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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Danny Baker's love for life jumps out of this book, andit's a compelling listen. His stories of family life growing up in Deptfordare funny andtouching, and this book made me laugh out loud on the train many times. It was bought for me as a present, not sure I would have chosen it, but very glad I listened. I'd heartily recommend this romp through Baker's early years and subsequent larking about in record shops and music journalism.
"Entertaining and funny but ends abruptly ...."
I enjoyed this book, it was funny and well performed by Danny and documents his early days stumbling around the UK Rock and Roll scene. Quite a few laugh out loud moments in this book, though it did end a bit suddenly when Danny realised he had become famous and a celebrity. Clearly making space for the next book.
Not disimilar to 'Grow Up' by Keith Alan - but Danny is a more likeable character.
Danny's yarn about Marc Bolan's donated shirt
No - I listen in the car
Good book - just wished it had ended more smoothly...
"Best Audiobook this year"
Honest, Hilarious, Engaging
When Danny recalled the funeral service for a friend only for his mate to discover the friend was being buried in his mate's best trousers
Danny's dad - would love to have met him
Thank goodness Danny read the book himself - whilst the story was brilliant it would not have been the same listening to someone else.
"How I laughed"
Oh yes, Its so endearing and cheers me up
The relationship with his parents
Danny is always good, on the radio and on TV
No because I wanted to relish every chapter.
I've already ordered the sequel.
"Hidden gem of a lifestory"
I have never really got Danny Baker, and sat on the fence about him for years. This audio book let me understand why a lot of folks regard him as a leading broadcaster. The stories are astonishingly funny and many will relate to the honest and candid approach of the narration. The comments from Danny's father, with swearwords intact, took me back to many characters of a similar nature, to a point which I started to predict the responses, laughing aloud once they were read out.
The Michael Jackson interview was fascinating, but the simple tale of his dog running into a bollard was hilarious.
Now a Danny Baker fan.
"A Fantastic Listen"
I do not have the print version but am going to purchase it as well .
Danny brings his own intonations and humour to the book by speaking in his own inimitable fashion .
It is like listening to a good mate who i have known for years chatting personally about his life .
Must right to Danny Baker personally somehow to say thanks for the book .
"Dan the man."
It`s Danny Baker on Danny Baker how could it be anything but brilliant & entertaining? Can`t wait for part 2.
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...
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