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I'll Be Watching You: Inside the Police, 1980-83 Hardcover – September 15, 2007

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?When The Police toured in the early ?80s, the band brought a photographer to capture the excitement?he also happened to be the band's guitarist. Somewhere between photojournalism and an illustrated diary, the book's photos capture not just the proverbial sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but fans, landscapes, still lifes and occasional passers-by. A must-have for fans of The Police and photography alike.?

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Highlights include: * Rehearsals and recording sessions with band-mates Sting and Stewart Copeland * Exclusive back-stage and on-stage footage from concerts including Plaza de Toros (Barcelona, 1980), Budokan (Tokyo, 1981), Wembley Stadium (London, 1981), and Shea Stadium (New York, 1983) * Inside the tour busses, limousines, helicopters, private planes, parties, and hotel rooms * Behind the scenes on music video shoots, at press conferences, and in-store appearances * Life on the road with other bands including The Go-Go's, XTC, and The B-52's * Rain-soaked train windows, trashed hotel rooms, island retreats, over-capacity stadiums, and thousands of screaming, singing, sobbing, fans

Countries covered in the book: America, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (September 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822813052
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822813058
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.5 x 12.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh VINE VOICE on August 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Police were far and away my favorite band when I was growing up. I recently had a chance to see the last show in their reunion tour at Madison Square Garden, which reminded me again how each of the three members of the group are excellent musicians in their own right. Sting may have had more fame in the intervening years, but Stewart Copeland's drumming is magnificent to behold and Andy Summer's guitar work help define the sound of the band. There is nothing like the three of them together.

So, sitting in the middle of this perfect storm of nostalgia, I decided to take a look at this collection of Mr. Summers' photographs so I could spend some more time in those early years of the `80's. A couple years back, I had read Mr. Summers' autobiography, One Train Later, and enjoyed it quite a lot. I am also familiar with his other photo collection, Throb, which I also liked. Unfortunately, this book didn't quite live up to either of those.

In some ways, this book is a strange amalgamation of those other two books. There are a number of brief informational/autobiographical blurbs with the photos. But the blurbs don't really tell us much and, in the end, neither do the photos. Unlike photos designed to stand alone as art, these are meant to tell a story but, in the end, they don't seem to do that. Certainly, for someone not interested in or somewhat knowledgeable about the band, they would say almost nothing.

Still, there are some good shots here. It's clear to see that Mr. Summers is at the beginning of developing a real talent. I particularly liked the wide shots of some of the arenas they played and Andy's more "private" hotel room pictures. But you have to sift through a lot of stuff to find those jewels. For someone not really invested in the band, it would be too much work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Torchy on November 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A very well put together coffee table tome. Stunning photographs of one of the best 70's- 80's iconic bands. Well worth every penny of my hard earned cash, a joy to look at from cover to cover or just merely dip into in an add hoc way. Well recommended for any fan of the band or from a photographers standpoint. Seriously good reportage style of photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen J. Brady on October 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Andy Summers is more than a brilliant guitarist. He's an amazing photographer. His technique is very "shoot at the hip" and really gives people a birds-eye look into The Police during the high point of their career. His pictures are beyond beautiful. They are intimate portraits with small journal excerpts that describe feelings and emotions that go with the pictures being displayed. It's like being right there in the action...all these years later.
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Even though I have five exhibition prints from this book hanging on my home's walls, I'm still somewhat amazed at how good a photographer Andy Summers really is. While it's always been my feeling that an artist can have great talent in more than one discipline, Andy is a true Renaissance man. He is famous for his music as part of the popular band "Police," he is also a wonderful writer as well has a super sensitive photographer. His autobiography is also fascinating and a must read for fans of the Police!
With the same passion that he puts into his guitar music, Andy also provides an intimate view of just what it was like to tour with the Police in the years 1980-1983. This Taschen Coffee Table Photographic book is large format 375 pages chuck full of brilliant B&W pictures. Despite what most fans would imagine, being a member of the group made the picture taking more difficult than if a non-member of the band was doing it. When the world is pressing in on you from all directions and crying out to touch you, it's difficult enough just to survive. Having the presence of mind to photograph those adoring fans even as they attempt to smoother you with their love is a skill in and of itself.
My personal favorites from the more than 600 images included in the book included a picture of a smiling Sting in Japan. He has five Nikon Cameras--three motorized and two single shot versions hanging around his neck and is trying to drink a can of fruit juice at the same time. And while candid pictures of the members of the band are usually the most attention grabbing, Summers is particularly effective when he is photographing close-ups or details of the world the band encounters.
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While it would help to be a pretty big fan of the police to enjoy this book, its not all that necessary. Andy Summers has proven himself as a truly talented photographer. It is very easy to interpret his view from what he saw through his camera lens. Each black and white photo is a window into the Police's journey, and what Andy happened to see along the way. Not to mention the little journal entry type blurbs really make what you see have some meaning. I was brilliantly surprised with this book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone at all.
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By Nikki Kavanagh on March 23, 2009
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If ever you wanted a cool coffee table book then this one is it! Filled with great photographs and LOTS of information this book is an absolute MUST for any Police fan - or indeed any music fan. The book itself is of fine quality and you can spend hours flicking through it - I adore this book and it takes pride of place on my coffee table!!
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