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
"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!
"Entertaining, if a little up itself."
I haven't seen the TV show that is based on this book but I like Danny Baker's radio shows and his ability to cut right to the heart of the periphery. I was hoping for that here, and found some lovely anecdotes about his early life in London. However, by the end I had had enough of his self aggrandising. Maybe he did have a marvelously happy childhood, and had some great jobs growing up, but does he have to bang on about how everybody loves him and how talented he his?
This book leads up to the start of his fame.
I may try the second volume if it's on special offer, but otherwise I'll give it a miss.
Quite simply one of the best books I've read in recent years. Not only s fantastically good read but a great insight into the happy go lucky Danny. Buy this book!
I am not often moved to write a book review but this is a marvellous book. I was completely entranced from start to finish. I smiled, giggled and laughed out loud as did my husband. Danny Baker reads it beautifully. I thought I would choke with laughter at his description of going to see Hair. Thank you, Danny, such a breath of fresh air.
I don't no much about Danny Baker but I listened to the sample and liked the sound of his voice, it was friendly and quite calming. I only listen to audio books if the reader has a nice voice as I listen when I want to relax.
As I said above I didn't really know much about Danny Baker but found his story to be very interesting and I found myself wanting to know more! This hardly happens to me as I can get bored quite quickly.
This book is brilliant and definitely worth the price and a listen.
I'm not the biggest Danny Baker fan, but I really enjoyed this book, great stories from a rock n roll (ish) lifestyle.
really looking forward to the next one
coming from same area of South East London and also in the 1950s this was a fantastic reminder of what seemed to be a much simpler way of life. We'll done Danny, brought back some great memories of people and places.
"A really good insight into a life in Media."
A very funny & entertaining read & answers a lot of loose ends I had about Danny's life. Cannot wait for the next instalment & also will watch the BBC television adaptation when repeated.
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