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How does a kid go from a remote Canadian town at the tip of Lake Superior to the bright lights of Broadway and a gig leading the band on Letterman? This book is Paul Shaffer's answer to that question. From playing seedy strip joints in Toronto, to his first legitimate job out of college-which found him working with future stars (and friends) Gilda Radner, Martin Short, and Eugene Levy-to being first musical director of the nascent Saturday Night Live and helping to form the Blues Brothers, to being onstage every night with Dave and playing with the greatest musicians of our time, Shaffer has lived the ultimate showbiz life.
Now, in this hilarious, entertaining, and candid memoir-in which he dishes on everyone from John Belushi and Jerry Lewis to Mel Gibson and Britney Spears-Paul gives us the full behind-the-scenes story of his life, from banging out pop tunes on the piano at the age of 12 to leading the band every night at the Sullivan Theater.
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By Steven H. Hurowitz on 10-15-09
If it were up to me, this book would never have been published in print. People who read it will have no idea what they are missing by not having Paul read it to them. His delivery is perfect and it is hysterical. Absolutely a must listen for any lover of contemporary culture and music!!
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By Jeffrey on 01-30-12
Better Than Expected
As the title suggests this book was a bit of a golden nugget. Usually authors don't make good readers but Paul Shaffer proves that untrue. Throughout the reading there is a sense of respectability toward his subject matter whether family or friends. Such a refreshing contrast compared to the ego-driven work of Sammy Haggar in "Red".
Best of all for me were the references to his SNL experiences of such; not to exclude a happier look at Jerry Lewis in light of his close relationship to Richard Belzer. Highly recommended.
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