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Where the Hell is Matt?: Dancing Badly Around the World [Kindle Edition]

Matt Harding
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Book Description

Matt Harding created an Internet sensation with his awkward, limb-flailing dance of joy. His travels, and his bad dancing, have been viewed online nearly 75 million times. It started as a lark on a curbside in Hanoi, Vietnam. He did it for fun, but Matt’s irreverent spirit caught on, and soon thousands all over the world were joining him in a simple expression of what we all, as humans, have in common. In his first book, a full-color travelogue, Matt shares, with refreshing honesty and wit, the adventure of creating his videos. He tells of jumping into the ocean with a humpback whale, sledding down a hill in Antarctica, and hitchhiking across the Skeleton Coast desert with a spare tire under one arm. Matt also reveals the unlikely story of how his passion for travel led to Internet stardom, a corporate sponsor, and an odd little pop culture phenomenon that strikes a deep emotional chord.

His book, like his videos, offers us a chance to share his unique experiences as he walks us through how he became the first person to dance with the world.


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About the Author

Matt Harding quit his job as a videogame designer to wander the planet. When an Internet video of Matt dancing badly in exotic locations was viewed by millions, a sponsor offered him the opportunity to continue his journey. Matt was born in 1976 and he lives in Seattle, Washington with his partner, Melissa, and their dog, Sydney.

Product Details

  • File Size: 23702 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (June 2, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UR4IB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and perceptive--a great read May 29, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Matt Harding's spontaneous dance of youth, playfulness and joy became an Internet phenomenon and has touched the hearts of millions. In this book, Matt tells the story of his videos and shows lots of pictures of his travels, but it's much more than a travelogue. It's an account of Matt's journey of self-discovery. His voice shines through--companionable, engaging and self-effacing. A twenty-first century version of Innocents Abroad, Matt's book is funny and perceptive and a great read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Conclusion to the Journey June 2, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First, I should come clean, I'm a huge fan of the Matt videos. I've watched them all, I've sent them to friends, and I think I even have a version on my PS3 so I can watch it on my TV from time to time. So, in some ways, I was an easy sell on this book. In fact, I pre-ordered it.

Having read it, I can say it is just what I expected. Matt gives us little stories about the places we've seen in his videos and adds a bit of behind-the-scenes depth to the videos. The travel stories are broken up by intermissions about how it all came into being, and each phase that the viral story goes through.

So, let's be frank, Matt isn't a writer, at least not in the literary meaning of the word. He has a wit and dry humor that is very readable and entertaining, but these stories aren't going to make it into the New Yorker. That said, it's a nice coffee table book. The stories are short enough you can read one while waiting for someone to get you a drink and they are fairly entertaining, if not a bit repetitive. I found myself ready for a break after reading 2-3.

Who should read/buy this book? People who love the Matt videos. People who need a clever book on the table when others come to their house so they seem worldly and in the know on these things. Those looking to buy something for a recent college graduate who already has, or doesn't want, a picture frame, a candle stick holder, and/or an expensive pen.

It's a good book and worth the price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad dancing, Great writing! June 7, 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Matt videos make you think that it was a snap for this bumbling guy to pop around the planet dancing whenever he felt inclined. This book pulls back the curtain on that misconception with fantastic stories told by a great storyteller. I can't wait to see what he does next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Matt Harding's pseudo-travelogue is a light, enjoyable read that stands nicely against his other body of work (the videos). Like the clips in his dancing videos, many of the stories and anecdotes left me with a smile, a few had me laughing outright, and a couple caused me to blink away a tear or two. I'm happy to report that by and large, the book is not a re-hash of Matt's web journal ("blog" in today's parlance), which is not to denigrate the latter which makes for some fun reading as well.

It was satisfying to get the background story behind many of the video clips, for example the beautiful Bollywood dance scene in India and the North Korean DMZ video. A few of the chapters left me wanting a bit more but maybe this was Matt's intent--not so much to bring the world to us, but rather to entice us to go out and see it for ourselves.

Briefly stated: well done, Matt, well done.

