Born in 1957 in Deptford, south London, Danny's first job after dropping out of school at the age of 15 was in One Stop Records, a small record shop in London's West End, frequented by Elton John and Mick Jagger, a store rather like the one in High Fidelity. His career in print journalism began in 1976 when he co-founded the fanzine Sniffin' Glue leading to an offer from the New Musical Express, where his first job was as a receptionist. Soon after, Baker was contributing regular astute articles, reviews and later interviews to the publication. Danny then began making 30-minute documentaries at LWT for the cult series 20th Century Box, and appeared in two television commercials: Daz washing powder and Mars bar chocolate. His stellar career on the radio began on BBC GLR in 1989, then moved to BBC Radio 5 where he presented sports shows including the ground-breaking 6-0-6, which still influences the media's approach to criticism of players, managers and referees.
He also worked on BBC Radio 1, back to BBC GLR, Talk Radio and later on Virgin Radio. On his return to BBC last May, Danny won 'Sony Radio Personality of the Year' and appeared on Desert Island Discs last July. Six months earlier he had gone public on his cancer and chemotherapy treatment, and thankfully all seems well.
Danny Baker currently presents a weekday show at BBC London 94.9, which features phone-ins and discussions with his on-air team regarding music and entertainment of the 1960s and 1970s, and a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 5.This book charts Danny's showbiz career, the highs and lows, and everything in between, including the accusation that he killed Bob Marley...Read by Danny Baker.
©2012 Danny Baker (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
"The best one I have heard so far"
Often very funny as you would expect, but also thought-provoking and nostalgic with just the right attention to detail. I have been a member of audible for quite a while now and I get through lots of audiobooks. This one is the best so far, by a long distance. If you enjoy his radio shows I would be very surprised if you didn't enjoy this. And this is one where I am absolutely certain that the audiobook version is preferable to the paper version, because it is narrated by Danny Baker himself. Very highly recommended.
To many Danny is a bit of a Marmite guy, but love him or loath him this is one of the brightest autobiographies I have listened to. His cavalier attitude to not only money but his entire outlook to life is not only refreshing in the extreme but also funny to the point of hilarity.
There are some great characterizations of not only his close family but many of famous people he's had the good fortune to rub shoulders with. I can't wait for the next installment. Tick VG Danny!
"Baker's Doesem good!"
I bought this book knowing little about Danny and not really caring who he was or what he got up to. A friend encouraged me to take a listen and, as it turns out, I loved this audiobook! He writes in a very accessible was and has a jovial and very enjoyable style of delivery (almost as if he talks for a living ;-) ). He's been there, met them, done that and probay got & lost several t-shirts along the way (along with a very special shirt). I can't wait to hear the next installment so GET BACK TO THAT LAPTOP DANNY!
"Keep it coming Danny"
Great autobiography - his writing and narration is as lucid and fun as he is on the radio.
This is an early years story that takes us up to the time when he began to become a household name. Danny's outlook on life is refreshingly optimistic which makes this a hugely enjoyable, whimsical listen. I look forward to volume 2.
"An interesting listen on a life lived to the full."
I can't say I have ever been a fan of Danny Baker or his radio shows, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. His optimistic take on life is quite refreshing and his dad sounds like a wonderful character. It does get a bit heavy on name-dropping at times, but that's understandable considering the people he has worked with during his career.
"Bloody honest aint he"
What a funny book, I cannot believe quite how honest Danny Baker is (honestly what a nasty thing to do to Kate Bush!) and every time he does Spuds voice I hear my Old Dad as he pretty much said the same thing, Cant wait for the sequel
"Excellent book read by Danny"
Interesting and very funny insight into the world of the music business and of life as Danny was growing up in the East End.
I would recommend this listen to anyone interested in the music business or just looking for a very funny listen.
"Going to Sea in a Sieve"
I wasn't sure about buying this as I never listened to Danny on the radio, but after a few chapters I was gripped. His fathers attitude and Danny's impersonation of him is so funny, especially the Jimmy Tarbuck story. Had me laughing out loud at work (in a very quiet office!). A great positive chap that makes you want to go for a pint with, Top listen. Well Done!
"A trip down memory lane"
For those of us around Danny's age or older, this is a captivating trip down memory lane.
Rather than glorify the past, I think Danny hits on just about the right level of rose-tinting on his glasses. It helps to be from southern England (or at least an Anglophile) to relate to some of the stories.
Danny Baker's memories are enhanced by his entertaining delivery. His Father is brilliantly depicted. The stories of the music industry are fascinating. He is a littled too pleased with himself at times but I suppose that is who he is.
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