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Rick Wakeman
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7 May 2009

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.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848090056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848090057
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Grumpy Old Rock Star is a collection of never-before-told stories from Rick Wakeman's amazing life, from ordering a curry on-stage to how he ended up with the earth from around Che Guevara's body in his shed.

About the Author

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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Wakeman 30 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I read this one cover to cover and laughed all the way through.
Wakeman is a great story teller.This is a man who could keep you
entertained not only by his maestro musical status but his sheer talent
in writing entertaining books.
The book shows a side of Wakeman most people don't know.
He often appears unapproachable when performing behind his banks of keyboards,
He appears to be a down to earth person who would light up a room whith his
fun loving and charming personality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stories from a master teller of tales 12 Jan 2010
By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Whenever they were discussing someone who was good at telling stories my parents used to say `they couldn't half tell the tale'. Anybody who has seen Rick Wakeman on TV would surely agree that he can't half tell the tale. The long blonde haired, bizarrely attired keyboard player from prog-rock group Yes has transformed himself into TV personality partly because of his pleasant easy-going nature but mainly because he is a brilliantly entertaining story teller, and after years on the road as a rock musician he has a great many stories he can tell.

This book is Rick Wakemans first collection of his stories and if any book sounds like it will be a sure fire winner, this is it - and it doesn't disappoint. Chapter after chapter Wakeman tells us of his misadventures, both as a struggling musician performing in pubs and clubs for a few pounds and then as a rock superstar playing in large arenas all around the world. Many of the stories are outrageous and some are a bit naughty but nearly all are very funny.

Although not particularly intended to be autobiographical (he only briefly touches upon his off-stage life) we also learn about his legendary drinking exploits - he admits his drinking capacity was championship level - which finally led to him being told that he wouldn't last six months if he didn't pack it in, which he was able to do with no withdrawal problems whatsoever.

This is a very good read then. It put me in mind of an extremely long after dinner speech; only the best, most entertaining after dinner speech anyone is ever likely to hear.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny 12 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
From the first chapter about the "Russian Dolls", its just a rollercoaster of laugh out loud yarns. Loved it, and like the previous reviewer, I cant wait for the next book to arrive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By c
Format:Paperback
just like to say it was a really good read and i cant wait for the next book.thanks Rick it was great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By jcmacc VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wakeman is a brilliant story teller and, with decades of the rock n roll life under his belt, plenty of hilarious stories to tell. From the flatulence and "trouser incidents" inherent from the poor diet of the gigging muso, to the scrapes with authority touring the old Eastern Europe to accidentally showing a porn version of Snow White in a German family restaurant, all of the perils and pitfalls of rock n' roll are here, plus some new ones he invented.

Although "grumpy" in the title, the book is anything but (it's just a cash-in title to link with Wakeman's Grumpy Old Men apperances). Frankly Wakeman was always slightly too fun to fit totally into Yes and the rest of the uber-serious Prog Rock movement, which is why he ended up accidentally ordering a take-out curry during a gig which he ate in one of the "dull bits"!

Hilarious, with plenty of genuinely laugh out loud bits. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny read 1 July 2011
By Alien
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent written book .It is funny and informative so you will never get bored with Rick's adventures.I only wish there would be more in it about his musical encounters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great read 10 Oct 2010
By geolegg
Format:Paperback
Having purchased Rick's second book first I coudn't wait to get this one and it has proved to be even funnier than his second book.All the humour and pathos is there in abundance.I hope he does a third.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy Old Genius 7 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good ol Rick! Just as funny as he is in the Grumpy TV series. 'All hoodies should be shot on sight he recently proclaimed' Easy to read, gallops along. I was at the Palace gig where he performed 'Journey' - you'd never have known he was about to flake out! Great stuff from a bygone age of the real rock bands. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Full of interesting and funny stories.
Published 2 days ago by r j thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars Devoid of wit style or grace this is a dull book written by a yawn...
Devoid of wit style or grace this is a dull book written by a yawn inducing millionaire trying and failing miserably to be zany and funny.
Attrocious. Avoid.
Published 7 days ago by Jeffrey Von Realist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So funny a good read
Published 7 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Much better than your usual Rock autobiography. Enjoyable read.
Published 8 days ago by Mr. R. Pilch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny book a great read
Published 21 days ago by alan broadrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well packaged and speedy delivery…definitely recommend, thank you 
Published 23 days ago by MRS annette lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars A smile a page
Rick Wakeman has led a wild and charmed life, the book is a delight and I hope he is as he comes over in the book, warm, kind, funny and remarkably down to earth considering his... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mr. R. Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book.
Such a good holiday read. Loved to read the amazing things Rick Wakeman has got up to and the scrapes he has got out of. What a wonderful man.
Published 1 month ago by Diane Cumberworth
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read from start to finish
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was full of laugh out loud moments in every chapter.
I would have liked a bit more info on Ricks personal life as well as his on the road... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pammie R
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Hilarious!!!
Doesn't matter if you know RW or Yes at all... the book is amazingly funny and I've been handing it round to all my friends to read!
Published 2 months ago by Liam Gaughan
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