©2009 Paul Schaffer; (P)2009 Random House
If it were up to me, this book would never have been published in print. People who read it will have no idea what they are missing by not having Paul read it to them. His delivery is perfect and it is hysterical. Absolutely a must listen for any lover of contemporary culture and music!!
As the title suggests this book was a bit of a golden nugget. Usually authors don't make good readers but Paul Shaffer proves that untrue. Throughout the reading there is a sense of respectability toward his subject matter whether family or friends. Such a refreshing contrast compared to the ego-driven work of Sammy Haggar in "Red".
Best of all for me were the references to his SNL experiences of such; not to exclude a happier look at Jerry Lewis in light of his close relationship to Richard Belzer. Highly recommended.
Thought about burning my monthly credit on this one for a coupel months...then did it. OMG, I should have done it much sooner. The book would be a 4 star with most any narrator but having Mr. Shaffer himself read it (act it out for us?) is amazing. Not to be missed.
Fantastic story that is so much more than playing for David Letterman.
I now believe Paul is a comedian that works as a musician.
He does a great job as narrator
If you're a musician - you'll love this, if you like music (or even if you don't) you'll love it as well. The whole idea of hearing about the comedy and music business from the 60's through today is great - hearing the stories through the voicing of the author was really priceless!
I'm a jerk for not appropriating Paul throughout all of these years while living in NYC. I've had every opportunity to watch his incredible talent; and am forced now to spend the rest of my years in regret.
If his performances where half of his in this audio book, I'm a snuck. I'm a snuck.
Wonderful story. Wonderfully written and left me wishing he had another 70 years to write part two.
A must get!
I loved the inside stories and the insights, in general, that Paul Shaffer unveiled in this book! Highly recommend listening!
Loved it. The narration was wonderful and it totally met my expectations. I wanted to know what it was like to live through those years, and really admire Paul and his vast knowledge of all music.
Don't think it hasn't been an little slice of heaven, 'cuz it hasn't.- Bugs Bunny
The story, Mr. Shaffer's wealth of stories and asides about his road to becoming a musical and comedy legend.
The premise and title of the book are explained immediately and hilariously.
He is a gifted writer, he was good hearted about his choice of stories (I am sure he could have written a scathing tell-all but he chose the higher road) and was not politically correct nor ashamed of describing his faith and his love for people.
1000 percent better than Bossypants. It is more detailed, less irreverent and didn't try to be funny. It was much more respectful in tone to the reader.
He is an amazing narrator. He should do more books. His years in entertainment, his sense of timing (both musical and comical) can be heard in every minute. As he describes in his book, he has a keen ear, and I really think that helped him do a great job instinctively.
It isn't a laugh a minute, because life isn't a laugh a minute. You just may cry at times.
Of course, since he is hilarious, he did many of his own old comedy bits and uncanny impressions of well known celebrities.
His memories of John Belushi, his memorial service and his memories of his parents.
I wish I could stand David Letterman anymore or I would have found out about this book a few years ago. I used to love him before he became political.
Paul's book is not political AT ALL.
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