Street Player: My Chicago Story [NOOK Book]


Chicago has thrilled music fans for more than forty years with their musical and lyrical brilliance. In this no-holds-barred

memoir, legendary rocker Danny Seraphine shares his

dramatic, and often shocking experiences as the

supergroup's cofounder and longtime drummer. Whether

you're a diehard Chicago fan or just love a rousing rock-and-roll memoir, Street Player will engage,...

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Street Player: My Chicago Story

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Chicago has thrilled music fans for more than forty years with their musical and lyrical brilliance. In this no-holds-barred

memoir, legendary rocker Danny Seraphine shares his

dramatic, and often shocking experiences as the

supergroup's cofounder and longtime drummer. Whether

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

"As the band filed in, they looked like they had seen a ghost.? Their jaws nearly hit the floor.?They probably weren't sure if I would take the time to fly out to Los Angeles and attend the meeting . . . I closed the door and sat back down at the table.?One by one, I looked Walt, Robert, and Lee dead in the eye.?Jimmy turned out to be a no-show. 'Did you ever, in your wildest dreams, imagine it would come to this?' I asked them."
?from Street Player

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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: 9780470625736
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/23/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 415,347
  • File size: 5 MB

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



Chapter One: Back To Chicago.

Chapter Two: The JPs.

Chapter Three: Jimmy Ford & the Executives.

Chapter Four: The Missing Links.

Chapter Five: The Big Thing.

Chapter Six: Hollywood Or Bust.

Chapter Seven: Making a Name.

Chapter Eight: CTA.

Chapter Nine: Chicago.

Chapter Ten: Caribou Ranch.

Chapter Eleven: New B. Ginnings.

Chapter Twelve: Lyrics and the Blonde.

Chapter Thirteen: Losing Terry.

Chapter Fourteen: Picking Up the Pieces.

Chapter Fifteen: Making Headlines.

Chapter Sixteen: Out of the 70s.

Chapter Seventeen: Into the 80s.

Chapter Eighteen: Peter Goes Solo.

Chapter Nineteen: Hairpiece That Saved My Life.

Chapter Twenty: The Beginning of the End.

Chapter Twenty-One: Bad Moves.

Chapter Twenty-Two: Evergreen Daze.

Chapter Twenty-Three: Full Circle.



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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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