By Andy Summers
"A disarming, wonderful literary memoir via the ex-Police guitarist . . . A rollicking you-are-there heritage of the 60s-80s rock era."---Entertainment Weekly In this outstanding memoir, world-renowned guitarist Andy Summers offers the unveiling and passionate account of a lifestyles devoted to song. From his first guitar at age 13 and his early days at the English song scene to the ascendancy of his band, the Police, Summers recounts his relationships and encounters with the large Roll Band, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Animals, John Belushi, and others, all of the whereas proving himself a grasp of telling element and dramatic anecdote. Andy's account of his function as guitarist for the Police---a gig that was once in basic terms proven via an opportunity come upon with drummer Stewart Copeland on a London train---has been long-awaited by means of song enthusiasts around the world. The heights of popularity that the Police completed have hardly ever been duplicated, and the band's triumphs have been rivaled simply by way of the non-public chaos that such luck caused, an perception by no means misplaced on Summers within the telling. whole with never-before-published photographs from Summers's own assortment, One educate Later is a continuously wonderful and poignant memoir, and the paintings of a world-class musician and a firstclass author.
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The tight confines of the car and the intoxicating haze of perfume combine with the leather seats and the smell of petrol to make the drive a voluptuous and sacred ritual. Along with this heavenly bouquet comes my craving for chocolate. The dark brown stuff fills my head like a dark sea of unending pleasure, and as we pass through rain-filled streets with my dad cursing the faulty heater and wiping his hand across a befogged windscreen, I fantasize about it, dream of it, and plan to have so much of it one day that I will laugh out loud as I eat myself into a chocoholic coma.
Housing is in short supply and he makes the purchase of a Gypsy caravan. It is a romantic move, but one of necessity. My mother is known as Red; she is pregnant, and works in a bomb factory alongside a gang of northern girls called the Fosgene Follies. One day, in her ninth month, she becomes intoxicated by the fumes leaking from a faulty bomb and, having contractions, is carried back to the field where she lives with my dad. I come into this world a few hours later, and the queen of the Romany vagrants in the next field pays a visit to my mother.
What a fucking cliche. I destroyed my marriage for this, and what is this anyway? A Faustian pact? A union shredding as the singer conjures a different future for himself. But tonight Sting, Stewart, and I are on the other side. This is the apogee of our time together; with the words THE POLICE-SHEA STADIUM on a little paper ticket, we are close to the stars, close to the golden sphere that casts a shadow. I look up into the mirror and think, Get a grip, you wanker.... It's only fucking pop music.