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The Autobiography

The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Johnnie Walker
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'Heart-rending' -- Daily Mirror

'Very good on what it was like working on the pirate radio ships and how Walker built up a rapport with his listeners'
-- Daily Mail

'Walker writes beautifully' -- The Times

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Johnnie Walker is an inspiration. One of the best-known and most beloved broadcasters in Britain, the charismatic BBC Radio 2 DJ has achieved legendary status with a hugely loyal following thanks to his tireless pioneering of new music, his warm and passionate personality and his soothing voice.

Having thrown away the rule book as a teenager, Johnnie has always made decisions from the heart. As a result, he has had a brilliantly colourful life, with more ups and downs than a rollercoaster ride. He made his name in the 1960s when he and Radio Caroline, where his night-time show was essential listening for 86% of radio listeners, continued broadcasting in defiance of Government legislation. In 1976 he walked out of Radio 1 because of his outspoken views and his insistence on playing album tracks. He made front page news when he described the Bay City Rollers as 'musical garbage' and when he was caught snorting cocaine.

In his memoir, he reveals all about his time with Radio Caroline, his drug addiction, his fight against cancer and his spiritual awakening. Honest, passionate and humorous, his autobiography will provide inspiring and entertaining listening to his million of fans.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1646 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9FKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than you realise 4 Aug 2007
Having known him only as the voice of Radio 2's Drivetime and in short a bloody good DJ I was amazed at reading the 'real' life of Johnnie Walker. I am a 60s and 70s music and entertainment nut and bought this book on a whim principally to get a new first hand account of that era.

I was pleasently surprised by Johnnie's amazing history. The passages concerning his attempts to gain work in the states are probably the best written. Reading of his treks from state to state with his small son reminded me of a classic Hollywood tearjerker just waiting to be filmed.

Candid, in depth and no holds barred, Johnnie isnt afraid to put his hands up to being a prat at times, unlike some authors who take the autobiog route; and his recollections of drug abuse and his inability to be happy are all honest. Likewise his honesty regarding his beliefs and faiths are also refreshing. His fight with cancer is covered well, largely by his wife Tiggy, I sense for the man himself, this is still to raw to fully confront.

If I have one complaint its that a little more may have been covered regarding his showbiz circles, there are several pictures of him hobnobbing with rock stars throughout his varied career yet little tidbits regarding them. But that is all.

In short, an engrossing read, bought on holiday and read in one day.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Radio daze. 12 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
This audiobook,although abridged, is a riot.Read by the author in his own unique style this is almost an alternative early history of radio's important role in the formative years of the British music industry.From its noisy,but optimistic first two decades,to the multi faceted corporate machine of today, and from payola to playlists Johnnie Walker has something interesting to reveal about it all.Single minded,and occaisionally meglomaniacal,the author bares [nearly]all for his public.

Littered with laugh out loud anecdotes,concerning amongst others,customs officers,the Bay City Rollers,and the late John Peel,the author conveys a real sense of fun and irreverence throughout the first two discs,changing the tone somewhat dramatically after his move to the U.S.A in 1976.The authors decision to read his memoirs gives this set a welcome familiarity ,and despite many difficulties,the confessional nature of some of the subject matter becomes a little easier to listen to.

Johnnie Walker has seen all that the music industry has to offer,has had serious health scares,yet it is his optimism,and slightly world weary love of life that makes this release so rewarding.My only real suspicion is that there was probably more than a few stories left out to protect other guilty parties,and this is a shame for the more voyeuristic amongst us.However there is still enough, sex,music,and "class A" naughtyness to keep the listener amused,and that coupled with a spirited reading from the author is quite probably enough!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend That Is Johnnie Walker. 7 July 2007
By G. Hall
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like other reviewers, I too have been a fan since the Radio England/Caroline days, and have followed Johnnie through his long and varied career, and throughout the book, he comes across as the mate you always wanted to have - I consider him a friend after all these years. I was a member of his fan club in the Caroline days, so successfully run by his mother from their home. It comes over from Johnnie that his family was so important to him, there were times I had to stop reading the book, tears in the eyes and a lump in the throat. Many highlights in the book, the pirate days were my favourites, and he speaks with passion about those days too. Highly recommended to anybody with the slightest interest in the music business, perhaps we may get further books from Johnnie, some of the stories of the artistes he met and toured with would be most welcomed. 'Legend' is often a word that gets over used these days, this is the only way to describe the one and only Johnnie Walker, long may he grace our radio waves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Johnnie Walker has always been a favourite DJ of mine, certainly with regards to his radio personna, his interviewing style, and his choice of music. I certainly haven't been lacking in knowledge of some of the less savoury details with regards to the revelations concerning Johnnie's private life either, but i never thought for one moment his life had been so turbulent as portrayed in this autobiography, and one is tempted upon reading it to see Johnnie from a totally new perspective - he's certainly a far more complex person than his laid back, affable on air personality may suggest, although in saying that that's possibly pretty true of most DJs.

In fact Johnnie's life seems to have been pretty turbulent certainly from very early on, and especially since he took on the role of radio DJ, conventionality and a willingness to cooperate rarely being an option for him, and he does ultimately portray himself as nothing short of an out and out rebel. His constant questioning of authority, especially with regards to his various bosses at numerous radio stations appears to be a recurring theme, in addition to always appearing to take the most drastic measures when not getting his way which was ultimately to walk out of his various jobs. Add to this a suicide attempt, an ill fated period living in the US, the loss of his family through his uncompromising behaviour, in addition to allegations he was a drug pusher and pimp, and within this book there's rarely a dull moment. And just as everything seems to be becoming settled he becomes stricken with cancer!

Actually, there is an enormous sense of clarity in Johnnie's recounting, and despite such drastic events taking place on a regular basis, actually the events are recounted in a very non sensationalised way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Johnnie Walker MBE
One of the, if not the best music related autobiography I've ever read, and I've read a few.
'Johnnie Walker' really has lived a very different life than what I had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martyn Jones (Shakey)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent delivery - loved the book
Excellent delivery - loved the book, remember his radio show well (he made me late for work when I lived in London - cos I was listening to his show). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ann Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I really enjoyed reading this book, lots of interesting episodes, some of which I was aware of, others I wasn't. If you're interested in DJ's .. Music .. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frances Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book made me laugh out loud, smile and cry, also write a review, something a book has never moved me enough to do before!
Published 3 months ago by Barry Peter Stubbles
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
Really enjoyed this book. Grew up with Johnnie on the radio but didn't know too much about him. Very inspirational. Seems a thoroughly nice man :)
Published 3 months ago by stephanie nugent
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who has ever enjoyed listening to Johnnie Walker on the...
For anyone who has ever enjoyed listening to Johnnie Walker on the radio this book is an absolute must-read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Shorland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Kyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Did n ot enjoy this book, I do like Johnnie walker but just couldn't get into the book, sorry
Published 5 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational insight into one of the UK's best loved DJ's.
I bought this book in hardback at the Hay on Wye festival when it was first released and Johnnie Walker was a guest speaker. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julie Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
I was a dj and johnnie Walker lived the kind of life I would have wanted to have well done
Published 6 months ago by michael j milford
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