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 many Danny is a bit of a Marmite guy, but love him or loath him this is one of the brightest autobiographies I have listened to. His cavalier attitude to not only money but his entire outlook to life is not only refreshing in the extreme but also funny to the point of hilarity.
There are some great characterizations of not only his close family but many of famous people he's had the good fortune to rub shoulders with. I can't wait for the next installment. Tick VG Danny!
"I was surprised-couldn't stop listening"
Even though the audio quality is not as good as most Audible downloads, I absolutely loved listening to Danny's auto-bio e-book. My pre-conceptions about a slightly irritating Cockney were completely blown away, and I now have the greatest respect for Danny's down to earth honesty, and up-beat attitude, not to mention his incredible career luck. This book made my journey to work fly by for about 2 weeks, and I was genuinely sad to finish it. Roll on part 2.
"Well worth a listen"
Im not a fan usually of autobiography's but when someone as interesting, unique and as funny as Danny Baker writes one, I thought that will be worth a listen, and frankly, it was worth more than that.
I laughed out loud so many times, so anything that does that is worth 5 stars.
The only disappointing part of it, was it ended so early in terms of his life, I was hoping to hear about his recent illness and how is coped with it and hopefully beat it but alas we must wait for that.
The best recommendation I can give is, I will buy the second part as soon as its out?
"Can't wait for the 'next instalment'"
I download books to listen in the car on long journeys and found myself sitting in my driveway after a four hour trip unable to tear myself away from Danny's narration of his fascinating life story. I've always loved the guy but did not realise quite how remarkable his life has been.
This is the first of the trilogy of DB's autobiography and is brought to life perfectly by Danny himself. The book is written in his natural conversational style and so works brilliantly when narrated by himself. Who knew some of the things he got up to? A funny, easy and enjoyable read, very highly recommended.
For anyone who lived their formative years through the late seventies and eighties this is a must. Packed full of wonderful stories and anecdotes told in Baker's imitable style. Full of humour and fun
"Danger dont sit on a train listening to this book"
Travelling on the train to and from work listening to this book I was in danger of been taken away by men in white coats. I just could not stop laughing out loud people were moving seats, I would just manage to turn the laugh into a cough and then Danny would say something else and that was it off I would go again. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, I was so sorry to have reached the end but at least I have two more books to look forward to.
It was a captivating book. This man certainly lead a very lucky life, but was also thoroughly entertaining.Loved it
A great listen from a great man Brilliantly brought to life by his own dulcit tones,story telling so good it's like you were there, best autobiography so far.
"funny man and book"
good listen whilst walking the dog ,even the terrible exaggerations are funny had sex at 12 ? had a telephone in 1967 ? and thought he might of had a moustache at 12 lol but all that can be forgiven I did the same lol
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