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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"Very entertaining and honest"
Danny Baker gives us a very honest account of life in London in the 60's and 70's with many laugh out loud moments. Listened to it on a long haul flight and many a time got strange looks from fellow passengers when I was grinning to myself.
For those of us of a similar age to Danny it is a great reminder of our past, hard to imagine these days that you could bribe the meter reader or that video recorders would be one of the new wonders of the world.
Brilliantly written, and great that Danny narrated it himself. Well worth a listen
"Joyful biography that leaves a warm glow"
I was born not long after Danny Baker but in a different part of the UK and in quite different circumstances. However, I found the early parts of this autobiography brought back memories of happiness and childhood. Danny Baker has a style of talking that come across as so natural you feel as though this was produced propping up a bar with a pint in his hand. This joy of life and general ability to make the most of whatever situation he finds himself in without hours of tortured self introspection makes Danny a good radio and TV presenter and it really comes across in this audio book.
The book seems to be a very honest life story with highs and lows, comedy and pathos. I was left with an overall feeling of Danny having been the right person in the right place at the right time and he knew it. He was able to use his undoubted talent with words, spoken or written, to make the best of each opportunity and to enjoy himself while doing it.
I looked forward to listening to the next section of the book on each commute and was quite sad to reach the end.
Not overall good enough for me to listen to again but certainly left me with a smile. Even if I don't agree with all Danny's views on music I can't help feeling it would be a great evening discussing differences with him. He comes across as the sort of person that would put an arm round your shoulder and say "Your talking b*****s but lets have another pint anyway".
This is beyond doubt the funniest, wittiest and beautifully narrated autobiography I have ever had the pleasure of owning and what a pleasure it was to listen.
Danny tells a 'warts and all' story which is comical, interesting and surprising. He has led a life which gives itself so well to an autobiography.
His narration is nothing short of wonderful, every character gets a different voice and the delivery is second to none.
Anyone who does not find this hilarious has no pulse !
Well done Danny , more please :-)
"Autobiography of the year!"
Riviting! We are the same age but I must have lived a very sheltered life!
Danny's exploits made me laugh out loud and I wonder just how he managed to 'come through' what life has thrown at him.
He's farthe rwas, if it is beleived -a bit of a charactor and living on the edge and I wonder why there is not one chapter on how they visited him in clink!
Wonderful book - I have listened to it twice now - and reccomend it to anyone.
"What's not to like?"
Honest and funny, a few laughs out load and loads of smiles.
Looking forward to the next instalment.
This is a fabulous book and I cannot wait until he releases the next installment, His dry wit and the simple but fabulous insights into his world and family will keep you entertained. Spud is my hero.
I have been an Audible member for a long time now but I have never written a review but I had to write one about this book.
I didn't really know much about Danny Baker and although I knew who he was I didn't really know much about him.
This book is great. From the stories of life with Spud, his days at NME and various tours with bands etc it is a funny, amusing and entertaining read.
And FOR ONCE a celeb book that does not whine on about how bad their mother/father/leaders/teachers at school or life treated them. This is a upbeat and humorous story of Danny's life.
A must read book.
Looking forward to the next book Danny.
"Not to be Missed a Superb Talent"
No doubt many of Danny Baker's stories and anecdotes have had much telling, which is likely why this comes over so well. Excellent delivery.
Vivid, very funny and fast paced, no space is wasted on this recording. This does what every autobiography should, it tells us clearly and rationally about the events and the characters (the famous, the family and friends) without any overly analytical reflection. It covers a very interesting period to me, late 60's through to early 80's, from childhood through to early career and success and I'm glad to hear a follow up will be produced. I'll definitely be having some of that!
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!
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