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Dazed and confused,
This review is from: One Train Later: A Memoir (Paperback)If you know that people took drugs in the 60's for spiritual awakening, and that rock stars live their lives like, well, rock stars, then you pretty much know everything about what Andy Summers considers memorable in his life.
It's difficult to tell what Andy is trying to say in his memoir. Most of the time he comes across as proud, happy, arrogant about his blessed life being a rock and roll superstar guitarist, doing lots of drugs along the way, cavorting with friends like Belushi based on a common drug induced experience, untold numbers of sexcapades with fans, and the ruination of his marriage. Did I mention he apparently has done a lot of drugs over the years? Then there is the apparent bitterness that has not gone away over the dissolution of The Police by Sting. It is hard to tell though, after reading about all of Andy's adventures being a "rock god" (Andy's words) whether he is bitter about not having the creative outlet of The Police, or the success and all the good stuff (like drugs) that came as a result.
Andy's early years playing in London are interesting, but the book seems to be in a rush to get to The Police years. And then as fast as we transported to those days, they are over, and apparently Andy thinks everything that happened after 1983 has been so unremarkable that there is no need to write about them, so you really learn nothing about Andy that you didn't already know if you were a fan back in the day.
Mostly the book comes across as depressing. Andy states that "the music" is the most important thing but doesn't mention one bit of what music he pursued, played, or was interested in after 1983. Should we care that he is also into photography and took pictures of ashtrays? The breakup of The Police is something Andy apparently can't get over, and yet not once did Andy mention that he actually misses Sting or Stewart Copeland. They are never described as friends and they apparently did nothing outside of the band together, except perhaps drugs in the hotel rooms. To me that is the saddest part of the entire book.
Lennon was quoted once as saying "You have all the (Beatles) records if you want to reminisce." That would probably be the best thing any Police fan could do - listen to "the music", and not bother with this depressing book.
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Initial post: Mar 14, 2012 9:04:09 AM PDT
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Nom DePlume says:
Oh, jeez, I wish I'd read this review BEFORE I wasted money and time on the book. Everything you wrote is spot-on... I was debating writing a bad review of this book myself but was hesitant, as I'm a pretty devout Police fan and wouldn't want to bring any negativity to the group, even after their dissolution. But holy crap -- I've never read a more pretentious, overblown, hypocritical, self-pitying, and downright boring piece of tripe as "One Train Later". Glad to hear that Andy's finally (apparently) found some peace in his life but please... stick to writing music, not memoirs.
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