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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TO FIND OUT SO MUCH ABOUT THE MUSIC SCENE AROUND THE TIME I WAS GROWING UP
A FANTASTIC LISTEN. LAUGH OUT LOUD MOMENTS ONE AFTER THE OTHER
We enjoyed this so much, my husband and I listened to this driving round Italy and even when we arrived at our destination we still sat in the car until the chapter ended and were so disappointed when it was finished, can't wait for more, more, more please Danny.
We enjoyed all of it but bits about Danny's father were so funny, he was quite a character
Well worth listening to
This book is honest, entertaining and surprising, very funny and never dull.
Danny of course.
Its about him, he is god as setting the scene that he was part of.
Not really, but its great for say 2-3 hour bursts on a journey.
Listen, this book is great, Listen, Listen Listen...
"I finished & wanted more!"
His early life in and around the south east London area took me back to my own childhood
Bit like Chris Evans book, which again left me wanting more!
Great story and he captures the 60/70/80's really well. Loved his discription of his Dad, very funny - I've known many charecters just like that!
Baker presents a masterclass in living for the moment. Perfect uplifting light-hearted listening expertly told by the man himself. Don't worry about your feelings about the author, the story stands on its own.
"Danny Baker Gold"
Really enjoyed this one. I used to listen to Danny's radio show and it's nice to hear his voice again. Entertaining, touching and thoroughly enjoyable. Great book and excellent narration by the author.
"Like listening to an old friend"
For years, Danny has been a regular part of my radio listening, not only for his great taste in music, which coincidentally matches mine, but also for making talk radio massively entertaining with his ability to mine the most incredible listener's stories from truly obscure topics, and all with a perpetual sense of wonder and bewilderment. And this comes through in this audiobook, which is clearly the first part of his autobiography, covering his childhood, youth and early forays into the world of media.
Some of the anecdotes will be familiar to his long-time listeners, but he is such a great raconteur they are always worth hearing again. He also clears up some stories that have entered into urban legend, many of which were invented and instigated by the man himself, such as being David Essex's brother and being responsible for the death of Bob Marley.
His tales of working in and around the London music scene from the late 60s onwards are priceless and are a must-hear for anyone yearning to know about a much simpler time before music became an industry run by corporations.
This couldn't be read by anyone else than the man himself and the way he recounts his own misadventures is often laugh out loud hilarious, so be warned if listening to it on public transport. Even if you aren't completely familiar with Danny, listening to this will make you feel like you're spending time with an old friend with some great yarns to spin.
I am not actually a fan of Danny Baker but heard him talking about this book and thought is would be worth a listen. I was very pleasantly surprised. Danny's rapid fire delivery comes across well and he made me laugh out loud and the brought me to tears. I was amazed and the varied career he has had and the many famous people he has met. As Danny is the same age as me but was brought up in such a different area (Jersey is nothing like London) it was both a walk through memory lane and a look through the fence to a different world.
"A funny, original book"
An enjoyable, laugh out loud read from Danny Baker. A great personality, with a great outlook on life.
Have always loved Danny's radio, from early days at Radio 5, but didn't know his 'back story', until now. Strikes many chords for those growing up in the '60s and a teenager in the 70's (I was born in the same year as DB), characterisations of his family and friends are hilarious, insight into the musical scene fascinating. Can't wait for the next volume, Danny.
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