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Rock And Hard Places: Travels To Backstages, Frontlines And Assorted Sideshows [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Andrew Mueller

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29. Oktober 2012
Andrew Mueller is Australian by birth, a Londoner by choice, a wanderer by nature, and a journalist by profession. Unable to decide between being a rock critic, travel writer, or foreign correspondent, he hit upon the novel, if time-consuming, solution of trying to be all three at once. In "Rock and Hard Places," published originally in the U.K. in 1999, now re-envisioned and updated and available for the first time in the United States, he travels to Lebanon with the Prodigy, comes to America with Radiohead, and goes all over the place with U2. He ventures to Bosnia Herzegovina with an aid convoy in the middle of the war, sees Def Leppard play in a cave in Morocco, and attempts to ask the Taliban not only what they think they're up to, but who they fancy for the World Cup. He flings himself head first down the Cresta Run, sits in Stalin's armchair, chases ambulances through Moscow, chases some kind of lost tribe in India, wakes up at least once in a park in Reykjavik, and strongly advises avoiding the seafood salad in Sapporo Airport. He's funny. Occasionally he makes a point.
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Spending a night out in the former battlefields of Beirut wouldn't strike many people as their idea of a good time. But then, neither would going to see a Def Leppard concert in a Moroccan cave. Yet Andrew Mueller has willingly done both and somehow managed to see the humorous side. Rock And Hard Places, his first book, recounts his experiences in such far-flung places as Kabul and the Woodstock II festival. Throughout, he seems constantly amazed by people's ability to survive any hardship, whether they're caused by mines or mud.

Rock And Hard Places is half travel literature, half rock literature. In the spirit--and style--of American humorist P.J. O'Rourke, Andrew Mueller seeks out the world's trouble spots (and Nashville) in order to provide a frank report to the non-political reader. His common-sense outlook and innocence influence his observations, so that he is constantly asking "Why?" when faced with the absurdities of the wider world. He is at his best (and funniest) when he is able to direct this curiosity towards the locals.

When he's not charming militant fundamentalists, Andrew Mueller spends his time as a freelance music journalist. This book also collects a number of his interviews with some of the biggest bands of the moment, including Radiohead, U2 and The Prodigy. He is a talented interviewer, with a casualness and a sense of ease that enables you to see these bands as the collections of individuals that they are. --Robert Burrow -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Praise for "I Wouldn't Start from Here" "The best foreign correspondent of his generation." --P.J. O'Rourke "I am regularly lost. I ask people all the time for directions. They send me to places I never could have imagined . . . I usually want to enter these places when everyone else is queuing up to leave, oftentimes there's just one person in front of me, oftentimes it's Andrew Mueller . . . at the desk in the airport, or in the customs hall at the same counter as me, filling out a similar form. His face has the same expression every time . . . it's a very familiar expression: comic disbelief. He can't believe it's happened to him again . . . he thinks it's the poor directions, the road maps or the unkind stranger who pointed him here. And where is here?'s not that he likes to be lost, it's just that he likes the company of the lost. Be very careful reading this book." --Bono "A 21st-century original; a fresh, irreverent, wry and jovial jaunt of a guidebook around our violent and baffling modern world." "--The Guardian" "A gung-ho Candide with a taste for places it is wiser to avoid. . . the reports collected in "I Wouldn't Start From Here" are graphic, comic, bemused and properly contemptuous of faith and ideology." --Jonathan Meades, "Books of the Year," "Evening Standard" "An utterly "sui generis" report from the world's plague-spots." --Michael Bywater, "Books of the Year," "New Statesman" "A tour-de-force of hilarious, harrowing and ultimately enlightening reportage that will remind readers of the work of P.J. O'Rourke, Jon Ronson and David Foster Wallace." "--The Washington Times" "His sardonic, self-deprecating perspective makes for unstuffy company." "--The Los Angeles Times" "Peppered with trenchant observations that reflect a nimble, cut-to-the-chase practicality, Mueller's interviews with everyone from terrorist warlords to international peacemakers are refreshingly irreverent yet astu -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic 8. Dezember 2010
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I wanted to give the book a 5 star review (a) because it deserves it, and (b) to offset one of the uninformed reviews. The book clearly states it's a collection of his printed works stories. Yes a rewiew below knocks it for not being a novel, and the stories not tieing together. I don't know what in the product description lead that reviewer to believe it was a novel, but whatever. It's a great book. His other book "I Wouldn't Start From Here" is even better, and has updates to some of the stories in this book. I'd recommend reading both of them. Thanks.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Just fantastic 29. Mai 2011
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This is an utterly fantastic collection of articles - 20 years worth - of one self-described hack's experiences of touring warzones with rock bands. It's dry, it witty, it's hilarious. I love this guy's style, and for some reason the fact that he was born and raised in Wagga Wagga only endears him to me more. He's smart, he's savvy and the modern introductions to all the articles frame them all wonderfully. A very, very likeable, lovable book and one I'll be keeping and rereading. Mueller's brilliant
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Rock & Hard Places 23. März 2005
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I great read. Bought this book used from a bookstore in England via the net. It's in my re-read stack.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen More a Collection of Short Stories Than A Novel 13. Mai 2009
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Andrew Mueller, Australian journalist covers everything from rock shows by U2 and The Cure, interviewing a young Green Day, Tobogganning in the French Alps, coming face-to-face with the Taliban and witnessing the unrest in the Balkans in the early 1990's to name but a few. Here he shares his adventures with each tale a short story in itself with nothing to connect them. The writing is good and humorous and the author rather likeable. The problem with this book is that I found some parts interesting and others dull and uneventful. The spectrum covered is rather wide and lacks consistency. On the plus side, you can pick it up at a whim, choose a chapter and not worry about the previous one as it has no bearing on the one that you are reading. It's not a bad book but not a particularly good one either.
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