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"The train jerks to a halt, and as I get out at Oxford Circus, Stewart gets out with me. We look at each other, laugh, and make the standard remark about it being a small world. But this is the brilliant collision, one train later and it might all have turned out differently."

In this extraordinary memoir, world-renowned guitarist Andy Summers provides a revealing and passionate account of a life dedicated to music. From his first guitar at age thirteen and his early days on the English music scene to the ascendancy of his band, the Police, Summers recounts his relationships and encounters with the Big Roll Band, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Animals, John Belushi, and others, all the while proving himself a master of telling detail and dramatic anecdote.

But, of course, the early work is only part of the story, and Andy’s account of his role as guitarist for the Police — a gig that was only confirmed by a chance encounter with drummer Stewart Copeland on a London train — has been long-awaited by music fans worldwide. The heights of fame that the Police achieved have rarely been duplicated, and the band’s triumphs were rivaled only by the personal chaos that such success brought about, an insight never lost on Summers in the telling.

Complete with never-before-published photos from Summers’s personal collection, One Train Later is a constantly surprising and poignant memoir, and the work of a world-class musician and a first-class writer.

Review:

"Summers — a musician best known for playing guitar in the seminal 1980s band the Police — recounts the details of his time in the spotlight and his circuitous and fantastic journey toward fame in a memoir that is just as generous (and sometimes meticulous) in providing details as it is in exploring the human toll of living out the 'collective fantasy' of being a 'rock god.' There are many great rock moments that dazzle — hanging with Clapton, jamming with Hendrix, hallucinating with John Belushi — but the less extraordinary memories make for a more compelling narrative: he recalls his childhood in England, where, after an 'immediate bond' with the guitar, 'the spiritual side of life slowly fills with music.' Narrated in the present tense and with occasionally vivid language (Summers recounts 'the familiar backstage' as 'the taste of Jack stuck on a Wheat Thin'), every rock clich is described (drugs, sex, ego), but, refreshingly, little is romanticized. This is a stage-side account of the birth, rise and dissipation of the Police — and fans of the band will not be disappointed — but it is also an honest travelogue of a British kid who, subsisting 'on a diet of music and hope,' traversed the most coveted landscapes of pop culture and lived to write about it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Entertaining, highly readable... Summers discusses, quite eloquently, the Faustian pact fame seemingly involves, which in his case entailed divorce and estrangement from his daughter. A candid appraisal of the cost of celebrity." June Sawyers, Booklist

Review:

"[An] engaging memoir. Summers is refreshingly endearing." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Finely written. Readers curious about the dissolution will find lots of insight, at least from Summers's point of view. This terrific book should be in demand in public libraries. For academic libraries collecting rock'n'roll history, it is essential." Library Journal

Synopsis:

"A disarming, surprising literary memoir by the ex-Police guitarist . . . A rollicking you-are-there history of the 60s-80s rock era."---Entertainment Weekly

 

In this extraordinary memoir, world-renowned guitarist Andy Summers provides the revealing and passionate account of a life dedicated to music. From his first guitar at age thirteen and his early days on the English music scene to the ascendancy of his band, the Police, Summers recounts his relationships and encounters with the Big Roll Band, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Animals, John Belushi, and others, all the while proving himself a master of telling detail and dramatic anecdote.

 Andy's account of his role as guitarist for the Police---a gig that was only confirmed by a chance encounter with drummer Stewart Copeland on a London train---has been long-awaited by music fans worldwide. The heights of fame that the Police achieved have rarely been duplicated, and the band's triumphs were rivaled only by the personal chaos that such success brought about, an insight never lost on Summers in the telling. Complete with never-before-published photos from Summers's personal collection, One Train Later is a constantly surprising and poignant memoir, and the work of a world-class musician and a first-class writer.

Synopsis:

"The train jerks to a halt, and as I get out at Oxford Circus, Stewart gets out with me. We look at each other, laugh, and make the standard remark about it being a small world. But this is the brilliant collision, one train later and it might all have turned out differently."
 
In this extraordinary memoir, world-renowned guitarist Andy Summers provides a revealing and passionate account of a life dedicated to music. From his first guitar at age thirteen and his early days on the English music scene to the ascendancy of his band, the Police, Summers recounts his relationships and encounters with the Big Roll Band, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Animals, John Belushi, and others, all the while proving himself a master of telling detail and dramatic anecdote.

But, of course, the early work is only part of the story, and Andy's account of his role as guitarist for the Police---a gig that was only confirmed by a chance encounter with drummer Stewart Copeland on a London train---has been long-awaited by music fans worldwide. The heights of fame that the Police achieved have rarely been duplicated, and the band's triumphs were rivaled only by the personal chaos that such success brought about, an insight never lost on Summers in the telling.