P.S.: Be sure not to miss the mini-flipbook animation action of Matt's dancing silhouette on the lower right corner of the page. I'm not sure if this was intended but it does seem to work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, interesting, educational, big tumbs up June 14, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Being well informed of Matt's story and videos I was not disappointed in the least. In fact this book exceeded my expectations. I laughed out loud at countless occasions. My only criticism is I wish it was longer, but thats just me, its just the right length for the masses I'm sure.

If you have a sarcastic dry sense of humor you'll enjoy this book, if you're not sure, try reading some of matt's journal at [...]. It has some of the same stories but it is still worth it to purchase the book to have and share with friends. The perfect coffee table book.

thanks matt, way to go!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 9, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Matt Harding became an Internet sensation almost overnight, but despite what you might think, he has kept both feet on the ground.

His new book gives an honest account of his travels around the world. The book is divided into 3 parts that follow the beginning of it all and his two videos. Each part features a number of chapters for some of the most interesting places he visited. The chapters are short, but humorous and interesting. Matt gives you his thoughts and ideas behind the shots and we also get insight into his emotions regarding "taking" a moment from someone without being able to return it.

Some say that he is just doing it for the money, but the truth is that his travels are funded and he plans everything himself.

If you liked the videos, you are going to love this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun ride September 25, 2009
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Matt Harding is not a professional writer. However, his honest prose and stunning experiences makes for a reading adventure. I loved this book. It was exciting to read and it inspires you to go out and do things. Read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go behind the scenes around the world witha YouTube star September 24, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like almost everyone in the world, I loved Matt Harding's videos, so I bought the Kindle version of his book. I was not disappointed. Matt's not a writer-- he pretty much writes like he's talking to you-- but after all, the book is not supposed to be WAR AND PEACE. Instead, Matt relates his feelings about life, work, travel, and people, and how he came to make the videos. You can tell from the videos that Matt is not afraid to look like an idiot. He's fully aware of the irony of being famous for dancing when he dances like a five-year-old hearing music for the first time. But he's also a neat guy, and quite honest about his motivations and opinions, which makes the book every bit as entertaining as the videos.

The pictures are not nearly as good on a Kindle as they would be in print-- no color and some of them are too muddy to be helpful-- but I still enjoyed the story. After I read the book, I went back and watched both videos again, aware now that no matter how spontaneous the shots look, there was a lot of thought, hard work, and even (sometimes) danger in creating them.

I wish him well, and I hope he keeps on dancing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of fun, readable anecdotes
Like most other reviewers, I am a big fan of Matt Harding's viral videos in which he dances all over the Earth. I'm also a fan of travel memoirs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Frank Grimes
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertianing
I thought the commentary was honest and I appreciated that. The concept and the places he talked about where pre interesting to me and i'm sure many other. Read more
Published 21 months ago by sa
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those who love travelling
I saw his video on You Tube and then went to his website. The book tells the story of where and how the video was made and gives insight about Matt. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mary M Leveck
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! Must read for teenagers
I'd never heard of You Tube sensation Matt Harding. I was a little turned off by the swear word in the title. Read more
Published on October 13, 2012 by Susan Mires
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this book
I like this book. It is mainly pictures with short stories behind the pictures. It was really interesting reading what was going on behind the scenes - e.g. Read more
Published on October 4, 2012 by FreeSpirit
5.0 out of 5 stars More Fun with Matt
This book is a quick but enjoyable read, and a great companion to Matt's joyful Youtube videos and website. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by M. Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, entertaining read
What a great read! I really enjoyed reading about Matt's journey before and during the filming of his famous YouTube dancing videos. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
I love to travel and I loved this book. It's basically like an Appendix to Matt's videos. Fills in a bit of back story and continues to inspire me. Good stuff!!
Published on October 24, 2011 by uno_mas
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch the videos, read the book, re-watch the videos.
I like the videos better but I like the story of his getting the shots. I wish it'd been longer so I liked it... It did leave me wondering, what's he going to do next? Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and a little inspiring
While Matt might not be the best dancer ever in terms of technique or ability, he has fun- and that fun is contagious. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Lynne Ahlgren
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