Where the Hell is Matt? The Story Behind the Internet Dancing Sensation
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Where the Hell is Matt? The Story Behind the Internet Dancing Sensation

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing
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Susan

I’d never heard of You Tube sensation Matt Harding. I was a little turned off by the swear word in the title. Even though it was offered free on Kindle, I considered not even downloading it. But just before I clicked the button to send this book into archive oblivion, for some reason I opened it and began reading.

So even though I have no idea why I started this book, I know why I kept reading it, stayed up late to finish and tracked down the You Tube videos to follow along. It’s a really, really...more
Matthew
It's possible I'm softer on this book than I should be, but I feel an affinity for Matt. We're both video game professionals, we both recognize the potential of technology to spread goodwill, and I got to dance with him once at a book reading. Every time I watch a Where the Hell Is Matt? video, I'm filled with joy, and a little of that happiness probably carried over while I was reading his abbreviated travelogue. Yes, it's short, it skimps on full recountings of visits, leaves out a handful of...more
Ted
Jul 23, 2011 Ted rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
From the book:

"I'd found that travel had a way of prioritizing me. I stayed focused on the challenges of each day, and that made other problems fade into the distance. Making videogames was like that for a while; I could let everything else go because the game was all that mattered. I had an excuse. But I grew up and realized it was an excuse not to live.

"Each day at my job felt like one day closer to death; go to work, come home, watch TV, one whole day lost and gone forever. When I traveled,...more
Matt
A great travel book with a fascinating back story. Matt Harding was paid by Stride gum to make videos of himself dancing badly with people all around the world. Though it was all a publicity stunt, the sheer number of nations that he traveled to was remarkable, and his insights truly transcend the "stunt" element of his travels. He's a good writer, and does an excellent job of summing up each stop with just a few anecdotes and insights. I hadn't even heard of several places that he visited. Anyw...more
Tim Hirtle
Where the Hell is Matt is a bite-sized travel book from an office worker that went internationally viral after quitting to see the world. Well timed, I read this book during my last week as a professional engineer before leaving to pursue travel full time.

During the heyday of YouTube Matt Harding unintentionally danced – poorly – his way into sponsorship and successive viral productions. The short chapters of Where the Hell is Matt are written by country and serve as quick a coffee table reads f...more
Dailycheapreads

I’d never heard of You Tube sensation Matt Harding. I was a little turned off by the swear word in the title. Even though it was offered free on Kindle (and still is!), I considered not even downloading it. But just before I clicked the button to send this book into archive oblivion, for some reason I opened it and began reading.

So even though I have no idea why I started this book, I know why I kept reading it, stayed up late to finish and tracked down the You Tube videos to follow along. It’s...more
Remo
Matt Harding, mi admirado Matt, cuenta en este libro las interioridades de sus tres primeros viajes por el mundo (ha hecho cuatro hasta la fecha) bailando de manera torpe y convulsiva, con todos los gastos pagados. En este libro, pulcramente editado y a todo color por 14 dólares (mirando en Lulú esto parece imposible), nos cuenta cómo surgió todo y cómo ha ido evolucionando en su manera de ver la vida al visitar a tanta gente en tantos países. Además de un viaje geográfico este libro nos relata...more
Rich
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? How do you go from that to a day-to-day job? Will he wind up with a day-to-day job or something more interesting? What's he looking for? He said in the book:

I was in transit.
And for as long as I remained that way, I
felt okay. When I stopped moving, that was
when problems caught up with me
But then I thought: airports are soulless,
an
...more
Leah K
Where the Hell is Matt?: Dancing Badly Around the World by Matt Harding

★ ★ ★

After years of working as a video game designer, Matt Harding realized he was in a rut. So he quit his job and with what little money he had decided to travel the world. And at each stop his friend told him he should do that goofy little dance he does. Then that little goofy dance was put online and Matt became a mild internet celebrity. All because of a goofy little dance. And then Stride Gum called up Matt and said “H...more
Michelle
Matt is a guy that was all over your email inbox a couple of years ago - the video that your pal sent you where some average joe is doing a silly white man's dance in front of a dizzying array of international locales. he ended up getting corporate sponsorship (thanks for those several minutes of bliss, stride gum!) and made another 2 videos, all of the same shtick.

if you haven't seen those videos, and if they didn't have some ineffable emotional pull on you, this book is pretty much useless. a...more
Sarah
One of the most entertaining and fun travel books I've ever read, Where the Hell is Mattis not a memoir to pass up!

