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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (284 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Shaffer, David Ritz Narrator: Paul Shaffer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781415967065
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From Paul Shaffer, lifelong music junkie, hipster, and longtime leader of David Letterman's band, comes a candid, endearing, hilarious, and star-studded memoir of a life in-and love of-show business.

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 twelve to leading the band every night at the Sullivan Theater.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Very entertaining. . . . Tremendous fun. . . . It will delight [readers] looking for persuasive evidence that making music for a living is every bit as cool as it seems. The New York Times Book Review
  • A true show-business dignitary. Vanity Fair
  • I love this book.  Paul tells great stories about the great people of music, stage, television, and film. . . . This book is like a leisurely dinner spent listening to stories from the hippest guy at the table.  We’ll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives is endlessly entertaining. David Letterman
  • John had Paul, Mick had Keith, I have Richie.  And Dave?  Well, he has Paul too.  No, not Paul McCartney.  He has Paul Shaffer!  The man has seen it all, not as some fly on the wall but at the center of the storm.  We’ll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives is a swinging read.  The anecdotes will make you wish you were here. Jon Bon Jovi
  • What a guy. Julia Roberts
  • An hysterical ride with the hippest musicians of the last thirty years and with the coolest tour guide imaginable.  If grammar and spelling aren’t your thing, this book’s for you. Martin Short

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 2/20/2014

    " This book was enjoyable, a nice walk down the life of Paul Shaffer. I really liked his retelling of his SNL days (and right before with his Godspell friends in Canada), but I do with there was even more Late Night & Late Show stories. He is a swinging cat with a good life story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keri Leach | 2/17/2014

    " This book ended up being nothing what I expected! He talked more about his life in the earlier stages than anything. I was expecting small stories about his life on Letterman and stories on the stars he has had encounters with. This was not at all what it was. It was more stories of how he got started and the women he slept with. I would say this book was bad, but it for sure wasn't my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Scian | 1/30/2014

    " The man's instrument should be horn, `cause he sure likes to toot the hell out of it...some interesting anecdotes, nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Rausch | 1/24/2014

    " Surprisingly entertaining. I was impressed with how much he's seen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Kennedy | 1/20/2014

    " Didn't know a lot about Paul Shaffer and found it was an interesting read. I'm sure he could have told more stories but you do have limited time for your audiences. I didn't realize that he was so connected in the music industry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lew Rose | 1/18/2014

    " Paul Shaffer has had a very interesting life in music and this book just scratches the surface. It is chock full of funny stories. All are great and you get the feeling that he kept some of the best out of the book. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/16/2014

    " Not a great book, but a fun, easy read about music and show biz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Goldstein | 11/18/2013

    " This was a great way to read an autobiography because Mr. Shaffer wrote the entire book as if he was talking personally to the reader. And hearing about all the areas of entertainment he worked in prior to his time with David Letterman I found varied and interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Knitnosh | 10/22/2013

    " Just could not get into it...read about 100 pages or more, but it just seemed to be more of the same - while I could hear his voice in the writing, there was not enough to keep me reading... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 9/1/2013

    " I have a new appreciation for Paul. You see where his comedic skills were developed at an early age as well as his passion for music. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 8/24/2013

    " A great showbiz auto-biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 7/7/2013

    " What a fantastic inside look in the world of celebrities! From his roots in Thunder Bay, Canada to the calling of the neon lights of New York, this was a hoot to read. If you like Paul Shaffer, or if you're an aspiring musician, or if you just like a good story, you have got to read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bgouldmsu Gould | 5/24/2013

    " Great insight to a great musician. He's had a great life. I loved hearing his anecdotes and glad to hear that his parents supported him in his musical quests. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madelyn | 3/1/2013

    " NOT AS GOOD AS I HOPED IT WOULD BE. BUT WAS AMAZED AT ALL THE PEOPLE HE HAS MET ETC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Scarlet | 1/7/2013

