Rick was a likable little fellow who had a talent for the piano (and for making trouble), and music became his life. Later, he joined a popular music group called Yes and became a legend.
Much later, he became a Grumpy Old Man who appears on Countdown, hosts a hugely popular radio show on Planet Rock and performs a one-man show telling stories about his rather extraordinary life.
That's where this book you comes in. Mr Wakeman is simply one of the great storytellers of our age - let's face it, he has some fabulous material. It seemed a shame that some of the funniest yarns should not be more widely known. So he accepted some cash and here we are.
Curl up by the fire with a Grumpy Old Rockstar and your nearest and dearest. We defy you not to listen and laugh.
©2008 Rick Wakeman; (P)2008 Random House Audiobooks
A great and funny listen, mostly in fairly short chapters that are ideal when driving to work. I find myself driving slower in order to listen a little longer.
Rick narrates his life that could have gone so wrong like many other talents have but so far has come out on top. Long may it continue.
I am not a fan of his music but this book makes him a favourite author, let's hope for more.
One of hte best books ive downloaded, made me crack a few belly laughs as well as some seriously interesting stoaries about ricks life !
Rick Wakeman is good value! You're always in for a great time when he shows up on radio and TV. This was one of the most enjoyable author-read audiobooks I've heard in a long while. Sequel, please!
I'd like to say that I'm high brow but most would say I'm low brow. Fact is I'm no brow at all.
Yes, I would definitely listen to Rick's stories again because my family love them too; they're great driving stories.
I liked his frank and funny memoiries since catching him on Grumpy Old Men. Just seems a very personable and normal person who could have been even more well-known for his incredible talent as well as his keyboard playing. The fact that he isn't better known doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest.
That's the one thing I though might have been better if he'd got a professional narrator in. Ricks voice was a bit samey and I think I know why he doesn't sing.
It made me laugh out loud in parts. The story about the stadium venue tunnel is brilliant.
Can't wait for more of Wakeman's books to become available on Audible. He's a national treasure only one you'd like to go to the pub with . . . orange juice all round, of course.
Great read/listen, grew up in the 70s when the music business was a powerful industry. Rick Wakeman is not only a super talented musician but equally talented story teller. Highly Recommended!
"This Curmudgeon's favorite "Grumpy Old Rock Star""
Absolutely! Why would anyone NOT want to hear Rick's own voice reading the book rather than hearing some silly professional narrator or random VIH (Voice in Head) stumble through such a flavorful text?
Didn't you read my answer to your first question?!
Not really "laugh"-- more like "chortle." An occasional "guffaw."
Ok, maybe more than once I ended up like Uncle Albert (from Mary Poppins... not the Paul McCartney one), splitting a gut and gasping for breath. Not for the timid, this book
As the "Corner Office Curmudgeon," if not a "Grumpy Old Entrepreneur," I'm at least known as a "snarky Uncle Horace" to many a tech start-up founder and the VC community. And yet I found virtually NOTHING to complain about!
Well, get off if my lawn anyway!
I'm a proud, if a bit gruff child of the 70's and prog rockaholic myself, Rick Wakeman has always been an enigma who in his later years has been reborn as a radio/TV etc. celebrity and has ended up yes (no pun intended) reminding me of snarky Uncle Horace indeed.
Settle in for a spider web of interconnected quirky stories delivered by a grand storyteller and legendary contrarian non-conformist who always seemed to be at the center of near mythical calamities and bizarre going-on associated with the excess of the time and place. I imagine many, many a late night pub outing (non-alcoholic, of course) could be filled with his banter. Should be good for three or four more books, at least.
Can't wait for the audio version-- nothing else will do-- of the author reading the sequel. Until then I guess I'll just have to be satisfied to follow the Premier League and catch another ARW gig.
But if that fat ol' geezer chick with the faded Strawbs T-shirt that was "sitting" in front of me at the last show is there again and spends the night on her feet dancing (more like shuffling) and blocking my view of the "stout" fellow wearing a cape playing keyboards, I'll have to thump her boney head and tell her to squeeze back into her seat. Same with her reed-thin middle-aged companion (who despite all logic, reason and conceivable imagination appeared to be her daughter with a permed, slightly less gray hairstyle) wearing a Union tour tee tied into a halter top.
Sheesh. No respect for elderly, let alone the music. Kids these days..
"A real hoot"
Quite enjoyable this one was, and an entertaining presentation in the reading by Mr Wakeman himself. I wish there would be another installment on Audible by Wakeman at some point.
"Wasn't a Rick Wakeman fan, until now!"
Absolutely. This is one of the funniest books I have ever "read". Rick's life and bizarre experiences are beyond belief. What a life! And his storytelling style is spot on for the material.
Drinking airplanes dry.
Probably smuggling Soviet captains uniforms out of Russia.
This is a book that anyone would enjoy. Even if you aren't a Wakeman fan, even if you don't like Yes, or prog rock, you will love the craziness of a life beyond anything you could imagine. Booze, money and a Keith Moon-like personality make for some interesting moments. And yes, Keith Moon does thrash a restaurant in this book.
"Entertaining vignettes from a charmed life."
Only book I've read by Rick
Wakeman does a fine job narrating bringing his autobiographical stories to life. Some insights into the Yes years but mostly a series of short stories about his career. Fun stories from another era.
"No comparison with Keith or Eric"
I was so looking forward to this listen as it came highly recommended;however I think my friend had read it rather than listened to it. Rick does himself a huge disservice by reading it himself. He isn't a natural reader and his delivery is irritating. He also is just not funny when he's reading passages he obviously thinks should have us rolling in the aisles.I gave up after His Russian escapade.Rick should have kept to his day job.
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