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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Rob Rausch | 1/24/2014

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

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