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
This is definitely better than the print version as hearing Danny Baker read it adds the full force of his personality to the book.
This is similar to 'Cider with Roadies' by Stuart Maconie. Not sure how either of these will play with a US audience as these are both UK-centric personalities but I would give both a go.
I like the way he managed to evoke growing up in London without rose-tinted spectacles or a Vaseline covered lens. This is no misery memoir just a celebration of a time when there were few TV channels and journalists used typewriters.
Mouth of a docker life of a rocker
Highlights include Danny Baker's recollections of working in One-Stop records and dealing with celebrities like Mark Bolan and Elton John and tales of owning the most intelligent dog in the world. Can't wait for the next volume
"The best one I have heard so far"
Often very funny as you would expect, but also thought-provoking and nostalgic with just the right attention to detail. I have been a member of audible for quite a while now and I get through lots of audiobooks. This one is the best so far, by a long distance. If you enjoy his radio shows I would be very surprised if you didn't enjoy this. And this is one where I am absolutely certain that the audiobook version is preferable to the paper version, because it is narrated by Danny Baker himself. Very highly recommended.
"What a great book"
Such an interesting life
Did you know he gave Sting his first contract
He's just so addictive to listen to could have gone on for hours more
What a fantastic autobiography and so well read by Danny. Wonderfully written with great wit and warmth without being at all over sentimental. His insight into the whole punk movement was extremely eye-opening and dispels many of the inaccuracies that are now so called "punk history".
Danny's father is portrayed extremely well. It is obvious that Danny and his father were extremely close and much loved.
I think this book could only be read by Danny himself, I don't think many other people could read it at the speed that he talks !
Made me laugh many, many times. His passage describing taking his Dad to the hospital was extremely poignant as well and made me cry.
Can't wait for Danny's next book. Maybe the likes of Jack Whitehall should take a leaf out of Dannys book and actually experience life and learn how to write before embarking on publishing.
"It does not disappoint"
Nostalgic, funny, informative
Danny missing out on the Sex Pistols A&M release as he could get more tomorrow! He could not and they're now worth a fortune.
I most enjoyed the record shop scenes. I was buying records at this time and in these shops. I recognise the scenes and may have even bought a record off of Danny.
It made me laugh and laugh and laugh.
Some books have good stories but are narrated badly, some bad books are narrated well. This was a great story told as if in conversation with a mate. I could not stop listening and I was sorry when it ended. GET WRITING AGAIN DANNY!
"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.
"What an amazing story....so far?"
I love listening to autobiography's read by the author. Danny Baker is the prime example of why. He draws you in to the narrative immediately, making you feel you are genuinely watching his life story from the side lines.
His ability to remember so much detail of the key events in his life from the early years adds to the story telling.
If you love the history of music and radio in the 70's this will massively appeal and whilst he appears to have met so many legends, he never appears to be boasting or mentioning them for attention.
Found myself laughing out loud throughout and cannot what for part two. Don't leave it too long Danny.
"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
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