Andy Summers, Police Officer, launches a new collection of short fiction that is inspired by his professional career

one for every rpm of a seven-inch singleAndy has written 45 short stories – one for every rpm of a seven-inch single (Image: Rebecca Sapp/Getty)

Fretted & Moaning is his new book and has already attracted TV attention. It’s still not yet published. Andy, a guitarist from Santa Monica tells me that he met someone to discuss adapting the book. There’s room to do something a little bit oddball or quietly strange on TV.

His short stories are 45 in number, one per seven inch single. Each story has a dark twist.

Summers’s skillful writing will not surprise fans – One Train After, his honest and droll One Train After autobiography is one of rock’s best – nor his sense of humor.

Andy wrote Mother and Be My Girl-Sally two of The Police’s most funny songs about a man’s love affair with his inflatable doll.

He chuckles, “You need to have a sense of humor in this industry.” Gallows’ humor is essential to live the musician life.

Andy’s stories show us rival country stars Carter Lewis & Lewis Carter and Sullivan – “a composite rockstar,” he said. He’s featured in four stories because I liked him.

He loves the Western tale Sagebrush and 1930s set A Corpse In Tinsel Town.

The characters include an inventive publicist, who is affectionately inspired rock PR Keith Altham. Altham was the man who instructed Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar, and managed the Police’s press coverage for many years. I liked Keith but we were too innocent to resist his suggestions.

Highbrow and lowbrow cultures often mix. Both Zen Buddhism and Ivan Ilyich are mentioned. Casablanca is the story of one story, while Etude No 11 classical guitar piece features in vivid fantasies.

The tales all relate to music, with many drawing from firsthand experiences. Andy, 78 says that even The Stalker had “one standing outside of my house.” It was easy to change that situation to the one I created.

He says that the Police went through “it all.” We spent the night in an Italian dressing room while there were riots outside. We couldn’t even leave the hotel three days later. The word “help” was written on a roll of toilet paper that we got from the local pharmacy.

Summers says, “I have been on the scene for a long time so I’m well-equipped.” Summers, a Lancashire native, has been a star worldwide for over 42 years. He is also a professional musician for 20 more.

Andy playing guitalAll of the stories are music related and draw on personal experience (Image: Rebecca Sapp/Getty)

Five years later, The Police had been driving their van broken through London streets after they said that “playing to nobody” was enough for them. They were now headlining New York City’s Shea Stadium five years later. They topped the US charts that year with Synchronicity for four months consecutively.

The group became an industry worth millions of dollars, with hits such as Walking On The Moon and Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.

Andy was a master of complicated chords, harmonics, and effects. This made Andy an integral part of The Police’s music sound. The song Every Breath You Give was elevated by Andy’s guitar playing.

He says that Summers is a “pretty literary person”. He says, “As a teenager, I read Siddhartha and Herman Hesse. That kind of s ***. was my favorite book.” I was also a bookish friend of mine. Dostoyevsky was shared with us, and I would be able to better grasp it if it were read now.

The Police performing on stageThe Police became a multi-million-dollar band (Image: Jeff Kravitz/Getty)

Andrew Somers was born in Bournemouth. Andy, a war baby, was raised there. His mother was a bomb-maker and his father worked as an aviator. When he founded The Midnights in 1993, he was only 13 years old. They played American folk songs like Midnight Special and toured with their school friends. Jazz (alongside Brigitte Barrot) ignited his teenage ambitions.

He says, “Jazz is where I began – Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis. Courtney Pine.” I listen to some pretty interesting music right now.”

Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band was his first group. This R&B band became very popular in the mod scene of the 1960s. They would play 13 gigs in a week, with regular shows, late nights, and Sunday sets.

In 1966, Big Time Operator was their only success. They became Dantalian’s Chariot, a psychedelic acid rock band a year later. Andy was part of avant-garde group Soft Machine when the Chariot’s wheels fell off. Later, Andy became a member of late-American line-up The Animals With Zoot.

He was a Los Angeles resident during the hippy era and met Kate there, the woman he would marry.

They split after four years of being together at the peak of Police stardom in 1981. However, they reconciled. The couple has three adult children.

Summers began playing jazz after the Police’s final Melbourne gig in 1984. He also pursued photography as a hobby. Throb was his 1983 first photo book. He also contributed to films such as Down And Out in Beverly Hills.

Based on the author’s memoir, this documentary explores the band’s turbulent, but exciting years.

Police returned to form for an inspiring 2007-8 tour. It ended on a high note. Andy has released 15 solo albums and is currently working on a novel.

“I had been writing a screenplay for a story, but I decided to make it a novel yesterday and came up with lots of ideas. It will be at most a novella, I believe. This is like creating music. You have to take a break and then come back two days later. Get perspective. The subconscious will do the rest.

“I have woken up before with a story in me; many good ideas can come at strange moments.”

Short-story writing is more common in America than England. Sam Shepard is a favorite of mine. A second collection is something I am thinking of. I still have stories …”

Andy playing guitarAndy owns “about 150” guitars (Image: Mark Sullivan/Getty)

Andy still enjoys guitars, and he has “about 150”, along with television from his old country.

“I love the British sense and ability to irony that most Americans lack. British television is something I enjoy. Ricky Gervais is a comedian that makes me smile. “Afterlife was a great show, his stand up absolutely fantastic.”

Line Of Duty also hooked him. Jed Mercurio is a great writer. It’s a great way to feel the tension, the layers and it also feels authentic. He would make you think that he were a police officer.

“He’s still waiting for word on when he will tour again.” I hope this spring. “At the moment I am on Instagram daily, social media is my only job.

“Depending on whether there is a pandemic, I have a London photography show on 21 October. A Latin American tour that included nine countries was cancelled by me and a Brazilian band.

Roberto Menescal is a Brazilian superstar, while Fernanda Takai has worked with him.

My other band covers Police, and it features all-star Brazilian musicians. Roberto and I are both good at bossa nova. For the World Environmental Congress, we’re expected to be in Glasgow on November 1.

“I also have a solo multimedia show with photos, and I’m also playing solo guitar pieces. It’s a great time to get back to work.

It’s something I have always done. “Being brave is what keeps my going. Happy is what I am. It’s paradise. I don’t have to work hard. You want more? You can give me more medals.

I feel quite good. All my goals were achieved. It’s not what I want to do. “I’m happy being a creative artist.”

Rocket 88 Books published Andy Summers’ Fretted and Moaning stories on August 19. Available to order ONLY at

Publited Sat, 07 August 2021 at 23:01:00 +0000


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