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Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2010
Entertaining collection of anecdotes from on and off the road. Wakeman is easy to like, and many of his stories are very good indeed. As a few reviewers have noted, there are a few too many tales of showbiz chums thrown in, but this is still an engaging, easy read that feels fun and refreshing. Ideal for a plane or train journey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2010
This book can truly be termed a real hoot.There are very few rock artist bio's I have laughed out loud at but Rick's many anecdotes are very funny indeed.He also touches the darker side of his career namely his boozing making a good balance for the reader,nice one Rick,buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2011
Even better, if possible, than Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star. Read it at one sitting and laughed quite a few times while doing so. Hope he carries on with some more of these excellent tales.
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on 16 July 2015
I read the first book in this series (as Rick jokingly reminds us throughout this second helping, you can buy it here on Amazon, he even helpfully gives you the ISBN number ;) ) and then I found there was a second, I just had to download it to my kindle and read it.
Just like with the first book, I was laughing out loud and couldn't help reading out passages that particularly tickled me to my dad, who practically fell over laughing too

Rick spins a good yarn and I was completely engrossed in tales of a charity gig where everyone attending was given a bowl of cabbage curry (yes, really) which was swiftly followed by the rather dubious honour of being given a poem by a poet who never writes down his poetry (once again, yes. really), the absolute sorrow where he describes losing his father and giggled over his dilemma of telling his mother about the infamous 'Frankenstein/Thor' scene in Lizstomania. I could go on, but you need to read it all for yourself

In short, I laughed, I was saddened, I laughed again, I wiped a hand down my face in shared frustration, but mostly I laughed

Here's hoping he feels he's got a third book in him!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2013
I thought Rick Wakeman's First Book was Great!!! But the Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star is a Brilliant, Hilarious account of the situations that Rick has encountered in his career. Rick has his own brand and style of humour, which can draw you into the Stories, a great talent!
I can recommend this book! Easy Worth the Five Stars I have given it!!!
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on 16 September 2010
This is much the same as the first volume with some equally hilarious stories of Rick's adventures on and off the road.
However, the constant name dropping does get a bit wearing after a while, although I'm sure this isn't Rick boasting, it's just a fact of the sort of people he mixed with.
The only thing that lets it down is some bad editing - for example, he says his specialist subject on Mastermind was the Just William books but at the end of the story, he says his last specialist subject question was "What keyboard instrument was invented in the 2nd century" - don't remember that in any of the Just William books!
There are also a few bits of needless repetition and the writing is a bit stilted in places.

Having said that, it is still an excellent read and again makes you wonder how Rick (along with Keith Richards and Iggy Pop) has managed to still be alive after all that hedonistic excess. Perhaps, if you have so much fun (as Rick appears to), laughter does prove to be the best medicine
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Now a tee-totaller in his early sixties, the alcohol fuelled episodes in Rick Wakemans life, which he recounted in his previous book, Grumpy Old Rockstar are now a thing of the past. Nowadays Wakeman loves to indulge in a round of golf but never a round of drinks. This means that the stories he tells in this latest book are a little less anarchic than those in his earlier book, but they are no less entertaining.

Rick Wakeman has long been renowned for his ability to tell a good story and he doesn't let anybody down with this book. Included are many amusing tales about subjects as diverse as football, cars, DIY and Norman Wisdom but maybe the two funniest anecdotes are of a little courser nature; one is about the after effects of a dodgy curry and the other is about the subject that anybody who read the first Grumpy Old Rockstar book will know is one close to Wakemans heart - flatulence.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2013
I'd read the first book and thoroughly enjoyed it - a really good holiday read - so naturally was delighted to see a further book.And I love this one too.Light hearted, laugh out loud anecdotal stuff but full of natural warmth and charm.I'd love Rick to live next door!!
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VINE VOICEon 11 August 2010
This is a sequel to the uniformly funny "Grumpy Old Rock Star" and for the most part matches the original in daft, hilarious and odd stories from Wakeman's life in Rock n' Roll. By way of warning, this second book is a little more patchy with some ShowBiz luvvie anecdotes starting to get in the way of the really entertaining stuff.

As a general rule, anything here with a famous name involved will say how wonderful they are and how much they do for charity and anything involving less well-know people will tend to involve filth and (as per the first book) flatulence. Obviously it's the second type of story that tend to be hilarious and entertaining, while the celeb stuff starts to grate after a while.

Still an entertaining and funny book, just not quite reaching the sustained comic heights of the original.
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on 9 June 2010
I'm a huge fan of Rick Wakeman, and I gave the first of this series of titles a positive review. I also enjoyed this title as well, but slightly less than the first. I think the reason for this is that he's written more episodically, and jumps back and forth in time. So in one story he drinks heavily, and in the next, he's been teatotal for 15 years. This is a distraction from the very amusing stories.

However, that apart, it's still a very good (if light) read. If you like Wakeman, and you enjoy listening to his stories on stage you will love this. If you liked the first book, you will love this. However, it's NOT a biography, and to be fair it doesn't attempt to be.

Bottom line - fun, enjoyable, untaxing read about a great rock musician.
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