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Going to Sea in a Sieve | [Danny Baker]

Going to Sea in a Sieve

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • paul.burling@ntlworld.com
    Hertfordshire, UK
    7/8/14
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    "Hilarious"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    6/25/14
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    "Genius"
    Would you listen to Going to Sea in a Sieve again? Why?

    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 about Danny Baker’s performance did you like?

    What did I like about Danny Bakers performance..................Danny Baker, nothing else, but I'm biased, I think he's fab


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr M C Plumridge
    6/18/14
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    "Inspiring..no really!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would; it was funny, endearing, interesting and also full of great values that are worth everyone hearing!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going to Sea in a Sieve?

    Danny Baker's Dad was for me the standout charachter in the book, so anything he was in was pretty memorable!


    Have you listened to any of Danny Baker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes on the radio. This is different and did take a small while to get used to but was overall excellent


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh lots.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    London, United Kingdom
    5/11/14
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    "Joyous"
    Where does Going to Sea in a Sieve rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. J. Burnham
    London UK
    5/3/14
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    "Entertaining and funny but ends abruptly ...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Going to Sea in a Sieve to, and why?

    Not disimilar to 'Grow Up' by Keith Alan - but Danny is a more likeable character.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Danny's yarn about Marc Bolan's donated shirt


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - I listen in the car


    Any additional comments?

    Good book - just wished it had ended more smoothly...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hugh Campbell
    4/29/14
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    "Best Audiobook this year"
    If you could sum up Going to Sea in a Sieve in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Hilarious, Engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going to Sea in a Sieve?

    When Danny recalled the funeral service for a friend only for his mate to discover the friend was being buried in his mate's best trousers


    Which character – as performed by Danny Baker – was your favourite?

    Danny's dad - would love to have met him


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness Danny read the book himself - whilst the story was brilliant it would not have been the same listening to someone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
    London, United Kingdom
    2/19/14
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    "How I laughed"
    Would you listen to Going to Sea in a Sieve again? Why?

    Oh yes, Its so endearing and cheers me up


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship with his parents


    Have you listened to any of Danny Baker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Danny is always good, on the radio and on TV


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No because I wanted to relish every chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I've already ordered the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rootie
    Loughborough, UK
    12/18/13
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    "What an amazing story....so far?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love listening to autobiography's read by the author. Danny Baker is the prime example of why. He draws you in to the narrative immediately, making you feel you are genuinely watching his life story from the side lines.
    His ability to remember so much detail of the key events in his life from the early years adds to the story telling.
    If you love the history of music and radio in the 70's this will massively appeal and whilst he appears to have met so many legends, he never appears to be boasting or mentioning them for attention.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Found myself laughing out loud throughout and cannot what for part two. Don't leave it too long Danny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    UK
    12/16/13
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    "Hidden gem of a lifestory"
    What did you like most about Going to Sea in a Sieve?

    I have never really got Danny Baker, and sat on the fence about him for years. This audio book let me understand why a lot of folks regard him as a leading broadcaster. The stories are astonishingly funny and many will relate to the honest and candid approach of the narration. The comments from Danny's father, with swearwords intact, took me back to many characters of a similar nature, to a point which I started to predict the responses, laughing aloud once they were read out.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The Michael Jackson interview was fascinating, but the simple tale of his dog running into a bollard was hilarious.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who Knew?


    Any additional comments?

    Now a Danny Baker fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    Upminster, United Kingdom
    10/17/13
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    "A Fantastic Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Going to Sea in a Sieve to be better than the print version?

    I do not have the print version but am going to purchase it as well .
    Danny brings his own intonations and humour to the book by speaking in his own inimitable fashion .


    What does Danny Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It is like listening to a good mate who i have known for years chatting personally about his life .
    Thanks Dan


    Any additional comments?

    Must right to Danny Baker personally somehow to say thanks for the book .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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