Street Player

Street Player

My Chicago Story

Book - 2011
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The inside story of Chicago, one of the most successful and enduring rock bands ever

With their distinctive blending of soulful rock and horn-infused urban jazz, Chicago has thrilled music fans for more than forty years with their lyrical brilliance. In this no-holds-barred memoir, legendary rocker Danny Seraphine shares his dramatic--and often shocking--experiences as the popular supergroup's cofounder and longtime drummer. He reveals behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Chicago's beginnings as the house band at Los Angeles's legendary Whisky A Go Go, where they were discovered by music icons Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, and personal insights about the group's many comebacks and reinventions over the years.

Offers a lively inside account of the music and history of the perennially popular band Chicago, one of the most successful American bands ever with over 122 million albums sold, by the band's cofounder and longtime drummer Danny Seraphine Includes riveting tales and rare photographs from Seraphine's time on the road touring with performers including Dennis and Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Bruce Springsteen Candidly tackles many rumors about Chicago, including Mafia ties, accounting and payola scandals, and major drug abuse Discusses the mysterious circumstances surrounding Seraphine's 1990 firing from the band as well as his comeback with his critically acclaimed new band, California Transit Authority

Whether you're a diehard Chicago fan or just love a well-told rock-and-roll memoir, Street Player will entertain and surprise you.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. :, John Wiley & Sons,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780470416839
0470416831
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 S481S
Characteristics: viii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Adam X.
Chicago (Musical group)

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mickie_4
Nov 05, 2017

I've known Danny in passing since I was a kid. He was always a nice guy when I was working at Demon Dogs.

I was personally disappointed in the hooker stories, myself. Being female, they strike me as objectifying women. I don't recall any of it being R-rated, though.

He's a very difficult drummer to emulate. As much jazz as rock, but probably more so, he was very fast and accurate in a very large Slingerland drum kit (big kits are harder to play fast because the pieces are bigger).

He does have a great deal to say about how to get good. A very good storyteller, I suggest his YouTube videos (see "The hair piece that saved my life") and instructional videos.

For further study, see Kenny Aronoff (80's hit, "Sunglasses at Night, John Cougar Mellencamp... and he plays Al Pacino's drummer in the hilarious Danny Collins film)

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bradenbost
Mar 15, 2011

A quick, easy read of an engaging and fascinating rock n' roll story.

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Mar 15, 2011

bradenbost thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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