Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Police

I just finished reading Andy Summer's book Last Train about his days as musician before and with the Police. At least half of the book deals with his life before he joined the group and even after he joined the book isn't one of those books that tell all these dark secrets and such of the group. He really doesn't get into a lot of the behind the scene stuff with the Police. He mentions drugs and groupies and fights but mostly in an offhanded way that doesn't tell you a lot. He talks more about his early days with groups like the Animals and breaking in as a musician. He's actually a good writer and most of this book is very good. I tend to get bored when he started talking about some of his drug trips and my eyes would glaze over. He doesn't try to paint himself as the hero and everyone else the villain of the piece. He takes his lumps and admits to being something of a jerk, especially during the heights of fame during the Police.

The Police are one of those groups that when they were first around I was in love with. I saw them in concert and bought up each album as it came out. But somehow over time I find myself less in love with them. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I'm not that in love with them anymore. I have the same situation with the Eagles, another group that at one time I was very into and now don't really care as much for. I like the Police still, but for me they haven't held up over time as well as others.


Bond said...

Sounds interesting. Was also a Police fan in the day, but their recent tour held no interest to me

JohnH985 said...

I wasn't too keen to go see them on their new tour. Besides not being that into them now the price of tickets was way too high.

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