Street Player

  • by Danny Seraphine
  • Narrated by Rick Zieff
  • 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Chicagos 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 groups 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 bands 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.

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A Story of "Chicago" worth reading...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone who grew up listening to Chicago, particularly the seminal CTA and Chicago II and III (and, of course, the unforgettable Chicago IV Live at Carnegie Hall) would appreciate this perspective of Danny Seraphine, the uniquely talented drummer who gave the band its distinctive rhythm. The title, "Street Player" doesn't have the cachet to describe Seraphine's extraordinary and intelligent drumming/


What did you like best about this story?

Learning, for the first time, just how important Terry Kath was to the foundation of the band's sound; as much as I loved the brass arrangements (having played in a Chicago/BS &T cover band during the early '70s), Seraphine is generous in the credit he gives to Kath's gifts as a lead guitarist.


What does Rick Zieff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Zieff's performance (excuse the pun) hits all the right notes. It's easy to forget that it isn't the author speaking directly to the listener/reader.


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- David

Finally . The story comes out.

Refreshingly honest. No victims or villains. Just people being people. Great historical context. Highly recommend for any fan a a truly great , extremely underrated band !
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- john a flora

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2013
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company