Upon hearing of Jay Geils passing I rang up his manager and long time guitar partner Gerry Beaudoin to offer my condolences.
And of course we talked about Jay.
I claimed that he was the J.D. Salinger of the rock n’ roll world. Like Salinger (author of Catcher on the rye and after fame, possibly one of the greatest examples of a recluse), Jay was very much an anti-celebrity.
The flash, the parties, the “village roadshow” of the entertainment business was always something he seemed to want to escape from.
On the other side of that was genuine engagement: When you were talking with him, you were talking with him. He was always interested in “Real.”
He was both hero and anti-celebrity.