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Grumpy Old Rock Star is a collection of never-before-told stories from Rick Wakeman's amazing life, from ordering a curry on-stage to how he ended up with the earth from around Che Guevara’s body in his shed.

Around about August 1948, Mr and Mrs Cyril Wakeman had an early night and some time later, at Perivale in Middlesex, Mrs Wakeman produced a bonny baby son. They named him Richard, but he quickly became known as Rick.

Rick was a likeable little fellow who had a talent for the piano and for making trouble. Music became Rick’s life – he joined a popular music group called Yes and became a legend. Much later he became a Grumpy Old Man who appears on Countdown, hosts a hugely popular radio show on Planet Rock and performs a one-man show telling stories about his rather extraordinary life.

Which is where this book you are holding comes in. Mr Wakeman is simply one of the great storytellers of our age – let’s face it, he has some fabulous material. It seemed a shame that some of the funniest yarns should not be more widely known. So he accepted some cash and here we are.

Curl up by the fire with a Grumpy Old Rock Star and your nearest and dearest. We defy you not to want to read it aloud and laugh.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781848090057

    June 15, 2009

    Preface Publishing

    224 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409050322

    September 1, 2010

    Preface Digital

    224 pages

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  • Audio Book

    9781846571503

    September 15, 2008

    Audiobooks

    RRP $49.99

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Also by Rick Wakeman

Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star

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