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Paperback Details
  • 04/2024
  • 9798989538416
  • 264 pages
  • $19.95
Jim Wilson
Tuned In: Memoirs of a Piano Man
Jim Wilson, author

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

The unique confluence of Jim Wilson’s two careers—piano technician and confidant to the stars and a globally successful recording artist—has led to extraordinary experiences with some of the world’s most exalted music legends: singing Beatle songs with Paul McCartney, limo rides with Elton John, road trips with Carole King, and horseback riding with Dan Fogelberg. But beyond this everyman’s unique telling of intimate celebrity tales, Tuned In is an inspiring story of one man’s relentless pursuit of a dream, and a revealing testimony to the power of music in all our lives.
Adam Belanoff, TV producer, writer

...absolutely tremendous. It’s a gripping story of perseverance told with warmth, humor and unfailing honesty. I couldn’t put it down!”

Al Secunda, best-selling author of The 15-Second Principal

“The honesty, humanity, insightfulness, and self-effacing humor within Tuned In emanates off of every page. What a truly inspiring story. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!”

Alan Bergman, lyricist with 3 Oscars, 4 Emmys & 2 Grammy awards

... a wonderful story that will encourage the reader to follow their dreams.”

Arlo Guthrie, multi- platinum Americana folk icon

“Your musical sensibility is wonderful. ...You captured a part of my heart.”

Barry Manilow, Grammy, Emmy & Tony-winning Hall of Fame artist with 85 million a

“Jim is a genius technician, musician, and a dynamite piano tuner! Tuned In is fascinating. Who knew? Congratulations, Jim!”

Bill Brandom, former National Piano Service Mgr, Yamaha Corp.

“Jim, you’re the one that connected Yamaha with Elton. Thank you for steering him to us all those years ago. You’re truly a man of many talents: an amazing piano technician, a great piano player, an excellent writer. Congrats on your amazing book, Tuned In!”

Burt Bacharach, Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter

“I admire Jim’s musicianship and creativity.”

Carole Bayer Sager, Grammy & Academy Award-winning songwriter

“...Jim’s book is filled with wonderful stories and anecdotes of his adventures in our musical world. I recommend it highly.”

Carole King, Grammy-winning artist & songwriter

“Northern Seascape is a delicately-woven romantic classic, a magical musical carpet ride of melodic beauty.”

Chick Corea, 27-time Grammy-winning artist

“Jim Wilson is one of the best piano tuners I’ve come across.”

Chris Standring, recording artist with ten #1 Billboard hits

Tuned In is an incredible, inspiring story. A real page-turner.”

Courteney Cox, Emmy, Golden Globe & SAG-nominated actress

“I’ve known Jim for years and I trust him beyond. He can make a toy piano sound good!"

Dan Fogelberg, multi-platinum recording artist

Northern Seascape is a beautiful, inspiring work. I highly recommend it.”

Daniel J. Levitin, 4-times New York Times bestselling author

Tuned In is a story of redemption and reinvention. Jim played in the personal sandbox of the most creative and innovative musicians of our era and in an oily rags to artistic riches story, he found his own inner artist and became a composer of the highest order.”

Dave Koz, Grammy-winning artist

“Beautifully written and told, Tuned In is a heartfelt and deeply moving memoir of one of the unsung greats who’s had a ‘front-row piano bench’ to some of the greatest moments in modern music history.”

David Crosby, multi-platinum Hall of Fame recording artist

“Yours is beautiful, melodic, emotional, delicious music.”

David Foster, 16 -time Grammy-winning producer

Tuned In is a really great read! Fascinating stories of a life well-lived. World traveler, gifted artist, and his knowledge of all things piano is incredible. Great job with all you’ve accomplished!”

Denny Tedesco, Award-winning director, The Wrecking Crew

“... I’m blown away by not just the stories but what an incredible raconteur Jim is. Such a great read.”

Diane Warren, Grammy, Emmy, & Oscar-winning songwriter

“I don’t trust just anyone to care for my pianos. Jim has been the man to do that for me for over 35 years! His story’s enlightening and inspiring, especially for anyone trying to make it in music."

