Street Player: My Chicago Story

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Wiley, Sep 23, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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.

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I was hmmm 8th grade Catholic school in Chicago when CTA came out. I was not sure what to think originally but I did get hooked. Beginnings became the prom and wedding song for so long.,....and I became an adoring fan of these guys. My ex wife and I went to the memorable concerts those at aire crown, the old Chicago stadium and in Madison Wisconsin when Chicago 16 came out......I adored this book but not Danny's problems through his life. Thanks Danny S for the great drumming I still listen to.......and from the book telling me of "Little one" thank you a fellow Chicago guy ken 

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A very introspective book about the inner workings of the band Chicago. I found it somewhat self-serving, but most autobiographies are self-serving. It is a quick read and does not get into much depth ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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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