Andy Summers, of The Police, has released a new collection of short fiction inspired by his career.
I’m not claiming that everything Andy Summers accomplishes is miraculous, but take a look at the proof. There’s his celebrated self-penned memoir, his frequently exhibited photography, and the minor matter of his six-string sorcery with The Police, formerly the world’s largest band. The renaissance man of pop has now branched out into short stories.
His new book, Fretted & Moaning, has already piqued the curiosity of television producers, despite the fact that it has yet to be released. From his home in Santa Monica, California, guitarist Andy tells me, “I met with someone this week to speak about modifying it.” “There is absolutely room on television for something eccentric and quietly strange.”
He’s written 45 short stories, one for every seven-inch single’s rpm. All of them have a grim twist to them.
Summers’ fine writing (his droll, honest One Train After is one of the best rock autobiographies) and sense of humour will not surprise fans.
Andy created Mother and Be My Girl Sally, two of The Police’s funniest songs, about a man’s love for his inflatable doll.
He giggles, “You need a sense of humour in this business.” “Gallows comedy to get through a musician’s life.”
Andy’s stories introduce us to competing country artists Carter Lewis and Lewis Carter, as well as Sullivan, whom he describes as “a composite rock star.” “He appealed to me, so he appears in four of the stories.”
Sagebrush, a Western story, and A Corpse In Tinsel Town, a 1930s-set film, are two of his personal favorites.
Characters include an, ahem, resourceful publicist, who is based on rock publicist Keith Altham, who famously ordered Jimi Hendrix to set fire to his guitar and handled the Police’s press for years. “I liked Keith, but we were so naive at the time that we just went along with whatever he said.”
The worlds of lowbrow and highbrow culture collide. Zen Buddhism and Ivan Ilyich are both discussed. In one scenario, the classical guitar composition Etude No 11 is featured in a vivid fantasy.
All of the stories are about music, and many of them are based on personal experiences. “I had one standing outside my house,” Andy, 78, recounts of The Stalker. “From there, it wasn’t difficult to go to this made-up scenario.”
He said that the cops “went through everything.” “We were imprisoned in a dressing room in Italy for a night while protests erupted outside. We couldn’t do it another time. ”Brinkwire Summary News,” as it is known.