Several years ago, Matt Harding was a software designer in Los Angeles when he realized he didn't want to waste away sitting in an office day after day working on projects he hated. After quitting his job, he decided to take a break from corporate America and travel to various destinations across the globe. With what started as a silly whim, he began having people videotape him at...more
Ellyn
Mar 12, 2011 Ellyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I love Matt Harding's videos, and I've always thought that he either must be brilliant or very lucky or both. Who finds a company to pay him to take not one, but two around-the-world trips to perform a silly dance in front of famous sights? Who does that? It's great fun to watch the videos, revel in the beautiful scenery and joyful people, and identify the places where I've been and the places where I want to go (pretty much all of them). Reading the book, I enjoyed learning the background infor...more
Teena
Okay, so the writing isn't the best or the most polished around, but it certainly conveys Matt's feelings and a bit of what it was really like to travel the world doing a silly dance in front of a camera. There is some humor as well, and I loved all the pictures. I read the book because I watched Matt's 2012 video on somebody's blog and it made me cry and smile at the same time. I was blown away by it, really. I wanted to know the story behind the video and read this book (although it's really t...more
The UHQ Nasanta
2.5 - 3 stars

I would not recommend this for anyone who did not see the video(s), Where the Hell is Matt?, and wondered about the back story of each location Matt Harding had been to.

The author basically talked about each location - an anecdote or two, how he got to where, what he was thinking, how he did what he did, etc. - and added a picture or two, which were most often stills from the video.

It was interesting and fun to read the anecdotes, and the author's thoughts at the time. He had a se...more
Matt
I got this book at Live Wire! Matt Harding was trusting as I went to get cash after he had already signed the book. Also, he led a radio audience in dancing unison.
I had never heard of the internet sensation before I finished the book.
Harding has a neat style for travelogues. He writes very short sections for each, sometimes admitting his awe at what he was seeing, at other times admitting his lack of curiosity at a given subject. He's like the person who knows you really don't want to see his...more
Austin Wright
As someone trying to visit all the countries in the world, this book spoke to my soul. 5-stars.
bookme4life
3.5 STARS

This book was an unexpected pleasure. None of the anecdotes are very detailed or deep, but they're funny, at times insightful, and occasionally moving. If you have the slightest bit of the wanderlust in you, hearing about so many experiences around the world will tweak your desire to hop a plane and have your own adventures.

Unless you've seen the videos that made Matt famous, this book will mean little. But if you have, this is an enjoyable, very fast read.
Christina
Love the videos on YouTube, and the book makes for a great fast read for armchair travelers. It covers a lot of places around the world in brief, and the book is notably well designed, with a map for each location, and a lot of full-color photos. I only wish it were longer. Also, the paper was a bit thin, but given the low price and high production value I can't really complain.
MiriLou
Kindle freebie. I haven't finished it yet but I must say that I am really enjoying it. It's not great literature, just a guy sharing his experiences traveling around the world. He doesn't get long winded and mostly shares short anecdotes, sometimes I wish he would tell more. He unfortunately uses some bad language including the f-bomb, but otherwise I am enjoying hearing his story.
Allen
It is a good book for anyone who only knows of Matt's videos. Its great short stories involved with each shot in his 3 popular videos. I've found his talks and speaking videos on his website to be more informative, and a better way to capture him; however again I think the book is more designed for people who haven't delved into all that content already.
Pat Loughery
If you remember Matt, from all the YouTube video clips of the guy dancing in silly ways in front of the world's monuments and with a bunch of the world's cultures... this is his travel memoir. It's as lighthearted and funny as you would expect, given how the guy dances.
Marjorie Elwood
This book really struck a chord with me. I wasn't sure what I expected - to be amused, perhaps - but his antics grew on me, as did his attempts to make sense of what he was living. In the end, it's all about connecting with others, in whatever way possible.
Ken
Almost more of a photo album than a travelogue, Matt writes in short anecdotes. But since I already knew his story so well, I enjoyed these details with which I was previously unfamiliar. The chapter length made the book easy to consume.
Jordan
This is a decent but not great book, but it was interesting to read the stories behind these videos. I gave it three stars just because it was cheap and short (I read it in an hour or two) and vaguely interesting.
Chris Paluszek
Reading this book is like a breakneck trip across the world- each country is covered in only a few pages. I wish that there was more to read about Matt's experiences, but I enjoyed reading what I did!
Derek  Erb
Extremely easy to read and a bit addictive. Extremely short and autonomous chapters make it easy to put down and pick up again, often.

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Fun. Felt like I travelled the world with him.
Bea Bolinger
Amazing. I was truly inspired, couldn't put the book down. I would love to be able to do what he did and I think if I ever meet Matt we could be friends.
Shelly
Loved this intenet video. It was fun to see how Matt ended up in each of the destinations and a little bit about each adventure.
John Reas
Well done, and very inspiring! Matt has done more to bring the world together than many professional diplomats could ever claim to do.
Matt Ream
Bad dancing by a guy named Matt? Right up my alley!

The book consists of short anecdotes behind my favorite video(s).
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“Each day at my job felt like one day closer to death; go to work, come home, watch TV, one whole day lost and gone forever. When I traveled, no time felt wasted. I was alert and active. I was switched on. I felt like I’d been living in a cage and I’d only just learned there was no lock on the door. I could just walk outside and do as I pleased. I didn’t want to get back in.” 2 likes
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