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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"It does not disappoint"
Nostalgic, funny, informative
Danny missing out on the Sex Pistols A&M release as he could get more tomorrow! He could not and they're now worth a fortune.
I most enjoyed the record shop scenes. I was buying records at this time and in these shops. I recognise the scenes and may have even bought a record off of Danny.
It made me laugh and laugh and laugh.
Some books have good stories but are narrated badly, some bad books are narrated well. This was a great story told as if in conversation with a mate. I could not stop listening and I was sorry when it ended. GET WRITING AGAIN DANNY!
Hilarious...Couldn't put it down, laughed all the way through, the only disappointment was when it finished.
"An absloute joy!"
This book is simply wonderful, an absolute joy.
Danny (as you'd expect) reads it perfectly and listening to this 10 hours - which goes by far too quickly - reminds me why he is considered the best radio broadcaster in the country.
My only criticism of it is that I now have to wait for volume two!
a wonderful evocation of life growing up in 70s East London to birth of Danny Bakers fame in the early 80s. I loved every minute of this book. Fantastically funny, warm, and humbling. highly recommended.
"Who knew Danny Baker lead such a colourful life!"
I had no idea Danny Baker was so involved in the musical scene and had come from such a 'colourful' background.
I loved Danny's Dad, what a great character. A ducker and diver, a wheeler dealer. A real life Del Boy.
None! It is a one off!
I just loved the way he bought out all the characters, especially his mum and dad.
I never have the time to listen to any book in one sitting!
Bought up on a London council estate, Danny spent his early life running wild 'on the estate', followed by some very interesting life tales, but with music always being the big staple in his life.
A great, funny listen, even if you aren't a huge Danny Baker fan, it is still a great listen.
Very funny in places.
"The TV Series Nearly Put Me Off"
Was a bit reticent about this after being disappointed by the TV series. But...this is a really funny and truly nostalgic yarn brilliantly told by the man himself. Had me laughing and reminiscing about the 70s, being about the same age as Danny.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and eagerly looking forward to the next installment.
i really enjoyed this book.it's funny and honest. Also Danny baker narrating makes it so real and totally believable
"The Brilliant Baker Boy"
Always like DB, but I'd quite forgotten how much he'd been about. I'd like to hear part 2 now.
"I want this man's life"
Danny baker has had an amazing life and he tells it brilliantly. Can't wait for the next installment.
very good entertainment, akso fun description of 70s. loved it! learned a lot, since I'm born in the 80s, and behind the iron curtain.
also nice animated reading. thanks!
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