Paul Shaffer—born and bred music junkie and longtime leader of David Letterman’s Late Show band—opens up in this candid, endearing, hilarious, and star-studded memoir. From playing seedy strip joints in Toronto, to being the first musical director of Saturday Night Live and helping to form the Blues Brothers, to being onstage every night with David Letterman and playing with the greatest musicians of our time, Shaffer has lived the ultimate showbiz life. Now—dishing 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.
About the Author
From the Late Show with David Letterman
David Ritz is the author of the acclaimed novels The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn and Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat. He is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Book of the Year Award. He's also co-written the memoirs of many celebrities.
“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