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Different Country, Same State: On The Road With James Blunt [Hardcover]

Peter Hardy
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30 Sep 2010
213 performances, 58 countries, 15 months. James Blunt's 'All the Lost Souls' international tour was one of the greatest pop marathons of all time.

Journalist and family friend Peter Hardy joined James and his band on their exhilarating and exhausting journey around the world, hoping to discover the man behind the music. From the tour bus to the dressing rooms, from the stage to the after-show parties, travelling with James gave 'Weird Uncle Peter' an access-all-areas pass to his life on tour.

A warts-and-all account of lost guitars, adoring fans, ludicrous bar bills and very, very late nights, this is an honest, amusing and insightful look at the mad world of celebrity and the inside story of James himself, both in front of the crowds and behind closed doors.

DIFFERENT COUNTRY, SAME STATE is a frank exploration of one man's journey, his passion for music and his passion for life.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; First Edition edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075531994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755319947
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This uproarious account by the grizzled former foreign correspondent and old family friend...will raise a few eyebrows'

(Daily Telegraph)

About the Author

Peter Hardy has spent much of his long career as a foreign correspondent and travel writer for the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, and London Evening Standard.
His colourful life has not been without some landmark mishaps - as a small child he lost an eye to a bow-and-arrow, and while reporting in Idi Amin`s Uganda he narrowly escaped execution for espionage. But despite it all, he claims that travelling with James Blunt has undoubtedly been his most dangerous assignment to date.

Peter is the editor of the website welove2ski.com and welovethebeach.com. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and children.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
James Blunt is mindblowing live, so it was great to be able to read all about what goes on behind the scenes on the tours. This book is well written, witty and hugely entertaining (the first book of its genre to deprive me of sleep!). A big thank you to Peter Hardy for giving us a glimpse of life on the road with Blunty and the band.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputtdownable!! 10 Oct 2010
Well I can honestly say that I wasn't too sure what to expect when I ordered this - was it going to be another 'unofficial' biography or a tell all tail in the manner of the sort of story that you see on the front page of 'News of the World'. I am very happy to say that it is neither, it's a fantastic mixture of fun laugh out loud moments, sombre almost emotional insights and adrenalin filled excitement. You feel sucked into the life on the tour, warts and all. I would happily recommend this book to anyone interested in the music industry, whether they be a James Blunt fan or otherwise to read this - if they can put it down they are doing better than me, I gave up after trying to read in bed with one eye open but after 20 minutes snoozing had to pick it up again! Peter Hardy has a brilliant writing style which as someone said before is like an intimate conversation, I was left wanting more!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On The Road with James Blunt 10 Oct 2010
I would recommend this story to anyone who has struggled with love, desire, fantasy and the world of celebrity. However what the book brings to life is an intimate redention of one man's passion. You will feel a passion so powerful that nothing will sustain it. There were chapters that were to intimate that I was embarrassed to read, but made me feel that James has such enormous love for his family, friends, music , life and "her", that it spills out to the rest of us when reading . I believe you will agree that Peter Hardy writes as if he is having an intimate conversation with you about life on the road with James, the band and I believe finding a little something new about him along the way. I hope you enjoy it as I did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Tracey
`Different Country Same State, on the Road with James Blunt. Is an inside fly on the wall story of the hidden truths about life as a pop star and the adventure of touring around the world.

`Weird uncle Peter' is the author, a friend of James Blunt's father, and was used by the band as a lookout for spotting beautiful women in the audience and inviting them back to meet the band. Peter Hardy, a former journalist is catapulted into a world of music, randy musicians and beautiful sexy young women. He gives us a humorous look backstage at the organisation, life on the tour bus and the after show parties, and he tries to give us a character analysis of James Blunt but fails. Fans of James Blunt may be disappointed with the contents, they will be looking for a step by step account of the type of person James is, his beliefs, his hobbies, his innermost thoughts and feelings, instead they are taken on the journey, will witness life as James lives it when he on tour, and the detail of Peter's experiences will help the reader to imagine life on the road with James and his band and it is not all plain sailing.

