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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Tony is a writer and comedian making regular contributions to TV (Have I Got News For You, If I Ruled The World) and on radio (Just A Minute, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue). In 2001 he hosted the National Book Awards for the first time. He managed to slip in some very risque jokes.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* The author of A Piano in the Pyrenees (2008), Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (2001), and Round Ireland with a Fridge (2000) is, to be sure, a unique and engaging writer of travel memoirs. But did you know he also recorded two hit records? All right, the first was in 1988 (it was called “Stutter Rap,” a spoof of the Beastie Boys), and the second was a hit only in Albania; but the point is he has two hits to his name. This very funny memoir is the story of how he scored his second hit, and it takes him from Nashville to Africa to, obviously, Albania. Along the way, as he tries to find just the right song to put him back on the charts, he tries everything from spoofy country and western to a Paul Simon–inspired blending of African and traditional rock themes to, well, just about anything he thinks might work. It’s the best kind of travel memoir: alternately informative and hilarious, with a cast of memorable characters who, if they weren’t real people, would be right at home in a zany comic novel. Hawks is a lively, inquisitive storyteller, and readers, as always, will come away from the book glad to have accompanied him on another offbeat odyssey. --David Pitt
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