antagonistic. This book explores both sides with honesty, clarity, and humor and reveals what life for the band was really like: Jeff challenging ZZ Top to a bowling competition — and winning; Bill Clinton inviting the band to the White House, and enjoying a special audience with Queen Elizabeth II. To say nothing of the legendary guitarist's interactions with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Keith Richards, and more.

Tom Stephen was there for it all, and his stories of the road will show young fans Healey's brillance, as well as all blues fans who want to understand the complicated man behind those timeless sounds.