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Grumpy Old Rock Star: and Other Wondrous Stories
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2009
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
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
on 12 August 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 11 August 2010
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have liked Rick Wakeman's music since I was about 16, so it was interesting to see what this brilliantly gifted musician had got up to over the years. Basically he seems to have indulged in drunken and uncouth misbehaving, with the occasional bit of drunken and uncouth well intentioned behaviour that did not turn out as intended. In this his first volume of tales from his life he has touched upon some extremely funny incidents and with the help of his ghost writer has told them in a very funny way. I loved the tales, even whilst tut-tutting at some of the more borderline criminal activities he and his mates engaged in. I must be getting old and fuddy duddy because I can maybe understand why the wives weren't always that impressed with his "work hard, play hard" rock 'n' roll approach to life, but I suspect that it goes with the territory and the kids seem to have turned out OK, unless anyone knows any different? I loved the second volume too, so now I'm eagerly awaiting the third one and who knows, maybe I'll buy it in hardback at a book signing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2010
This has to be one of the funniest books I've read in a long time.
Some of the stories that Rick mentions defy belief. There were some moments in the book where I was crying with laughter. He definitely has a way with words.
Needless to say, I have bought the next book (Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star) and that doesn't let up either. Do yourself a favour, if you're in need of a good laugh, buy both - you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2010
Rick Wakeman is a musician who can bring you in another dimension just by telling a story or even just an anecdote.. I guess people looked at me weird on the tube when I suddenly laughed on my own while reading the book. I enjoyed this book more than I have enjoying reading in a long time. Getting the following book soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2010
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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I very much enjoyed this and went through it in one sitting. Be warned, it is a very short book (200 pages in the hardback I read) so the content is great but you may have to question the value for money aspect.

These are tales from Rick's many adventures and tours when he and various bands tourded the world and got up to all sorts of drink related nonsense, grown up kids really, but very entertaining.

Rick was a heavy drinker and not one for listening to authority but in the 70's he was a big star and had some fantastic opportunities and experiences he shares with us here, no autobiography, more the sort of tales you would tell over a pint or two "go, on tell them about the time we...." kind of thing. He comes over as a very nice guy, not in the least self obsessed and he really has had some very entertaining experiences.
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