 

Complete with never-before-published photos from Summers's personal collection, One Train Later is a constantly surprising and poignant memoir, and the work of a world-class musician and a first-class writer.

About the Author

Andy Summers is a Grammy Award winner and an inductee in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Guitar Player Hall of Fame. He has followed his work with the Police with a career that encompasses more than twelve solo albums, soundtracks, and collaborations in addition to concerts and exhibitions of his photography around the world. He lives in California.

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TIM, October 9, 2006 (view all comments by TIM)
What a treat to go on this adventure from Andy's perspective. From his early years playing along with jazz records to his trek to the top of the charts (and all hilarious points in between) you will have a front row seat. At many points reading this book I had to wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes. Most enjoyable book I've read in years.
A great read for any Police fan, any musician, or music buff. Brilliant writing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312359140
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Summers, Andy
Foreword:
Edge, The
Foreword:
Edge
Author:
Edge, The
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Guitarists
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070529
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 30 bandw photos throughout
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.82 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Summers — a musician best known for playing guitar in the seminal 1980s band the Police — recounts the details of his time in the spotlight and his circuitous and fantastic journey toward fame in a memoir that is just as generous (and sometimes meticulous) in providing details as it is in exploring the human toll of living out the 'collective fantasy' of being a 'rock god.' There are many great rock moments that dazzle — hanging with Clapton, jamming with Hendrix, hallucinating with John Belushi — but the less extraordinary memories make for a more compelling narrative: he recalls his childhood in England, where, after an 'immediate bond' with the guitar, 'the spiritual side of life slowly fills with music.' Narrated in the present tense and with occasionally vivid language (Summers recounts 'the familiar backstage' as 'the taste of Jack stuck on a Wheat Thin'), every rock clich is described (drugs, sex, ego), but, refreshingly, little is romanticized. This is a stage-side account of the birth, rise and dissipation of the Police — and fans of the band will not be disappointed — but it is also an honest travelogue of a British kid who, subsisting 'on a diet of music and hope,' traversed the most coveted landscapes of pop culture and lived to write about it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Entertaining, highly readable... Summers discusses, quite eloquently, the Faustian pact fame seemingly involves, which in his case entailed divorce and estrangement from his daughter. A candid appraisal of the cost of celebrity."
"Review" by , "[An] engaging memoir. Summers is refreshingly endearing."
"Review" by , "Finely written. Readers curious about the dissolution will find lots of insight, at least from Summers's point of view. This terrific book should be in demand in public libraries. For academic libraries collecting rock'n'roll history, it is essential."
"Synopsis" by ,
"A disarming, surprising literary memoir by the ex-Police guitarist . . . A rollicking you-are-there history of the 60s-80s rock era."---Entertainment Weekly

 

In this extraordinary memoir, world-renowned guitarist Andy Summers provides the revealing and passionate account of a life dedicated to music. From his first guitar at age thirteen and his early days on the English music scene to the ascendancy of his band, the Police, Summers recounts his relationships and encounters with the Big Roll Band, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Animals, John Belushi, and others, all the while proving himself a master of telling detail and dramatic anecdote.

 Andy's account of his role as guitarist for the Police---a gig that was only confirmed by a chance encounter with drummer Stewart Copeland on a London train---has been long-awaited by music fans worldwide. The heights of fame that the Police achieved have rarely been duplicated, and the band's triumphs were rivaled only by the personal chaos that such success brought about, an insight never lost on Summers in the telling. Complete with never-before-published photos from Summers's personal collection, One Train Later is a constantly surprising and poignant memoir, and the work of a world-class musician and a first-class writer.

"Synopsis" by ,
"The train jerks to a halt, and as I get out at Oxford Circus, Stewart gets out with me. We look at each other, laugh, and make the standard remark about it being a small world. But this is the brilliant collision, one train later and it might all have turned out differently."
 
In this extraordinary memoir, world-renowned guitarist Andy Summers provides a revealing and passionate account of a life dedicated to music. From his first guitar at age thirteen and his early days on the English music scene to the ascendancy of his band, the Police, Summers recounts his relationships and encounters with the Big Roll Band, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Animals, John Belushi, and others, all the while proving himself a master of telling detail and dramatic anecdote.

But, of course, the early work is only part of the story, and Andy's account of his role as guitarist for the Police---a gig that was only confirmed by a chance encounter with drummer Stewart Copeland on a London train---has been long-awaited by music fans worldwide. The heights of fame that the Police achieved have rarely been duplicated, and the band's triumphs were rivaled only by the personal chaos that such success brought about, an insight never lost on Summers in the telling.

 

Complete with never-before-published photos from Summers's personal collection, One Train Later is a constantly surprising and poignant memoir, and the work of a world-class musician and a first-class writer.

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