Going to Sea in a Sieve: The AutobiographyHardback
- Publisher: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
- Format: Hardback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 30mm | 558g
- Publication date: 6 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0297863401
- ISBN 13: 9780297863403
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 97,110
Comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter Danny Baker charts his 30 years in showbiz. 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 groundbreaking 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...
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Danny Baker is an English comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter. He currently presents daily on BBC London 94.9 and a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live. For more, visit Danny Baker's website at www.internettreehouse.co.uk and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/prodnose.
Joie de vivre, this Teflon spirit, is the engine that drives this memoir...Indeed, throughout this tome, Baker doesn't so much drop famous names as fire them at you with a cannon for seemingly no other reason than to amuse and entertain with top-notch anecdotes... This book is a hoot, buzzing with Baker's impressive recall and nuclear-strength warmth and humour. Going to Sea in a Sieve emerges not only as a portrait of Baker the individual, but also as a hymn to bygone times that is as affectionate as it is brutally unsentimental and hilarious. The perfect read for anyone interested in music, football, media, British cultural history, or indeed just having a really good laugh. -- Barbara Ellen THE OBSERVER Like its author, Baker's book is garrulous, preening, self-mocking and funny. It's as rattling to read as it evidently was to write. In the proud Baker tradition, it's a bit of a knockout. -- Stephen Smith NEW STATESMAN These memoirs, which cover his childhood and early career burst with warmth and encounters with the famous, from Marc Bolan to Kate Bush. BELFAST TELEGRAPH An instant ray of sunshine in these dank days of winter. METRO Witty, sharp and hilarious, it's like you're chatting with a mate in the pub. METRO A beautifully written memoir THE INDEPENDENT Baker writes as he speaks, with honesty and infectious joie de vivre. SUNDAY EXPRESS Rollicking first instalment of the life story of the broadcaster, covering his childhood in southeast London's Deptford and working as a pop critic and a 'yoof-for-hire' on TV. SAGA Reading Baker's memoirs feels a bit like flying transatlantic with an irrepressibly garrulous stranger...the alacrity and invention of his mind is obvious. -- James McNair Mojo I'm 50 pages into Danny Baker's Going to Sea in a Sieve and it's making me bark. -- Caitlin Moran The Observer Books of the Year 2012
Danny Baker is one of the most recognisable voices on British radio. Working as writer, presenter and broadcaster he has seen, as an insider, much of what has come to pass in British popular culture both in music and TV for over 30 years. Now, Danny tells his own story. Born in 1957 to a boisterous working-class family in Deptford and leaving comprehensive school at fourteen he traded a rich, if hard-edged, upbringing for an almost immediate, if accidental, life in London's (very) fast lane. In Going to Sea in a Sieve, the first volume of his memoirs, Danny explosively and honestly recalls the extraordinary roots of his long career. From the lie of being David Essex's brother and the myth that he killed Bob Marley, to real-life dealings with Marc Bolan, The Clash, John Lennon, Elton John, Tommy Cooper, Spike Milligan and, most famously, Michael Jackson. Danny Baker's autobiography is a wild and wildly funny take on the collision between an incident-packed British childhood and a wild rock-and-roll youth. By the time his life in TV comes along, the Deptford boy had well and truly been around the block. "I think these years," he says, "are why I never bought a big red car in my 40s or have never envied a single soul." Some people knuckle down and plan their life's voyage. Just a few will recklessly go to sea in a sieve...