One Train Later by Andy Summers

One Train Later

One Train Later: A Memoir is an autobiography that covers Andy’s life from his youth until the break-up of The Police. The writing is overly-flowery, but once you get use to this it is actually pretty good. Summers uses a series of hotel room flashbacks, while waiting to go onstage at Shea Stadium. (August 18, 1983) Summers goes into detail about the guitar, why he was drawn to it and continued to spend endless hours improving his skills until he was almost too good for Rock ‘n’ Roll. In the 1960s and early 1970’s Summers toured with jazz combos, “The Animals”, and avant-garde groups. When he ran into Stewart Copeland (who wanted to start a punk rock band) and Sting (who wanted to play jazz), Andy was just the right glue to create a strong, muscular ‘New Wave’ band that made it all the way to the top. The Police cost Andy his marriage, but Sting broke up the band, Andy was able to get back with his wife and family; creating a more reasonable career as a guitarist. This was an excellent rock autobiography and I particularly like Summer’s discussing the guitar as the passion for playing music is often overlooked in these books.

B+
372 pages

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