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One Train Later: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Andy Summers , The Edge
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From Publishers Weekly

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 cliché 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. (Oct.)
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From Booklist

The guitarist of the Police begins his entertaining, highly readable memoir of superstardom near the end, on August 18, 1983, at Shea Stadium, when the band became the first to play there since the Beatles. It was one of the band's last concerts. Thereafter, Summers discusses, quite eloquently, the Faustian pact fame seemingly involves, which in his case entailed divorce and estrangement from his daughter. He also spends a good portion of the book on his earlier life: his English seaside childhood in Bournemouth, his parents' difficult marriage (he and his younger brother were placed in an orphanage for six months), the first inklings of musical talent. He reports years of struggle, later moderate success in nationally known bands, and stints in the internationally known Soft Machine and the Animals before the Police. By his lights, life on the road with the Police was one hotel room in a strange city after another. A candid appraisal of the cost of celebrity. June Sawyers
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1137 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 372 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 031237481X
  • Verlag: Thomas Dunne Books; Auflage: 1st (1. April 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003J48CAY
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Schreiben kann er (auch). 10. Dezember 2008
Von Testanera
Noch so ein Popstar, der seine Lebensgeschichte aufschreibt? - Das erste, was mir dazu einfiel: Da hat wohl wieder irgend ein Musikjournalist, der es auch nicht leicht hat, immerhin ein paar Termine vereinbaren können, Mr Summers ausgefragt und die DAT-Mitschnitte dann abgetippt. Auf den Umschlag kommt dann noch der zugkräftige Name - und fertig ist wieder eine Legende.
Aber so war es wohl doch nicht. Hier schreibt einer wirklich, und er versucht auch eine Form zu finden. Und es gelingt ihm auch. Der Wortschatz, überhaupt das stilistische Repertoire des Autors Andy Summers übertrifft das des Gitarristen (der ja auch wirklich nicht schlecht ist) bei weitem.
Dagegen sollte man mal Stings "Broken Music" halten, dann wird deutlich, dass nicht jeder, der in den kleinen Formen zuhause ist, auch den großen Bogen raus hat.
Ich bin nicht gerade ein Police-Fan (erst recht nicht nach der Lektüre von Summers' Buch...), "One Train Later" war eher eine zufällige Ferienlektüre - aber sie hat sich gelohnt. Der Autor ist nicht doof und er hält seine Leser auch nicht für doof. Das ist leider im Metier der Autobiografien heute keine Selbstverständlichkeit mehr.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One Train Later 28. Juli 2009
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So inspiring, as Andy Summers was inspired himself in his younger days. This is the sophisticated sex, drugs & rock&roll way of life. Read it, sniff it, feel it. ;°)
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Biographie 10. November 2009
nichts neues, wenn man andere Police etc. Biographien gelesen hat !
kein Habenmuss !!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A funny blitz-force adventure of the highest order! 7. Oktober 2006
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This is an amazing "life story" told with heaping amounts of humor and insight -- easily accessible to both the hardcore Police fan, and the reader simply interested in gaining perspective on the churnings of the music business amidst a more spiritual pursuit. Andy uses his fantastic sense of humor to great effect here. I was constantly giggling at the absolute mayhem surrounding him at every turn. I had no idea he was such a roving wild man -- but from the man who wrote the classic "Behind My Camel" -- who would expect otherwise. I admire someone who enjoys Spinal Tap and Camus.

I'm baffled at his ability to stay sane amidst this carnival of motion. If you are even remotely interested in the sacrifice, hard work, and drive that it takes to "make it" in the music industry, this is required reading. Make plans, but do it in pencil. In the end, you follow the music. This book is a spiritual adventure. I'm looking forward to the next one!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Zelig-like, hysterically funny journey through modern popular culture! 10. Juni 2007
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I could NOT have enjoyed this book more!

Andy Summers proves to be a terrific writer. The book follows his life from childhood to the break-up of the Police.

I found myself laughing out loud often while reading this memoir. He's genuinely funny; describing a boxing match in which he was forced to participate in grade school, he comments that his loutish opponent burst from his corner towards him like "a dog with his tail on fire."

During a sojourn through Spain while still a teenager, he recounts a dinner where he and a friend are guests of a kind Spanish family, with two beautiful daughters there to tempt them. At the table, he says the mother enjoyed torturing them (by sitting them across from the two goddesses but preventing any sort of contact) "like a witch cooking two shrimps in her cauldron."

He's self-deprecating, witty and vivid with his descriptions of life in England, life on the road, observations on human behavior.

He's merciless in commenting on his own shortcomings, especially with his wife and with drug use. There are passages that are acutely painful, like how he let his family down while seduced by the life of a rock star.

On the other hand, I will never forget his description of what it is like to urinate while on LSD. I laughed so hard I had to put the book down.

I was continually surprised to see how he floated through popular culture, Zelig-like, for decades. The tale of the 1959 Les Paul Sunburst, Eric Clapton and the first Cream album will have you slack-jawed. Not only are there several episodes involving Clapton (and how he fits into rock history as a central figure), but Summers encounters people like Hendrix, places like NYC and LA, the psychedelic era, prog-rock...I had no idea he was such good friends with John Belushi! He captures Belushi wonderfully.

The birth of the Police is fascinating. Being one of the biggest Police fans ever, this was the initial reason for buying the book, being in The Police is a thread laced throughout the whole book.