    " Paul Shaffer is a living legend. I didn't know that going in, but I'm sure he is now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/29/2012

    " Great show-biz stories! Paul has led a fascinating life, and it was great to read his take on it. I am tempted to get the audio version just to hear him tell these stories in his own voice! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 9/15/2012

    " Neat book. Paul tells a good story. The librarian snorted when I took it out (I gather he's not a fan) but I enjoyed the stories. It was like spending time catching up with a friend even though I've never been able to stay up for Letterman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Barreca | 7/30/2012

    " How a rock and roll fanatic from Canada became music director of Saturday Night Live and the David Letterman Show. Lightweight bur fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Dullum | 1/15/2012

    " Terrific. Full of show business stories, just the way we like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 1/9/2012

    " Learned how Paul Shaffer accomplished. Typical celebrity biography. Ho Hum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meganatimmons | 1/1/2012

    " I really loved this book! My Dad just finished it and loved it too! It's all about Paul and his many moments meeting various music and comedy stars throughout the years. A quick read-it was funny, endearing and I could appreciate the moments where Paul met his musical heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 12/30/2011

    " He writes with humor & modesty and tells the insider's version of the last 30 years of music & comedy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Stewart | 10/4/2011

    " Paul Shaffer knows famous people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 5/8/2011

    " Didn't know a lot about Paul Shaffer and found it was an interesting read. I'm sure he could have told more stories but you do have limited time for your audiences. I didn't realize that he was so connected in the music industry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 3/1/2011

    " Neat book. Paul tells a good story. The librarian snorted when I took it out (I gather he's not a fan) but I enjoyed the stories. It was like spending time catching up with a friend even though I've never been able to stay up for Letterman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 2/18/2011

    " I've always liked Paul from wathching him on David Letterman, but this book was a little disappointing. It jumped around a lot, and it didn't feel like the individual stories had much depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lew | 12/19/2010

    " Paul Shaffer has had a very interesting life in music and this book just scratches the surface. It is chock full of funny stories. All are great and you get the feeling that he kept some of the best out of the book. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meganatimmons | 11/30/2010

    " I really loved this book! My Dad just finished it and loved it too! It's all about Paul and his many moments meeting various music and comedy stars throughout the years. A quick read-it was funny, endearing and I could appreciate the moments where Paul met his musical heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 7/13/2010

    " This was a great way to read an autobiography because Mr. Shaffer wrote the entire book as if he was talking personally to the reader. And hearing about all the areas of entertainment he worked in prior to his time with David Letterman I found varied and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/1/2010

    " Not a great book, but a fun, easy read about music and show biz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adela | 3/17/2010

    " Listened to the e-book as read by Paul which was fun b/c he did voices! I love his devotion to Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and his hipster lingo that he uses in homage to them is very fun. Good stories about the Blues Brothers Days, SNL, Gilda Radner, and the Letterman show, of course. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 3/3/2010

    " A fun and easy read, with loads and loads of show biz anecdotes. Enjoyable if you like Paul Shaffer (and I do). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 3/1/2010

    " He writes with humor & modesty and tells the insider's version of the last 30 years of music & comedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bgouldmsu | 2/18/2010

    " Great insight to a great musician. He's had a great life. I loved hearing his anecdotes and glad to hear that his parents supported him in his musical quests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 2/18/2010

    " I took my time with this book, it's funny and sweet and I didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/1/2010

    " What a fantastic inside look in the world of celebrities! From his roots in Thunder Bay, Canada to the calling of the neon lights of New York, this was a hoot to read. If you like Paul Shaffer, or if you're an aspiring musician, or if you just like a good story, you have got to read this! "

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About the Author
PAUL SHAFFER has been David Letterman's musical director for the past twenty-seven years. He also co-composed "It's Raining Men."  DAVID RITZ has cowritten memoirs with, among others, Ray Charles and Don Rickles. He also co-wrote Sexual Healing.