Tony Hawks: Playing the fool

You have to be a certain age to remember Tony Hawks' brief but glorious career as a pop idol. Unlikely as it may seem to those who know him for his bestselling comic travelogues Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, in the 1980s Hawks conquered "Top of the Pops" as frontman of his band, Morris Minor and the Majors. He is still receiving royalties for the comedy song, "Stutter Rap". At his house in Wimbledon, he proudly displays the latest royalty statement--all of 0.05p--and confides: "In London, it's hard to live on that."

Hawks' latest offering, One Hit Wonderl...

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