The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound; one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones’ earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes & played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons; support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios & all while still in high school.

Time is Tight

Nearly five decades later, Jones’s influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story. Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical mecca.

Culminating with a definitive account into the inner workings of the Stax label, as well as a fascinating portrait of working with many of the era’s most legendary performers-Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Tom Jones, among them-this extraordinary memoir promises to become a landmark moment in the history of Southern Soul. Available in store and online.

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