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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The worst thing about this audio book is that it ends.
To be honest, before 'From cradle to Grave' the TV series based on this book, I only really knew Danny Baker as a soap powder salesman and a bloke on the radio I didn't listen to. The hilarious From cradle to grave made me want to read his book so with my free monthly audio credit I decided to give it a listen.
Danny is a natural story teller and often I found myself laughing out loud to his tales of Blacky the dog and especially Spud Baker, his father.
I was barely 5 chapters into this when I found myself ordering it's follow-up but now having listened to Danny read it to me in full I can't imagine reading Danny's work to myself and may actually wait until Danny records an audio book.
I doubt it'll be long before I'm listening to this one again.
"Cracking story, straight from the horses mouth."
A fantastically grounded tale of a young boys growing relationship with music and its scene with some real laugh out loud moments.
enjoyed this book tremendously. he knows just about everyone and has a story about everyone else. find memories of the era he grew up in although I'm 6 years younger and from a different part of the country How I loved Sounds and NME. how I loved records and how I loved life. nice one Danny the is for the memories you are on my shortlist of people to go out a out with sod dinner straight to the public
"An absolute, unadulterated joy from start to end"
Definitely. Danny's unique delivery and portrayal of the various different characters he features (especially Spud - his Dad) make it very listenable many times. It's a bit like having him on the radio for nine hours in a personal show. Some people's idea of a nightmare I know, but I think he is one of the greatest broadcasters working now. Not for family listening though - quite fruity language at times.
I suppose Spud, his Dad, gets many of the killer lines. He sounds like a proper character and I'd have liked to meet him (though not while wearing plimsolls).
See "favourite character"
Belly laugh out loud many times. Made driving difficult...
Book two please - he hasn't recorded it yet!
one of the best
rick wakemans books
only the radio stuff , and this is very similar
"Going to Sea in a Sieve"
I so enjoyed this audio book. Danny was funny open and seems to really enjoy life. As an east ender I can identify with some of the places in the book.
This is a book I will listen to again
"Danny on form"
If you like Danny Baker on the radio, then you will love this..Very very funny, well written, and told in Danny's inevitable style.
"It's awesome hearing Danny reading his own words"
I have always loved Danny on screen & radio, with the only exception being when he gets too into football (as I'm not a soccer fan) - he's charismatic, funny and completely engaging, especially if you're an 80s kid
The book is funny to hear for someone who grew up in London around the same time Danny did (about 5-10 years after), adding in the history of Danny's past, stories of stars that he met along the way & how he evolved into the man he is today
If you know Danny & the 80s & 90s, this book is all kinds of awesome - although it meanders around a little, it's almost like a stream of consciousness, which is pretty much how Danny tells stories
"What a great story teller!"
Really loved this book, Danny is a great narrator so full of mischief and the stories are brilliant. I laughed a lot!
"Laugh out load"
What a great book, I'll be downloading the next book straight away, would have loved to have meet his dad, what a character, cheers Danny
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