Ed Begley Jr., author, actor, environmentalist

“Not only has Jim Wilson made my life more harmonious for the past 30 years, but he used his amazing gift to enhance the work of many a musical legend. He shares this long and amazing career with us in Tuned In. I could not put it down! Brilliant, funny and touching.”

Eric Persing, Spectrasonics founder

“I shouldn’t have been so surprised that Jim’s rascal gift as a storyteller would produce such a great read...but wow! With an extraordinary eye for detail, Tuned In captures not only the bygone era of the 80’s LA Studio scene and the dawn of MIDI, but also reveals through his own vulnerability the heart of every artist drawn into our city of dreams.”

Herb Alpert, Grammy-winning artist, co-founder of A&M Records

“Over the decades I’ve known Jim Wilson, I’ve found him to be a meticulous craftsman, a wonderful artist, and honest to the core.”

Herbie Hancock, 15-time Grammy-winning artist

“Your love of music and the heart and soul that you put into tuning is captured here. Thank you.”

J.D. Souther, multi-platinum, Hall of Fame songwriter

“Jim Wilson can do anything with or to a piano, writes music beautifully, out- skis me and now this; a most interesting life recalled with the clarity and flow that a good memoir requires.”

James Newton Howard, Oscar-nominated, Grammy & Emmy winning film composer

“Jim Wilson: great technician, talented musician, lovely man.”

Jean Fogelberg, Artist, Photographer, wife of Dan Fogelberg

“Jim Wilson was ‘the man behind the curtain’ for decades, tending the pianos of some of our greatest artists before stepping out on to the stage with his own gorgeous and timeless music. Bravo, Jim!”

Katey Sagal, Golden Globe-winning actress

“For decades, Jim has taken care, time and consideration with our pianos, as well as filling our house with his beautiful playing, and recollections. And now, his insightful, humorous stories are passed on to the reader. Tuned In does not disappoint. Enjoy!”

Larry Klein, Grammy-winning producer

“Jim Wilson’s Tuned In has heart, humor, and humility. Lovely storytelling from a lovely guy!”

Lili Haydn, Grammy-winning artist

Tuned In is a captivating window into the brilliant and inspiring mind of Jim Wilson, whose natural elegance, playfulness, exuberance, and talent has allowed him to seamlessly grace the worlds of some of the greatest legends on the planet! His own music has opened hearts and captured imaginations, and his story is a treasure!”

Lionel Richie, Grammy-winning artist

“Your music is mystical and calming. I use it to lose myself.”

Lisa Loeb, Grammy-winning Recording Artist

“Jim rebuilt and tunes the piano handed down from my grandmother, he’s played me beautiful songs, and now he’s taken me on his life’s journey so far. He’s a skilled writer and Tuned In is a wonderful read!”

Loren Gold, keyboard player for The Who and Chicago

“... a fabulous book! What a life, what a career, what a storyteller.”

Magnus Fiennes, composer, producer & songwriter

“Jim’s huge heart, humility, and humor chiming in perfect harmony makes this fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ account of a life in music the vivid and uplifting read it unequivocally is."

Marc Shaiman, Oscar-nominated, Grammy, Emmy & Tony-winning film composer

“With Jim’s usual affability and good humor, Tuned In gives us an intimate look behind the scenes of his famous, and infamous - clients and friends, a group I’m proud to be a part of.”

Martin Perlich, journalist, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree

Tuned In is a tale well-told, with all Jim’s freshness, honesty and unassuming wisdom drawn from a unique career near the epicenter of great music and the great musicians who make it.”

Martin Short, actor, comedian, singer, writer

“I adore this memoir so. Tuned In is a truly fascinating tale by a fascinating man. I can’t wait to re-read it with the television off.”

Matthew Wilder, Grammy-winning producer

Tuned In is a wonderful ride! Thank you, Jim for letting me play a small part in your adventures.”

