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The Danny Gans Story: The Voices Inside My Head

by | 16th, October 2009

voices-cover THE death of Danny Gans never made a big spalsh in the mainstream media. But the death of Gans, a Las Vegas stalwart, by iatrogenic means continues to occupy the thoughts of Anorak’s Man in LA . He reviews the latest news:

Danny Gans’ autobiography makes its official debut in bookstores today– the same day that Garth Brooks will announce he’s starting a long run at the theatre left vacant by Danny Gans’ death.

The Voices In My Head arrives five months after the Las Vegas headliner died of an overdose of the powerful opiate hydromorphone, also known as Dilaudid or “drugstore heroin.” Gans’ ghostwriter-turned-cowriter RG Ryan tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal what he told Tabloid Baby last month: that the book will not address Gans’ drug use (or his ownership of a pharmacy supply house), but that “readers may get an idea from the book about why he took them”:

“Gans sustained several injuries over the years that caused him long-term problems, including an ankle injury that ended his dreams of becoming a major league baseball player, surgeries, two car accidents and a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.”

The paper says the book “spans more than 50 years, beginning with a brief history of how his parents met and closing with a chapter about how Gans came to be headlining at Encore after a long tenure with The Mirage.

“Much of what’s addressed in the book– Gans’ love of baseball, his Las Vegas resume and even his inspirations– won’t surprise readers who are familiar with the entertainer, co-writer Ryan says. But Gans told his story in a way that will enable people to understand what drove him to be the ‘man of many voices’ and a longtime Las Vegas headliner.”

Ryan says he met Gans while exercising at a local gym 13 years ago,and that he proposed the idea for the autobiography over coffee in May 2008. The book, told in Gans’ voice, was based on 15 hours of recorded conversations that Ryan transcribed and shaped.

Despite Ryan’s insistence that he

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