Peter talks to all of the lady friends of James and it would not surprise me if he put many off because Peter did become very fond of Tash, and missed her when she was dropped off on the tour. If Peter had to choose a wife for James he would choose Tash, so that he could get to see her on occasions.

What did we learn about James? Reading between the lines I think Peter is mildly Jealous of James and hasn't given us a very true picture and has left us with the impression that James is a very randy but lonely soul who will never marry. Peter discusses why men don't like James Blunt, `He's getting laid and wallowing in it. And they're not getting any of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book. This is the first book about a celebrity I've ever read that really gives you a proper idea about what life must be like for them. It's not all about making huge amounts of money - it's about extremely hard work, not much sleep and a lot of travelling. This is not just a book for James Blunt fans - it's for anyone who'd like to know more about the music industry and what really goes on behind the scenes. It's a well written and very amusing read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking ride 14 Oct 2010
I enjoyed Peter's account of a long, exhausting, non-stop party of a tour. Peter is fascinating himself; the snippets of his own life give a glimpse into a life packed with adventures. I thought this added to the book. The stories of the band, from picking up girls to missing their families and friends, were interesting but not surprising. What makes the book shine is Peter's perspective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Peter Hardy has done well to take the reader on a step-by-step journey, covering the tracks of James Blunt and Co. on the 'All The Lost Souls' world tour. It is very well written, with quirky sarcasm throughout. The book tells of crazy adventures, the highs and the lows of being on tour away from loved ones, whilst living each day as it comes and enjoying life to the full! You will find lots of humourous stories contained within this hardback! It gives an honest insight into the world of celebrity, from the perks of living the high life to the paranoia and intrusion aswell as the plans that don't quite go to plan! The book dipicts how hard the artists and crew work, and how much dedication is put into what they love to do. The band appear to have a genuine friendship and trust which is no doubt essential to keep going. It portrays James Blunt as a private individual who expresses his emotional output through his music. An ambitious artist who works and plays hard, finding inspiration from the past to move forward, with possibly a few regrets along the way. A deep and determined man who enjoys shallow moments, never letting go of his goals and ambitions. Other than that, any real insight into the man behind the music is expressed better through the lyrics of his music. This book is not just for fans of James Blunt, but for anyone with an interest in what it is like on tour with an army of musicians and crew, and the team-work that takes place behind the scenes. This book gets the thumbs up from me, and is high recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For his fans
it's a good book for all his fans, for sure and it is well written...!! It's interesting for all those, who are curious... Read more
Published 20 months ago by ruthieflower33
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Country, Same State
Absolutely hysterical!! Peter Hardy makes you feel like you're there with them in the midst of all the madness ;-)
Published on 16 April 2011 by Kim Battoe
5.0 out of 5 stars My review
I bought this book without knowing anything about the author's writing. All I knew was that it was about my favorite singer and written by a close friend of his. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2011 by Shani
5.0 out of 5 stars All the lost souls
The first time I heard James's singing on the radio I was hooked. And since being a fan since the beginning I was curious to understand a little more about the man who hid behind... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2011 by Nikki Stove
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I think that any fan of James Blunt would love this book. It is full of funny stories and behind the scenes info that most fans don't have access to. Great read!
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by A. Kuhn
5.0 out of 5 stars A really different sort of biography
I just love this book! It's so different from the usual biographies I've read before. This one really gets you to know the characters: not just James but also the band, the crew,... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by bubble
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
This is how books about celebrities should be. It's interesting, well written, funny, and you really feel you are there with James and the band. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2010 by Bookworm1
1.0 out of 5 stars Different Country, Same State Not Great
Having read the other readers' reviews, I felt as if I had perhaps been given a diffeent book. I was bored with much of the book, as it was the same one-note tune throughout. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2010 by U.S.reader
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