Andrew Mueller is Australian by birth, Londoner by choice, wanderer by nature, and 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, a collection of Mueller's best journalism from the early nineties to the present, he travels to Lebanon with the Prodigy, comes to America with Radiohead, and roams all over the place with U2. He ventures to Bosnia during the war, sees Def Leppard play in a cave in Morocco, attempts to ask the Taliban what they think they're up to and takes his own country band on tour to Albania. He visits Tupelo, Mississippi, where the greatest of American entertainers was born, and Branson, Missouri, where the rest of them go to die. He ventures into radioactive Chernobyl, sloshes miserably through the mud at Woodstock II, wakes up at least once in a park in Reykjavik, flies the world's least commercially sensible air route and strongly advises avoiding the seafood salad in Sapporo Airport. He's funny. Occasionally, he makes a point.