Guy Pratt came of age just as bass playing became sexy. Having dallied with punk legend Sylvain Sylvain, Pratt suddenly found himself on Top of the Pops and supporting David Bowie with smooth Australian outfit Icehouse. He became bass player to the stars, crawling from studio to bar and hotel to stadium Portakabin with the likes of Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer, Womack &Womack and Bryan Ferry. Guy has recorded with everyone from Madonna and Michael Jackson to McFly. He was in The Smiths for a week, and has travelled through customs in a wheelchair after a flight with Jimmy Page. Following the success of his live show at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival and the subsequent sell out tour of Australia, Guy Pratt’s narrates his bestselling book, My Bass and Other Animals, a witty, revealing but heartfelt memoir of life at the pointy end of the music business. When not playing with David Gilmour or Bryan Ferry, he continues to take the show around the world.
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“Wonderfully indiscreet… Pratt’s self – deprecating wit is irresistible” (Mojo)
“Bass players are ten a penny but a good wit is hard to find, so we hired him” (David Gilmour)
“Hilarious… Much recommended” (The Word)
Yes I guess so because it has some additional information that the written edition does not have (I think)
Funny stories from the music bussiness
The author does a good job reading the book
Everything to do with basses, I'm a bass player myself
I've been looking for stories about (and by) bass players and this is very entertaining book, and it's only 5.95! Buy it if you like music.
"Adventures with Guy in Musicland"
This is a fun listen. Easily consumed and full of anecdotes
It's full of memorable moments
Guy is Guy - 'nuff said
If I could think of a catchy one here I'd be charging royalties
If you are at all interested in music and especially of an age when your formative years were influenced by the 70's Punk and 80's era, then this is a great and entertaining listen. Guy takes a (admittedly biased and often coloured) romp through his upbringing and playing history. Don't expect deep insights but do expect (and get) a bunch of self deprecating English humour.
Yes - especially as the author reads it, you get all of the nuances that he intended.
"Amiable but repetitive"
I saw session bassist extraordinaire turned stand up comedian Guy Pratt perform extracts from this book at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2007. As a raconteur, he did a decent job, so I had high hopes for the audiobook version.
Unfortunately, what proved to be amusing over the course of an hour or so proved to be pretty wearing for nearly nine. Pratt has played for a variety of artists from Madonna and Michael Jackson through David Coverdale & Jimmy Page to Australian Roxy Music impersonators Icehouse, but most famously for Pink Floyd, for whom he played Roger Waters' bass parts once he'd departed from the band.
My Bass and Other Animals mainly consists of tales of tour hi-jinks, largely involving what he got up to following the consumption of large quantities of alcohol and often stronger substances, mixed with pen portraits of the various stars he's played with, most of which conform to the perceptions one already has of them: Madonna is domineering, Michael Jackson shy and eccentric due to a botched nose job etc. With a band like Pink Floyd, where the music was always larger than the people who made it, David Gilmour and cohorts simply come across as your average multi-millionaires.
This is a laddish, larky reminiscence about an over-indulgent 1980s and '90s. Fun, but probably best consumed in small doses.
"Rock n Roll!"
Great listen! Like listening to a great ranconteur in your local- loads of great rock n roll anecdotes centred around the authors work with Pink Floyd. This is a must listen for anyone interested in the hilarious excess of rock music
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