Publisher's Summary

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
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5 out of 5 stars
By Janine on 12-07-2016

absolutely the best audio book ever!

This is absolutely the best autobiographical audio book I have ever heard! Best Value ever!

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5 out of 5 stars
By AMY on 29-10-2014

Best storyteller!

Would you consider the audio edition of Going to Sea in a Sieve to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Danny Baker is such an engaging storyteller. If he read the phone book, he could it interesting.

Which scene was your favorite?

The story about the shirt that Mark Bolan gave to him was priceless. And any time he quote his father.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both laughed and cried...but mainly laughted, a lot!!

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this audio book and I can only hope that he will do one for his second book "Going Off Alarming".

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 17-04-2014

Mouth of a docker life of a rocker

Would you consider the audio edition of Going to Sea in a Sieve to be better than the print version?

This is definitely better than the print version as hearing Danny Baker read it adds the full force of his personality to the book.

What other book might you compare Going to Sea in a Sieve to and why?

This is similar to 'Cider with Roadies' by Stuart Maconie. Not sure how either of these will play with a US audience as these are both UK-centric personalities but I would give both a go.

What about Danny Baker’s performance did you like?

I like the way he managed to evoke growing up in London without rose-tinted spectacles or a Vaseline covered lens. This is no misery memoir just a celebration of a time when there were few TV channels and journalists used typewriters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Mouth of a docker life of a rocker

Any additional comments?

Highlights include Danny Baker's recollections of working in One-Stop records and dealing with celebrities like Mark Bolan and Elton John and tales of owning the most intelligent dog in the world. Can't wait for the next volume

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alison St Pierre on 14-09-2014

Great insight into living through the 60s and 70s.

A great cultural reference of life as a young person in the 60s and 70s. A selection of witty stories that celebrate the fun and innocence of growing up in a simpler time. Some really interesting tales of well known 70s superstars pre stardom and a great argument for the security developments that have since reduced the potential fiddles that a cash business has historically suffered. A good read!

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5 out of 5 stars
By IR on 07-12-2012

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.

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