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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:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
Never really knew much about the band other than what you hear on the radio. This is an interesting story and worth reading.