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LIFE by Keith Richards: Best Listen Ever // Marc Maron Should Get This Guy on His Podcast

TalkBooksWorld.com LIFE Takes Audie Award May 24, 2011: New York based pop singer and songwriter, Joe Hurley, who narrated the critically acclaimed “LIFE” with Keith Richards and Johnny Depp, accepted the prestigious Best Audio Book Of The Year Award at tonight’s 2011 Audie Awards Ceremony in New York City. “LIFE,” the audio book released by Hachette Audio, captures the rock-n-roll spirit and life of Keith Richards and is narrated by Hurley and award winning actor Johnny Depp. The Audio book has won accolades since its release including New Yorker Magazine, Amazon’s Best of 2010, Publisher’s Weekly and numerous celebrities…

During a recent week long road trip, I listened to Life by Keith Richards. The audio book is twenty CDs in length, unabridged. I thought it was start-to-finish terrific. I finished it in five days. Felt sad when it was over. Life is one of those books you never want to end. I guess in a way it won’t because Richards’ story is one that will stay in my head forever. Hurley and Depp’s narration are deserving of the Audie Award. Keith Richards narrates the last few chapters himself.

Probably as much for his partying reputation as for the way he made music, I’ve always idolized Keith Richards. After reading Life, I’ve come to admire him more. There is no doubt Keith Richards epitomizes the label rock star. Listening to him tell his story makes me believe there is nobody more deserving of that moniker. Deserving not because of any (perceived or real) life style, but because of his dedication for making great music. Richards’ love for what he calls Chicago Blues is as obvious coming off the page as it is infectious when you hear that sound. Keith Richards had a gift to share with the world. And share it he did.

Another man with a gift (his for comedy and interviewing people) Marc Maron mentioned Keith Richards’ autobiography on one of his recent WTF Podcasts. “Man did we misjudge this guy” was his observation. My thoughts completely. Maron says he’s reading Life slowly. “Like it was the Bible. Don’t want it to end.”

There is a reason I mention Marc Maron while writing about Keith Richards. I thought of him while watching Jimmy Fallon’s interview with Richards on Late Night May 10, 2011 (clips on Hulu). I hate to be critical of Fallon’s interview skills but I would just say this of that interview. I know Richards speaks in a slow drawn-out-slurry English accent but… Let the man talk. What the fuck? He’s written a ton of great songs. He wrote a book. He is off the smack. He’s not retarded. Probably not Fallon’s fault. Blame TV talk show format and limited amount of time but it sure would be nice to hear somebody have a conversation with one of the greatest rock stars of all time without censorship or time restraints. Which is what made me think of Maron.

OPEN LETTER TO MARC MARON: Please have your people get in touch with Keith Richards’ people. Ask Richards if he would be willing to sit down for an interview. Surely there are plenty of similarities between musicians and comics when it comes to achieving greatness. Plus like yourself, Richards is a guy who is obviously not afraid of being honest. We know he has great stories. I bet some of them are what-the-fucking funny. Do it.

Comedy is Pretty Sometimes

From the Buffalo Chip Newsletter (follow the link to read and subscribe), May 3, 2011: In every Playboy Magazine Playmate Data Sheet, the models always say their turn-ons are men with a sense of humor. Comedian Dwight York, found the axiom to be true with two lovelies he found wandering about the Chip in 2010. Dwight will return to the Buffalo Chip Comedy Club this year. He’s the new master of one-liners and would make Henny Youngman and Rodney Dangerfield proud. By the way, there are always lovely ladies hangin’ out at the Chip. Bring your cameras.

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Krystin and Charity will be returning this summer. Make your reservations now. I will introduce you around when you get here.

Courageous or Crazy?

When I first began my blog, I was a bit concerned I wouldn’t be able to come up with enough cool stuff to write about. Those doubts were put to rest when I realized I didn’t need to chronicle only current events. I’ve been at this game for twenty-two years. I have plenty of stories to tell. Today I’m sharing a favorite from last summer’s adventure at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It’s about a big biker I met named Tiny and his impression of watching me do comedy on the Buffalo Chip’s main-stage between Tesla and Hinder back in 2009.

