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!
"I never knew that!"
The audio version gives Danny's personal touches only he can deliver, he provides a fascinating insight into what must (in this volume at least) be one of the luckiest people I've ever heard of - if it were not a true story, someone presented it as fiction - you'd not believe it
Danny's narration adds colour and you can even forgive the endless (but completely appropriate) F bombs
Self deprecating, and while definitely not lacking in confidence I found Danny's performance likeable in the extreme - to paraphrase - he comes across as an interesting fella who you'd like to spend some time with
Definitely possible, but I listened in 2 hour segments, with the chapters providing useful punctuation
Worth listening to - though I fear next volumes will necessary address some tougher topics
An excellent listen, full of wonderful anecdotes
The one I haven't written yet.
If you were reading the book, you would have to guess the intonation of how Danny Baker might have been speaking it. Here you don't have to. The swearing works particularly well as a listen, rather than a read
I felt for the teacher that felt broken by the actions of another class in the same year as Danny.
If you're a fan of Danny Baker, and I have to confess that I am, then you will love this. I am looking forward to the new one.
If you cannot laugh at this then you must have had a sense of humour transplant. Danny's wit and wisdom shines through and his portrayal of his dear Dad is truly hilarious.
Again and again. Danny Baker can just talk, no, sorry, not just talk, talk well. He spins a yarn like no one else can. He has lived a great life, so far, and boy dont he know it. He makes no bones about the fact that he's been there and done that. He's not a big head though, he's a natural talker. I could listen to him for hours. He's both funny, and engaging.
A fantastic book, read by a fantastic entertainer.
What did I like about Danny Bakers performance..................Danny Baker, nothing else, but I'm biased, I think he's fab
A wonderful listen
Yes I would; it was funny, endearing, interesting and also full of great values that are worth everyone hearing!
Danny Baker's Dad was for me the standout charachter in the book, so anything he was in was pretty memorable!
Yes on the radio. This is different and did take a small while to get used to but was overall excellent
I thought Danny Baker had some great qualities which have in turn made me think about how to behave; he appears to be generous, honest and weirdly for me - given his status - lacking in ego in a beguiling devil may care cushion of loveliness. I appreciate that any self portrait is going to be sympathetically painted, but in this case I think these qualities are shown in a most indirect manner and not intentioned by the author. This all framed through the most fascinating stories you could wish to hear!
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.
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