A small-town musician from North Carolina tries his luck on the biggest stage of all: New York City. And he hits the jackpot. Mere months into his NYC gambit, guitarist Jeffrey Lee Campbell is catapulted from selling candy in Broadway theaters to touring the world with rock legend, Sting. Go behind the scenes with the provincial, wide-eyed rookie as he fakes his way around the globe, shoulder-to-shoulder with his longtime musical hero.

     "Do Stand So Close" is a layered, coming-of-age memoir, recounting Jeffrey Lee Campbell's glamorous (and grueling) twenty-five country, six-continent, trial by fire on Sting's “Nothing Like The Sun” World Tour. Filled with humorous anecdotes and poignant revelations, Do Stand So Close follows Jeffrey's amazing odyssey—from relocating to NYC and miraculously landing the high-profile gig, to life on the road with one of the planet's biggest rock stars, to his humbling crash-and-burn after the tour. Buckle up!


     my improbable adventure as Sting's guitarist


"This is the best book I've ever read about being on the road. Positively astounding. I had a hard time putting it down." - Bob Lefsetz (music critic/analyst, author of The Lefsetz Letter)


"Transparent, honest, hilarious, thrilling . . . One of the best books on rock n roll I have ever read!” - Vic Garbarini (editor-in-chief for “Musician” magazine, senior editor for “Guitar World” magazine, music columnist for “Playboy” magazine.)


"Smart, witty and insightful. A must read for music fans." - saxophonist Branford Marsalis


“unabashedly honest and revealing tale of life on the road with a major rock star” ★★★★★

“self-deprecating, humorous, and refreshing in its candor” ★★★★★

“privileged access behind the curtain into a world seldom seen” ★★★★★

“totally fresh take on the musical tell-all. I couldn’t put it down” ★★★★★

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