I met Tiny outside the Buffalo Chip Comedy Club. He and other campground guests were waiting to be interviewed by Pee Wee Herman. I was hanging around just in case somebody wanted to talk to me. Pee Wee was at Sturgis to film a segment for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It’s my guess that somebody from the front office asked Tiny if he’d stop by. No doubt Pee Wee wanted to talk to some menacing looking bikers.

Tiny has been working backstage concert security at the Buffalo Chip for over twenty years and is one-hundred-percent genuine bad-ass-biker. Although if you talk to him, he seems to have a gentle nature, Tiny is an imposing figure and carries himself like a guy who is used to getting respect. He got it from me. I felt very tiny talking to him. Mostly I just listened.

Tiny sat at a table with me while waiting to be interviewed and shared a few great stories. A couple of these I think it prudent of me not to retell but I want to give a brief synopsis of one because it paints such a great picture. Tiny has a coyote tail attached to his vest. Before wear-and-tear and time had taken its toll, the entire animal’s skin was sewn onto the back, complete with head-baring-fangs resting on the shoulder (great conversation starter). Tiny ran into this particular coyote one night on his motorcycle. He was lucky to survive the encounter. The coyote was not.

When we first began talking, Tiny said I looked familiar but couldn’t recall from where. He mentioned this a few times during our conversation. Twenty minutes later it dawned on him. “I remember you from last summer,” he said. “You were on the big stage. One of the big nights. Telling jokes.” As Tiny spoke he gave me a look of recognition. I’d also like to believe it was one of respect because he added, “That took a lot of guts.” Hearing took a lot of guts from a guy who knew a thing or two about exercising courage gave me such a rush of testosterone that I could almost feel the hair growing on my chest. Of course I can’t really know for sure if he meant this as a compliment. For all I know he may have thought I was just fucking nuts.

To watch that segment filmed for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno follow the link: Pee Wee Herman at Sturgis. Tiny makes an appearance at 2:45. It originally aired Aug 10, 2010.

Buffalo Chip Comedy Club

All part of the “best party anywhere” Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground; Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Pandora Launches New Comedy Service

This past Wednesday, the Internet radio service Pandora (80 million registerd users in the U.S.) launched a new comedy service. I was informed that my material is part of their new launch catalogue. I am happy to hear this news. Seems like yet one more cool new way for people to listen to stand-up comedy.

As the  New York Times explained in their Wednesday edition: Since it began six years ago, the Internet radio service Pandora has changed the way millions of people listen to music online. Now the company wants to do the same for comedy.

To sign up visit: http://www.pandora.com/#/. There you can listen to one of the several new comedy stations or you can even create your own. If you want to hear clips of mine you can bookmark my page (I think that’s how it works). You don’t even have to feel guilty. They pay royalties: Dwight York discography on Pandora. 

I wish my new friends at Pandora success. Thanks for having me on!

24/7 Radio’s Featured Comedian of the Week

This Monday thru Friday (May 2- 6) I am the “Featured Comedian of the Week” on 24/7 Comedy Radio

If you haven’t yet heard of 24/7 Comedy Radio, you do not live in Kansas City. If you do not live in Kansas City (or in one of the other four markets), I predict that 24/7 Comedy Radio will be on your radio dial soon. Last Fall The Donkey Comedy Network launched this new all-comedy radio station and it’s gaining listeners fast.

24/7 Comedy Radio is the first short-attention-span, fast-paced, hits-oriented, mass-appeal comedy radio format for terrestrial radio. I believe it’s arrival is long over due. Sunday night I talked to George Gimarc, Founding Partner of the Donkey Comedy Network and Ops Director for 24/7 Comedy Radio. We had a long conversation. He was excited to share his vision. I am excited to be part of it.

If you are in Kansas City (or are lucky enough to be in one of the other radio markets that currently carry this cool new station) you can hear me throughout the day (and night) all week long. Or you can listen online 24/7 Comedy Radio.

Good luck to my new friends at 24/7 Comedy Radio. Thanks for having me on!

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