Street Player: My Chicago Story

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(Book). Here is 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 40 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

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Overview

(Book). Here is 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 40 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. 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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Drummer Seraphine, a founding member of Chicago, claims the band "always let the music do the talking." But now it's Seraphine's turn to blab. In his brutally honest memoir (the first by any Chicago member), Seraphine gives a lively insider's account of the music and history of a band that has sold more than 122 million albums. His stories–from the controversial departure of Peter Cetera; the band's multiple comebacks; and the hairpiece that saved his life one night in Nebraska, to the 1978 Russian roulette death of founding guitarist Terry Kath and Seraphine's own sacking by the band in 1990–will satisfy longtime fans of the band, whose famous logo often revealed more personality than its members. Despite an overreliance on cliché, Seraphine is a natural storyteller, recalling the early support Chicago received from Jimi Hendrix, how he almost came to blows with Janis Joplin, and the serious cocaine problem that gripped the band ("I considered coke a ninth member of our group"). He also covers his tumultuous childhood in a street gang and a tenuous connection to the Chicago Mafia, often naming names, and it's obvious that the wounds inflicted by his former band mates have yet to completely heal. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470416839
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 249,149
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Danny Seraphine

Danny Seraphine is a drummer and one of the founders of the hugely popular and enduring band Chicago.? He was with the band from their inception in the late 1960s to 1990. He currently records and tours with his new band,?the California Transit Authority.

Adam Mitchell has worked in television and film production in Los Angeles at 20th Century Fox and MTV Networks. As both a writer and researcher, he has contributed to fifteen books, including five New York Times bestsellers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Back to Chicago 5

2 The JPs 19

3 Jimmy Ford and the Executives 29

4 The Missing Links 39

5 The Big Thing 51

6 Hollywood or Bust 65

7 Making a Name 75

8 CTA 105

9 Chicago 117

10 Caribou Ranch 131

11 New B. Ginnings 141

12 Lyrics and the Blonde 155

13 Losing Terry 163

14 Picking Up the Pieces 171

15 Making Headlines 179

16 Out of the '70s 185

17 Into the '80s 197

18 Peter Goes Solo 209

19 The Hairpiece That Saved My Life 231

20 The Beginning of the End 237

21 Bad Moves 245

22 Evergreen Daze 257

23 Full Circle 269

Epilogue 279

Acknowledgments 283

Credits 285

Index 287

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended - One of the most honest books ever written by a rock star

    Legendary drummer Danny Seraphine doesn't disappoint with his riveting autobiography, "Street Player - My Chicago Story". Danny lays out his entire life, from the rough/tough "corner guy" growing up on the streets of Chicago, Illinois - to his musical breakthrough with musicians who would, along with Seraphine, go on to form "Chicago" - the 2nd most successful American band in history. Danny doesn't water down the drug and alcohol abuse, the women, the triumphs, and the tragedies that crystallize the Chicago story. Not only does Seraphine convey his story from the standpoint of the ultimate insider, he displays a devil-may-care attitude - probably due to his untimely and unfair firing from the band in 1990. Danny uses this book as his "coming to terms" with what happened to him as the result of devoting his life - 24/7 - to Chicago. Seraphine writes of how he was swallowed up by the industry in spite of his role as the unspoken leader of the group, receiving his walking papers when he, in fact, was responsible in so many ways for the band reclaiming success time and again when it had vanished before their eyes. He talks of bringing new blood into the band to replace legendary members who had left - like Peter Cetera, who moved on to pursue solo work, and Terry Kath, who accidentally shot himself in the head just before his 32nd birthday in January of 1978 - only to have these new members stab him in the back by being overly critical of his playing, in spite of the fact that he's one of the most legendary and influential drummers to have ever lived. Danny not only tells the whole story, he makes you feel what he was feeling at the time. He also shares many deeply personal aspects of his life, giving the reader a glimpse into the musical "bigtime" like few have ever done before. It's likely that his former bandmates won't be as thrilled with this book as you will be, primarily because he reveals many previously unknown facts about them as well - not so much in "expose'" form, but merely because his life is undeniably intertwined with theirs. "Street Player - My Chicago Story" is absolutely worthy of the 5 stars I have used to rate it. It's an easy read - you won't be able to put it down - I promise!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    I liked it. It is an easy read and has depth.

    Never really knew much about the band other than what you hear on the radio. This is an interesting story and worth reading.

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