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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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!
"Spud you like"
Danny's reading of it. Yes he lived it and has made a great living out of it, but boy does he believe it.
Very few.....unless there's been an audiobook read by the person himself, who realises the luck that has gone with a life well lived.
Almost all, from Spud's antics as a security guard at the new block of offices, Marc Bolan, Elton John, Freddie Mercury (play this song).
The point at school where he is genuinely upset at the cruelty to a teacher.
buy the book, listen to the audio, don't bother with the TV show, it seems made up, even though its from the book, Peter Kay does no justice to spud.
absolutely loved it , entertaining from the start , great stories and Mr Baker does a good job as always .
Loved this book. A man amongst men. Honest and humble.
Can't wait until the next instalment.
a cracking series of stories told brilliantly, only thing missing was a couple of pints
I really enjoyed hearing this insight in to his life and Bermondsey in the 70s
Danny voicing his own story is great. And for a man of a certain age as I am, remembering all the music and cultural events along with Danny was a pure joy.
loved it. Danny Baker's life is crazy and his reading of it is very funny.
"Really Enjoyable Listening"
Loved this book from start to finish and Danny Bakers narration was a treat. More please!
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