Born in 1957 in Deptford, south London, Danny's first job after dropping out of school at the age of 15 was in One Stop Records, a small record shop in London's West End, frequented by Elton John and Mick Jagger, a store rather like the one in High Fidelity. His career in print journalism began in 1976 when he co-founded the fanzine Sniffin' Glue leading to an offer from the New Musical Express, where his first job was as a receptionist. Soon after, Baker was contributing regular astute articles, reviews and later interviews to the publication. Danny then began making 30-minute documentaries at LWT for the cult series 20th Century Box, and appeared in two television commercials: Daz washing powder and Mars bar chocolate. His stellar career on the radio began on BBC GLR in 1989, then moved to BBC Radio 5 where he presented sports shows including the ground-breaking 6-0-6, which still influences the media's approach to criticism of players, managers and referees.
He also worked on BBC Radio 1, back to BBC GLR, Talk Radio and later on Virgin Radio. On his return to BBC last May, Danny won 'Sony Radio Personality of the Year' and appeared on Desert Island Discs last July. Six months earlier he had gone public on his cancer and chemotherapy treatment, and thankfully all seems well.
Danny Baker currently presents a weekday show at BBC London 94.9, which features phone-ins and discussions with his on-air team regarding music and entertainment of the 1960s and 1970s, and a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 5.This book charts Danny's showbiz career, the highs and lows, and everything in between, including the accusation that he killed Bob Marley...Read by Danny Baker.
©2012 Danny Baker (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
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"one of the best things I've ever listened to"
I really didn't want it to end what a joy! Can't wait for vol 2! Well done Danny and thanks!
Listening to Danny tell his incredible story added to the myriad of joyous tales.I had no idea that he had worked with all the greats.
Has to be Danny himself. The man is an absolute treasure.
I can't narrow it down to just one.
I've revisited this audiobook about 8 times since it was published, & am desperately waiting for the next instalment.
If you're at all uncertain as to whether this book is for you, trust me, it's full of juicy information, wit, humility, and charm. Just like the man himself.Quite frankly, a masterpiece.
"A real entertainer!"
I'm no particular Danny Baker fan but I bought this audiobook after catching him on some TV show where I thought he might have more to say than I had been giving him credit for. Sure enough, he has lots of really entertaining stories about the music journalism biz and his role in it. This audio book is a real pleasure to listen to, and made me laugh out loud - Danny Baker is a fun raconteur with lots of tales to tell, and his delivery is warm and friendly.
"I never knew that!"
The audio version gives Danny's personal touches only he can deliver, he provides a fascinating insight into what must (in this volume at least) be one of the luckiest people I've ever heard of - if it were not a true story, someone presented it as fiction - you'd not believe it
Danny's narration adds colour and you can even forgive the endless (but completely appropriate) F bombs
Self deprecating, and while definitely not lacking in confidence I found Danny's performance likeable in the extreme - to paraphrase - he comes across as an interesting fella who you'd like to spend some time with
Definitely possible, but I listened in 2 hour segments, with the chapters providing useful punctuation
Worth listening to - though I fear next volumes will necessary address some tougher topics
An excellent listen, full of wonderful anecdotes
The one I haven't written yet.
If you were reading the book, you would have to guess the intonation of how Danny Baker might have been speaking it. Here you don't have to. The swearing works particularly well as a listen, rather than a read
I felt for the teacher that felt broken by the actions of another class in the same year as Danny.
If you're a fan of Danny Baker, and I have to confess that I am, then you will love this. I am looking forward to the new one.
If you cannot laugh at this then you must have had a sense of humour transplant. Danny's wit and wisdom shines through and his portrayal of his dear Dad is truly hilarious.
Again and again. Danny Baker can just talk, no, sorry, not just talk, talk well. He spins a yarn like no one else can. He has lived a great life, so far, and boy dont he know it. He makes no bones about the fact that he's been there and done that. He's not a big head though, he's a natural talker. I could listen to him for hours. He's both funny, and engaging.
A fantastic book, read by a fantastic entertainer.
What did I like about Danny Bakers performance..................Danny Baker, nothing else, but I'm biased, I think he's fab
A wonderful listen
Yes I would; it was funny, endearing, interesting and also full of great values that are worth everyone hearing!
Danny Baker's Dad was for me the standout charachter in the book, so anything he was in was pretty memorable!
Yes on the radio. This is different and did take a small while to get used to but was overall excellent
I thought Danny Baker had some great qualities which have in turn made me think about how to behave; he appears to be generous, honest and weirdly for me - given his status - lacking in ego in a beguiling devil may care cushion of loveliness. I appreciate that any self portrait is going to be sympathetically painted, but in this case I think these qualities are shown in a most indirect manner and not intentioned by the author. This all framed through the most fascinating stories you could wish to hear!
Danny Baker's love for life jumps out of this book, andit's a compelling listen. His stories of family life growing up in Deptfordare funny andtouching, and this book made me laugh out loud on the train many times. It was bought for me as a present, not sure I would have chosen it, but very glad I listened. I'd heartily recommend this romp through Baker's early years and subsequent larking about in record shops and music journalism.
"Entertaining and funny but ends abruptly ...."
I enjoyed this book, it was funny and well performed by Danny and documents his early days stumbling around the UK Rock and Roll scene. Quite a few laugh out loud moments in this book, though it did end a bit suddenly when Danny realised he had become famous and a celebrity. Clearly making space for the next book.
Not disimilar to 'Grow Up' by Keith Alan - but Danny is a more likeable character.
Danny's yarn about Marc Bolan's donated shirt
No - I listen in the car
Good book - just wished it had ended more smoothly...
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