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My Bass and Other Animals

By: Guy Pratt
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Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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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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Brilliant stories

I was recommended this book from a friend, who like me, loves music, now I have to confess I am not a huge Pink Floyd fan and had never heard of Guy Pratt but was told this would make no difference to my enjoyment of listening to Guy's rise from session musician to base player in one of the worlds biggest bands and how he would go on to play with many other international singers and bands.
I took a punt and bought the audio book, what a great recommendation this turned out to be, it does not matter if you are not a fan of the many artists he has played with, Pink Floyd, Maddonna, Michael Jackson, Ice Works, Brian Ferry, Bowie etc etc you will soon be drawn into his world of touring, writing and generally having a great time doing something you love, you will soon realize that this man who you may not have heard of is a fantastic comedian, song writer and artist. I have also booked to see him live in one of his One Man Shows and look forward to his follow up book, highly recommended.

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I Should Have Gone To Bed Two Hours Ago

I had no idea that Guy Pratt had played on so many records I spent þime listening to. There are also the acts I'd never heard of and loads of great stories about working with Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, Coverdale-Page and Power Station.

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Bite-sized entertainment

A thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable listen. For me there is always a bonus to be had by the narrator and the author being the same person. This is basically a series of amusing anecdotes, making it easy to dip into when the mood takes. Aout the life and times of a touring and session musician with connections to our music heros along the way.

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Excellent book, great stories.

Really funny anecdotes, well read from the author.
Nice to hear Guys career told in this funny book.

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Fantastic

Brilliant narration by the author. Interesting stories and a brilliant David Coverdale impersonation. His Jimmy Page wasn’t too shabby either. Didn’t want it to end. Always a good sign.

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Not just Pink Floyd's bassist

I used to enjoy listening to Guy Pratt's radio show on Planet Rock so thought I'd give it a go. He was also the post - Waters bassist for Pink Floyd, of which I am a big fan.
I also imagined the author would be squeaky clean - fast from it.!
What I learned is that he's played on songs you'll be very familiar with but we're probably unaware of. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bryan Ferry to name a few.
I was a little underwhelmed with Guy's performance initially as it feels like he's simply reading from a sheet (yes I know he actually is) , but stick with it as he warms up nicely and does a great job

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Excellent

Heard the author on Bigmouth podcast and purchased. Not disappointed, great listen, very entertaining and well worth purchasing.

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Just perfect

So then, I bought Guy’s book when it first came out, read it and loved it being an avid Floyd fan and tech head so when I was perusing Audible for something to listen to as I was in the car the audio version seemed like it might be a good idea. Understatement! Guy’s delivery of his book is masterful, there are plenty of laugh out loud moments that are made all the more laugh out loud able because of the delivery.
Guy does what all good audio book readers do and that was draw you into their world, strange I now consider him a mate !!

I can heartily and hastily recommend this audio book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in Guy or Floyd, you won’t be disappointed in any way

Cheers Mr P , when’s the next volume due??

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Wonderful instantly took me back to the late 80's

Superb book. Excellent stories and delivery. Great insight in to the life of one of my bass playing heroes. Amazing he's still alive! Hi

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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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  • Fjolnir
  • 12-03-12

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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  • Ioan Bogdan Ciocsan
  • 27-06-19

funny and interesting

A very interesting audiobook for any rock / music fans. I know Guy from his Pink floyd / David Gimour days, but had fun listening to his stories about Icehouse and Jimmy Page. I do hope the man had stopped drinking though if he read his own book which would be suficient evidence that it does one no good

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  • ZUrlocker
  • 01-05-19

Great tales of rock and roll excess in the 80s

Although I was not familiar with Guy Pratt, I certainly knew many of the bands he played with: Icehouse, Robert Palmer, Robbie Robertson, Pink Floyd to name a few.

This book’s genesis is from a series of life/stand up performances that Pratt did telling his stories of life as a rock and roll Road dog. That said, as a conventional autobiography it starts a bit slow as you learn about Pratt’s upbringing, first bass, first band etc. As Pratt's career takes off, the store is become quite funny. There were times when I was in stitches due to the materials as well as Pratt’s wonderfully dry English delivery. The stories about Pink Floyd are hilarious. Pratt also is very entertaining in his American and regional English accents

For bass heads or other musicians, the last chapter includes a full rundown of just about every bass, guitar, amp, and effects pedal that Pratt has owned. This is a great book and an awful lot of fun. But if you are bothered by stories of drug taking or drink, probably best to skip it.

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  • Ted Ulrich
  • 19-03-19

One of the most amusing rock memoirs I’ve experienced.

The book starts a tad slow (most of these memoirs do), but gains momentum in pace with Guy’s experiences. Once it’s up to steam, it will have you rolling, especially if you’re a performing musician and even more so if you’re a bassist. The perspective on the later years of Pink Floyd are especially valuable to Floyd fans.

Guy does a decent job narrating it, lending his own flair to his words rather than someone else trying to do so. He can be a little dry at times, but he’s a bass player and that’s a common thread among us.

Note that if you’re not familiar with English humour and slang, some of the jokes and stories may go over your head.