Melissa Manchester, Grammy-winning artist

“I so enjoyed reading Tuned In. Jim’s traveled life’s unsteady road with an open heart while seeing the world through hope-filled eyes.”

Michael Neill, international bestselling author of The Inside-Out Revolution and

“Jim Wilson’s entertaining memoir reads like a musician's version of ‘Forrest Gump’, offering rare insights into the offstage lives of some of the music industry's most famous and fascinating characters. Two thumbs up!”

Mike Stoller, Hall of Fame song writer of over 70 classic hits

“To have our pianos tuned over the decades by a master like Jim Wilson is totally satisfying. But hearing him play his own music is sheer joy. 

Nathan East, Grammy-nominated bassist, producer, songwriter

“... full of fascinating stories and adventures. Tuned In is brilliant –– a beautifully written memoir!”

Neville Farmer, author, music journalist, filmmaker

“Who’d have thought the story of a piano tuner could be so enthralling? Tuned In, Jim Wilson’s beautifully-woven tale, gives an emotional, creative, and revealing insight to the world of music from bar bands to superstars. Deeply honest and personal, occasionally heart-rending, often hilarious and enlightening about what makes music and musicians tick. Little wonder so many musical heroes took him to their hearts.”

Olivia Newton John, Grammy-winning singer, actor, activist

“Your gorgeous music inspires me to play again!”

Patrice Rushen, Grammy-nominated artist

“Jim’s experience as a musician offers him special insights in service of his own music, as well as the musicians he works with. Congrats, Jim, and happy reading everyone!”

Paul Mirkovich, musical director for The Voice

“What a surprising read! ...a deeply personal story about how seemingly random events led Jim out of darkness and created a life of purpose and inspiration. Jim is a dear friend, a master craftsman, and a great storyteller.”

Peter Collins, rock producer (Rush, Alice Cooper, Queensrÿche)

“From the moment I started reading Tuned In, I became totally engrossed. Jim’s style of writing is compelling, extremely easy to read and triggered wonderful memories of my own life.”

Quincy Jones, 28 -time Grammy-winning producer

“Brother Jim, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your profound professionalism in restoring and caring for my piano over the decades.”

Ray Romano, Emmy-winning actor

Tuned In is so much more than I expected. Jim shares his adventures and experiences with some of the world’s greatest music icons, filling every page with humor and insight. But more than that, his story is both inspiring and relatable, and will resonate with anyone who has ever faced adversity in pursuit of their goals. Highly recommended.”

Richard Carpenter, multi- platinum recording artist

“Your writing is keen, quick-witted, entertaining and informative.”

Richard Page, hit songwriter, Mr. Mister founding member

“I recommend Tuned In to anyone ... it’s not just about music, pianos and the biz, it’s about life and how to deal with it when the shit gets thrown hard early on. A wonderful story by a good dude.”

Stanley Clarke, Grammy-winning artist

“Congrats on your well-written memoir, Tuned In, Jim. What a fun read! So many fantastic stories and your journey from piano tuner to recording artist is relatable and uplifting!”

Steve Lukather, Grammy-winning songwriter, founding Toto member

“Besides being a piano master, my old friend Jim Wilson is a great cat. His book Tuned In is a fantastic read – check it out!"

Steve Porcaro, Grammy-winning songwriter, founding Toto member

“I loved Tuned In. It’s a great, fun read and an inspiring story of perseverance and a window into the LA music scene.”

Steve Tyrell, Grammy-winning Producer & artist

“Congrats on your heartwarming and inspiring memoir, Jim! A beautiful tribute to the power of friendship, music, and the human spirit!”

Walter Afanasieff, Grammy-winning music producer, songwriter

“My friend Jim is an articulate and succinct storyteller; a literary artisan. I enjoyed every page of Tuned In - I couldn’t put it down!”

Zac Rae, music producer, member of Death Cab for Cutie

“Jim Wilson’s wonderful memoir is a heartfelt tale of the ways the ordinary and extraordinary worlds of the music business intersect that few outsiders will ever experience.”

Paperback Details
  • 04/2024
  • 9798989538416
  • 264 pages
  • $19.95