You know they're gonna be huge, and then break up. It all happens with such inevitability, like some Shakespearean tragedy.

The image of the three guys pushing a dead van over a bridge in Paris is a riot, and the subsequent genesis of the song, "Roxanne" (and hence, the whole Police sound) is almost fairy-tale in it's construction.

Seriously, I feel like starting all over and reading this book one more time...there are SO many great passages, SO well written! His love of music...the appreciation for musical theory and infectious. You will want to learn how to play guitar after finishing this book.

The story of the Police plays out like the arc of a flare, burning impossibly bright for a few moments, sailing high, and then at it's apogee, it burns out. Disappeared.

The epilogue is most hopeful...both personally and professionally. It seems with the Police reunion this year, Mr. Summers may have done what he give us Police fans a proper farewell.

Just buy this's perfect for beach reading, perfect for ANY music fan, terrific for anyone who can appreciate good storytelling...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Rock 'n' Roll Story 16. Oktober 2006
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When I was in junior high, The Police was one of the biggest bands in the world and I was a huge fan. I had grown up listening mainly to sixties music like the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, etc. The Police was the first band I came to on my own and from my own era. No music group before or since has meant as much to me.

On the other hand, my brand of fandom mainly centered around playing my LPs over and over and over. I didn't care much about the personalities. Other than a few magazine interviews, I never knew much about the three musicians in the band and I don't read much in the way of exposes or biography. I will, however, read the occasional autobiography and when I saw this one by Andy Summers, I couldn't resist.

There was so much I didn't know about Andy that every page seemed a revelation and I was fascinated. I gained a lot of respect for this musician who went through the rigors of learning the guitar and held to his own musical tastes through the ups and downs of the business of music. I was also surprised to learn of Andy's close connections to so many other musical greats even before he was world famous himself--he gave Clapton one of his best guitars, he jammed with Hendrix, he played with the Animals. Wow.

Less interesting to me was the continual stories of drugs and drunkenness. I suppose it's part of his life and part of the rock `n' roll legend, but I quickly grew weary of the inebriated craziness and trippy observations. I, for one, actually am disappointed when I find out a musician has played a concert drunk and/or stoned, no matter how well he might feel he pulled it off. Of course, it wouldn't surprise me to be in the minority here.

Anyway, one of my disappointments in Sting's recent memoir was that he didn't talk about his time in The Police at all. Andy takes us through all the highs and lows of superstardom with what feels like a very refreshing honesty. It may be his point of view only (I'm sure Sting and Stewart would have things to say about some of Andy's observations) but I liked the fact that he was up front about the egotism that all three of them shared which made the band create great music but also blew them apart.

Overall, this is a very good book. Andy is a good writer and his prose is very dynamic though I would have dumped the recurring story of "August 18, 1983." It didn't add anything to the book and seemed twisted to unfold in a way that allowed him to tell the rest of the story. Still, anyone who liked The Police would be crazy to pass this up and anyone interested in the history of rock `n' roll will find a lot of great stuff here.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Happy Accident 20. Februar 2007
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First, I should say that I really quite enjoyed this book. At no time did I feel that I was being talked down to. Andy uses plain English to share the quite moving story of his early development as a musician, traversing the 60's, 70's and 80's, and seeing more of the world in that time than most of us will ever see. He shares annecdotes of his experiences with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon and the New Animals, John Belushi and a couple of guys names Gordon and Stewart, whom he still has a lot of good things to say about. All in all, an honest telling of a life of music, love, loss and redemption, and the assertion that music and love hold it all together.

Perhaps I'm a bit sentimental, but in light of the fact that The Police are reuniting this year, this book, along with Stewart's movie and perhaps Sting's own memoir of a few years ago, couldn't have come at a better time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen And, it's showtime... 28. Oktober 2006
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So, I'm on the road myself, on my own book tour stuff. Oddly, I haven't got anything of my own along for the trip; the bookstores in question can hand me a copy to read to the people who come along.

What I have got with me to read - the only thing - is Andy Summers' memoir. After the first couple of chapters, I've made myself a deal: I can pick it up anytime I like, except at bedtime, because if I try reading it then, I won't sleep. The book is so there, so real, so honest, and so damned evocative of a world I've spent some time in, that reading it before sleep is like conjuring ghosts.

It's also happens to be gorgeously written. Summers neither demonizes the darker patches of his world, nor glorifies them - the world of a professional musician making music, from session work to the old Speakeasy club in London in the sixties to the top of the world at Shea Stadium, is simply what it is. Pure musicians are born, and the music is not merely what they do, it's what they are. The music industry is the environment in which a consummate guitarist does what he does, and is what he is; the pitfalls and prizes are part of that environment.

The story of the Police is a fascinating read, but truth to tell, I was fascinated by every word of "One Train Later". I know the England he writes about, felt some serious pangs of memory as he described various smaller, quieter moments of life as a guitarist in the sixties, tasted the familiarity of California in the seventies and eighties.

If you're looking for dirt or canonisation, this may not be the perfect book for you. Any dirt in here is the dirt of a musician's daily grind, and he's not interested in beatifying his fellows, or demonizing them, either.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a stellar memoir by a world-class player about his life and work in the rarified and highly controversial environoment that is rock and roll?

Settle in for a killer good read. Just - don't do it at bedtime. You won't want to stop reading.
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