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One Hit Wonderland [Paperback]

Tony Hawks
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1 Aug 2002
Fast forward to the 21st century and Tony has left these heady music biz days behind. That cherished appearance on 'Top of the Pops' is but a distant memory. These days music is just a hobby. That is until it is suggested that Tony is a One Hit Wonder. That he would never have been a hit again. Ever. Really? Well, we'll see about that...Over eighteen months, Tony battles against all the odds to have a hit, somewhere anywhere in the world. He changes act and styles with a bewildering lack of integrity. He travels to Nashville, the song writing capital of the universe. To, Amsterdam for that elusive novelty Euro anthem. He beats the grubby streets of London in search of a million dollar deal, and journeys to a remote African village to discover the ultimate melody. Amidst all the uncertainty only one thing is clear. If anyone is optimistic and determined enough to pull this off, it is Tony Hawks. In "One Hit to Hollywood", anything is possible...

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091882087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091882082
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,315,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Inspirational...Extremely funny" -- The Times

"The missing link between Paul Theroux and Paul Whitehouse" -- Manchester Evening News

'Great fun' -- Daily Express

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Tony Hawks' unique assault on the world of music --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one joke wanderlust 22 Aug 2002
By A Customer
As in his previous two books, Hawks stops every couple of pages to remark on how crazy the quest he has embarked on is, and how very very nutty he himself must be. As before, he also has the thinnest imaginable motivation for starting it in the first place, unless you read the glaring message between the lines, which is that he is trying to have a hit so he can write a book about it.
These minor irritations aside, Hawks is an amiable companion, and he scores over others in this field - Bryson, McCarthy et al - because he knows how to write and tell the occasional joke. By far the most enjoyable section is the last, in Albania, and it just about makes up for the faintly disappointing earlier bits in Nashville and the Sudan.
Quite good fun, all in all.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a One Hit Wonder. 1 Aug 2002
If, as I did, you have read Hawks' first two books and loved them, then you'll find it hard to be disappointed. Tony's new challenge, for once not taken on under the influence of alcohol, but rather an attractive lady, is to have a Top Twenty Hit anywhere in the world, in order prove that as the creator of "The Stutter Rap" , he is no One Hit Wonder. He has two years to do it, but this time round there is no clear-cut forfeit like money, or even dignity! With no tangible forfeit should he lose, you'd be forgiven for wondering if Hawks was undertaking a half-hearted challenge - however, what touchingly emerges as the real prize of success is Hawks' self-belief in his abilities as a songwriter.
Like his previous bets, Tony's new task takes him all over the world. He scours Nashville, Sudan, Holland and finally Albania in his search for a hit, amassing a small but varied catalogue of songs as he goes. As ever, his dry observations of the people and places elicit quite a few chuckles. However, it's the sections covering his time in Sudan and Albania that really stand out. Hawks' primary objective in Sudan is to write on his experiences, in order to raise funds for UNICEF, and as in Moldova, Hawks' writes with touching empathy as he describes the conditions in Sudan and the daily troubles of its people. However, the moving subject matter doesn't drag the lighter moments down, and the introspective moments blend well. The Albanian section however, is a real joy, mainly due to Hawks' ability to wrest every comic ounce out of the ludicrous situation he has found himself in. Hawks recalls that Norman Wisdom is adored and revered in Albania (and readers are left in no doubt as to just how much), so Tony, along with Sir Tim Rice (yes, Sir Tim Rice!), pen a catchy song to this effect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A safe bet ? 20 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Tony Hawks, loveable author of the superb "Round Ireland with a Fridge" is back again, after beating the Moldovans at Tennis.
This time, you have to worry about his sanity, as he's made a bet with someone at a dinner party that he'll get another top 20 record back in the charts, after his debut with "Morris Minor and the Majors". However, the person at the dinner party really doesn't seem bothered about the whole thing, and you have to wonder whether Tony just saw another opportunity to throw together a lightweight bestseller.
To give him credit, he certainly goes the distance, experimenting with World Music remixes, East-European duets and flying to Amsterdam dressed as a Pixie. It's not until the surreal combination of Tim Rice and Norman Wisdom enters the frame that he has a chance of success.
Tony's humour, sense of adventure and madcap optimism makes this a very fun read. I got the feeling that the whole thing was a little strained though - did anyone but Tony really care about the bet this time ? Perhaps this pervades his adventures a bit, too, as he seems to have real difficulty getting people in to the spirit this time.
Of course, it doesn't stop this being extremely funny in parts, but it's all getting a little formulaic. If you're a fan of his other books, give it a go !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable nonsense 28 April 2008
The premise of this book is that Tony Hawks, lead singer of 80s one hit wonders 'Morris Minor and the Majors' accepts a wager that he'll never have another top ten hit in his lifetime. Fuelled by this, Mr Hawks goes in search of this elusive follow up in such diverse places as the USA, Africa, Holland and Albania, the latter with Sir Norman Wisdom's help...

It's an enjoyable read, Hawk's wit shines through and it raises a wry smile rather than a guffaw. It's very much one for a bedtime read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and funny, but certainly not his best 27 Aug 2002
After Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, I was looking forward to reading the new book, and so took it as my preferred reading on holiday.
The tale of Tony trying to prove that he's not just a One Hit Wonder is laugh-out-loud funny in more than a few places. However, I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed with the abrupt ending of the book. You feel that it just stops in the middle of the story - that certain threads of the tale weren't tied up. It is almost as if the book was rushed to the publisher, when waiting another couple of months to tie up the loose ends would have made for a better conclusion. Guessing how stories might have concluded can be fun, but not in this case - I wanted to know!
For me, Tony has never bettered Round Ireland with a Fridge, although Playing the Moldovans at Tennis was an entertaining tale too. For me, this book comes a weaker third place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tony doing what Tony does best.
Makes you want to write a hit record yourself! Enjoyed the usual Hawkes wit from start to finish. Thoroughly recommend this.
Published 9 months ago by Little Tiddler
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one!
The style of writing is so easy to read. Reading Tony Hawks' books is highly recommended - if you like a good laugh!
Published 12 months ago by Cya
5.0 out of 5 stars A hoot with Hawks
Good fun. His usual standard. Now I have to write at least 16 words to pass the comment through. The first five words covered it
Published 18 months ago by Mr. C. S. Cooksey
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Read
Having read the other three Tony Hawks books, I felt that I had to complete the set. Verdict - overall a very good read, although maybe just a little slow at the beginning. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Slid
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre!
I thought this was a reasonable read but it wasn't as good as Hawk's Round Ireland With a Fridge which is brilliant! One Hit Wonderland
Published on 15 May 2012 by Dazzler
5.0 out of 5 stars YoU WilL LovE ThiS HiT!!!
This is an extremely funny book which made me laugh out loud on so many occasions that my wife actually thought that I was finding the rubbish she was watching on the television... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Craigy The Magnificent
4.0 out of 5 stars Like So Many Other People
Like so many other people I bought this book with the rest in the series to read it and it's still on the shelf of books that I will eventually read. Read more
Published on 9 April 2011 by Chris Waywell
1.0 out of 5 stars A miss
Mindless, contrived, witless, humourless drivel. Tony Hawks uses show business contacts to find himself in situations involving music recording. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by Baby Blue
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had hoped.
It might have been because I heard him plugging the book on a radio station (Talk Sport) and therefore the outcome was discussed. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2009 by S. L. Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a hit with me!
Before I read this book, I was only vaguely aware of Tony Hawks' existence via the BBC programme "Grumpy Old Men", but now he is one of my favourite comic-travel writers. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2008 by Mr. R. A. Jones
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