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


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  • Hardcover: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (September 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822813052
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822813058
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9.9 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 alternate Hardcover edition.


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Seriously good reportage style of photography.
P. Swindells
There is only one criticism I have with the book and that is the type that is used for all the text.
James R. Holland
He is a huge fan of the Police and this is a great book for anyone who is.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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 P. Swindells 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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I love Andy's photos and comments, I am fascinated by the book, it offers a very clear and vivid image of the Police, of their relationship and their musical course and endeavours.
I have this book among my most loved ones, in my Sting and Police collection!
Thanks so much dear Andy!
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By Laura L. Townsend on September 7, 2010
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My only comment is Why Did I Wait So Long??? I'm more than glad I added this to my collection. Added bonus: a list of all the concerts from that time.
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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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