They Call Me Baba Booey

They Call Me Baba Booey

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"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER Includes all-new ma-ma-material!ALL NEW CHAPTER: Baba Booey s Afghanistan Journal!and . . . the Shvoogie Buzzer story! One of pop culture s great enduring unsung heroes: Gary Dell Abate, Howard Stern Show producer, miracle worker, professional good sport, and servant to the King of All Media, tells the story of his early years and reveals how his chaotic childhood and early obsessions prepared him for life at the center of the greatest show on earth. "Baba Booey! Baba Booey!" It was a slip of the tongue that unfortunately was heard by a few million listeners but in that split second a nickname, a persona, a rallying cry, and a phenomenon was born. Some would say it was the moment Gary Dell Abate, the long-suffering heroic producer of The Howard Stern Show, for better or worse, finally came into his own. In "They Call Me Baba Booey," Dell Abate explains how his early life was the perfect training ground for the day-to-day chaos that comes with producing the most popular radio show on earth. Growing up on Long Island in the 1970s, the youngest of three boys born to a clinically depressed mother, Gary learned how to fend for himself when under attack. Obsessed with music, he listened with religious intensity to Casey Kasem's Top 40 every Sunday morning, compulsively bought 45s of his favorite songs, and nerdily copied the lyrics into a notebook. Music became an ordering principle to his life, even as the chaos at home got out of hand. Dell Abate s memoir sketches the trajectory from the obsessive pop-music trivia buff to the man in the beekeeper s mask who handily defeats his opponents playing Stump the Booey. We learn about the memorable moments in his life that taught him to endure epic bouts of humiliation and get his unique perspective on some of his favorite Stern show episodes such as the day he nearly killed the Mets mascot while throwing out the first pitch, or the time his mother called Howard s mother and demanded an apology. Hilarious, painful, and eye-opening, it s Gary as you ve never seen him before, telling a story that even Stern show insiders can t begin to imagine."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Spiegel & Grau
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white halftones, colour illustrations
  • 0812981898
  • 9780812981896
  • 889,282

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"Hilarious, sincere, and wrenching."--"GQ""Equal parts amazing and amusing . . . Fans will eat up the mortifying moments of [Dell'Abate's] twenty-seven-year ride with the wildly popular and influential Stern show. . . . But it is the stories of extreme family dysfunction that give the book surprising heart.""Dell'Abate [has] pulled back the curtain [and his fans] will be pleasantly surprised."--"Entertainment Weekly" "Gary's chronicle of how he developed the skills to survive a household shaken by both mental illness and the seismic shifts of the sixties, and of how he's applied those skills to accommodate Howard and the gang, is nothing less than fascinating."--Dr. Drew Pinsky "Following the simple plan outlined in this book, I lost fifteen pounds and became a happier wife and better mother."--Howard Stern "If you think your family is nuts, wait until you read this story."--Joan Riversshow more

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