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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 Guy Pratt (P)2011 Guy Pratt

Critic Reviews

“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)

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Best book on Audible by a bass player!

Would you consider the audio edition of My Bass and Other Animals to be better than the print version?

Yes I guess so because it has some additional information that the written edition does not have (I think)

What did you like best about this story?

Funny stories from the music bussiness

What does Guy Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

The author does a good job reading the book

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Everything to do with basses, I'm a bass player myself

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Ankit Mathur
  • 07-13-17

Should be names Guy Pratt's rock and roll stories

Excellent stories, great renditions (hilarious imitations of rock celebs. I loved the Madonna impersonation). This book is a riot!

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  • Brian
  • 01-21-17

It's not what you know....

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Enjoyed this, Guy Pratt comes over as a bit of a winker but at the end of the day, he's played bass for Pink Floyd and you haven't, so, fair play! You'll enjoy this if you like Rick Wakeman's style and humour - certainly doesn't take itself too seriously and Guy has some good stories that hit the right balance between being funny and honest without being sensationalist. Worth a listen for classic rock fans.

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  • Joe Marcus
  • 01-15-17

Enchanting

A rip roaring full energy romp through the life of one of the worlds most prolific and respected bassists. Well written, well read and quite the most entertaining 7 hours I've spent in a long time. The perfect blend of irreverent recollection and blindingly accurate observations. With so much drink and drugs involved, it's amazing Guy remembers any of it, but the stories are full bodied and for anyone interested in music who lived through the 80s and 90s, this is a must! Heff.

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  • Mad Jeff
  • 08-03-16

A Great Listen!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I almost did!

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I know someone who has worked with Guy Pratt who assures me he is every bit as entertaining in the flesh as he is in his book!. Packed with funny anecdotes of the highest order it's a great insight into the world of the jobbing musician and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone wether they have an interest in the behind the scenes world of the musician or not. I think anybody would find this book a great listen as I did.

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  • Jonathan
  • 07-28-14

Adventures with Guy in Musicland

Where does My Bass and Other Animals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a fun listen. Easily consumed and full of anecdotes

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Bass and Other Animals?

It's full of memorable moments

Which character – as performed by Guy Pratt – was your favourite?

Guy is Guy - 'nuff said

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If I could think of a catchy one here I'd be charging royalties

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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.

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  • V. A. Smith
  • 07-08-13

Great read

Would you consider the audio edition of My Bass and Other Animals to be better than the print version?

Yes - especially as the author reads it, you get all of the nuances that he intended.

Have you listened to any of Guy Pratt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • Grammath
  • 11-01-11

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.

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  • Michael
  • 07-13-11

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