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Grumpy Old Rock Star: and Other Wondrous Stories [Format Kindle]

Rick Wakeman

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Around about August 1948, Mr and Mrs Cyril Wakeman had an early night and some time later, at Perivale in Middlesex, Mrs Wakeman produced a bonny baby son. They named him Richard, but he quickly became known as Rick.

Rick was a likeable little fellow who had a talent for the piano and for making trouble. Music became Rick's life - he joined a popular music group called Yes and became a legend. Much later he became a Grumpy Old Man who appears on Countdown, hosts a hugely popular radio show on Planet Rock and performs a one-man show telling stories about his rather extraordinary life.

Which is where this book you are holding comes in. Mr Wakeman is simply one of the great storytellers of our age - let's face it, he has some fabulous material. It seemed a shame that some of the funniest yarns should not be more widely known. So he accepted some cash and here we are.

Curl up by the fire with a Grumpy Old Rock Star and your nearest and dearest. We defy you not to want to read it aloud and laugh.

Biographie de l'auteur

Rick Wakeman is the most gifted keyboard player of his generation, as at home on stage at a rock concert as in the organ loft of a great cathedral. As keyboard player for the 70s supergroup Yes his extraordinary live tours and multi-million-selling albums are legendary. He has also appeared on Top Gear achieving a lamentable lap time of 1.55.26.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 224 pages
  • Editeur : Preface Digital (28 août 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Snapshots from a life lived largely in excess 6 septembre 2010
Par B. I SIMPSON - Publié sur
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I was most familiar with Rick Wakeman from his various tenures in Yes; he was the keyboard wizard whose hands flew impossibly fast over the ivories. He's also done a number of solo albums, some of which sold in the millions during the 1970's, and I'd heard some of those, as well as his work as a session musician (particularly for David Bowie).

So I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I bought this book on impulse. Well, it's largely memoir (though it's not at all chronological) with several stories of growing up as a music-mad youth, lots of rock-star excess, troubles with touring in various countries, and the assorted aside dealing with the serious. You don't find out much about the making of the many classic albums in which he participated, though you do get some nice portraits of the other musicians. (No mention of Lisztomania either!)

What the book really is mostly, though, is utterly hilarious. I laughed out loud at numerous points, far too many to recount here. If you've any interest in Mr. Wakeman's music, this will illuminate it from another side.

There's a mention of one gig where the power failed, and Mr. Wakeman took it upon himself to tell jokes to the audience for forty-five minutes until it was restored (though this story has a punchline of its own). I can well believe he had the audience eating out of his hand.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Prog rockers can have fun too 7 mars 2011
Par Michael Reich - Publié sur
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If you set your expectations, this book is one of the funniest accounts of the rock and roll life that you will read. Minimoog devotees looking for insight into Wakeman's musical influences and gear will be disappointed. But this man can tell a story, and he has a lot of them, all of them surprising coming from one of the forces behind one of the most cosmic and spiritual rock bands ever. From his early experiences driving to gigs in a car with no brakes, to roadies taking revenge on Yes' overly ornate stage setup, to a fancy dinner with Keith Moon that ends very characteristically, this book had me in tears many times. Rick doesn't ignore the consequences of his hard-drinking ways either, and when he expresses gratitude (and surprise) that he's still alive after so many years of excess, we feel the same as he does. Grumpy Old Rock Star paints a picture of a man who has lived a life doing what he loves, and if there's a part of you that wishes you could live the life of a hotel room-trashing rock star who also happens to be one of the most talented keyboardists in rock, this book is for you.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Hilarious read! 15 mai 2011
Par Alex - Publié sur
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Never let it be said that this book is particularly engrossing, intelligent or even long. Its a series of short (presumably true) stories in the life of keyboard extraordinaire, Rick Wakeman. And it was hilarious, probably one of the funniest books I've read since I started reading the books Jeremy Clarkson put out. As a big Yes/Rick Wakeman fan, I enjoyed the quirky take on the life as a 70s touring guy. But even if you're not a fan of that whole scene, you'll still probably get a good laugh out of it. If I had to give it some criticism...I'd say it could have been longer, possibly combining the two books (2nd one I ordered after reading the 1st one) into one larger book. I give it 4 stars
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great birthday gift for a friend 26 août 2011
Par Kerry G. Davids - Publié sur
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I ordered both of Rick Wakeman's "Grumpy Old Rock Star" books for a friend who is also a fan of Rick Wakeman. He wrote that the really liked the books and RW is a great story-teller. There were times that he burst out laughing during the train commute and people were trying to figure out what was so funny.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Yes? No. But great fun nonetheless! 1 mars 2013
Par James David Reyome - Publié sur
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If you're looking for a, "I was born in...lived here at...met so-and-so..." sort of a tome, you're in the wrong place. A pity in part, inasmuch as I would like to have read Rick Wakeman's description of his early days in Yes, and some of the tumultuous times which followed. But I suppose there are other books for that sort of thing.

No, this is not so much a biography as it is a series of anecdotes from keyboard maven Wakeman's life and career, and some of them will just leave you speechless. A lot of times I was shaking my head, wondering how he has managed to stay alive so long, but as a fan I'm glad he did! The stories about trips (sans documentation!) to the Soviet Union and South America are riots, as is his description of King Arthur on ice...yes, you read that right! I have loved that record for years and always wondered what possessed Rick to present it as an Ice Follies kind of show. Now not only do I know the why, I wish I'd been there to see it!

There's more he could be telling, obviously; this book only takes you so far...that's what the SECOND book ("Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star", naturally) is for, and I will be looking for a copy of it. Till then I shall have to be content in finally knowing how they created that amazing waterfall sound in "No Earthly Connection" without electronics...and, mentioning that, I feel the need to pee...

Fans of Wakeman will eat this stuff up. Just plain folks will love the inner details of the life of the Rock Star. Highly recommended.
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