James Blunt on Army Life and Living Large: Exclusive Audio

September 26, 2007 4:10 PM ET

Austin Scaggs' interview with James Blunt for the current issue of Rolling Stone took the pair from Ibiza to New York, and the conversation was just as eclectic. Listen in to a few choice bits of their chat right here:

Blunt opens up about his time in the British military, where he saw action in Kosovo:

Blunt talks about his childhood and the difficulties of moving around often:

Blunt got his pilots' license at age sixteen — here he chats about his aerospace studies in college and how he spent most of his time napping in class:

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