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Publisher's Summary

From Paul Shaffer, lifelong music junkie, hipster, and longtime leader of David Letterman's band, comes a candid, endearing, hilarious, and star-studded memoir of a life in-and love of-show business.

How does a kid go from a remote Canadian town at the tip of Lake Superior to the bright lights of Broadway and a gig leading the band on Letterman? This book is Paul Shaffer's answer to that question. From playing seedy strip joints in Toronto, to his first legitimate job out of college-which found him working with future stars (and friends) Gilda Radner, Martin Short, and Eugene Levy-to being first musical director of the nascent Saturday Night Live and helping to form the Blues Brothers, to being onstage every night with Dave and playing with the greatest musicians of our time, Shaffer has lived the ultimate showbiz life.

Now, in this hilarious, entertaining, and candid memoir-in which he dishes on everyone from John Belushi and Jerry Lewis to Mel Gibson and Britney Spears-Paul gives us the full behind-the-scenes story of his life, from banging out pop tunes on the piano at the age of 12 to leading the band every night at the Sullivan Theater.
©2009 Paul Schaffer; (P)2009 Random House

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Mandatory Listening!

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!!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeffrey
  • Flushing, Michigan, United States
  • 01-30-12

Better Than Expected

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This one's a keeper...

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.

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  • Karen
  • Monroe, MI, United States
  • 12-19-10

Enjoyable

Just a feel good book, everything positive, and that was a nice change of pace. Paul has led the perfect showbiz life.

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  • graham
  • edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 02-08-10

Great history lesson on pop culture

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

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  • Steve
  • Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • 11-22-09

Really enjoyed this audiobook!

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!

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Oh you WILL enjoy this book!

What a surprise! I loved everything about this book. Paul Shaffer kills it. Such a great book and equally great performance.

I was never a Paul Shaffer fan until I read this book.

Paul, I'm sorry. And if I ever bump into you in NYC. Drinks are on me.

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Excellent book!

I loved the inside stories and the insights, in general, that Paul Shaffer unveiled in this book! Highly recommend listening!

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Loved it Paul, thank you for sharing.

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.

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Unsung Showbiz Hero

What did you love best about We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives?

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.

What other book might you compare We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives to and why?

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.

What does Paul Shaffer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.


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

His memories of John Belushi, his memorial service and his memories of his parents.

Any additional comments?

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.