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One Train Later by Andy Summers

One Train Later

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A fascinating insight into one of our greatest musicians. Andy Summers contribution to musical history is huge and this book is one of the great music memoirs of recent time. There is so much Andy Summers had done before The Police even started. In the 60’s he was in London in the middle of the music scene he played with the likes of John Lee Hooker & Ben E King mixed with Eric Clapton & Jimi Hendrix, the list goes on and on. He played in several bands including Soft Machine and Dantalian's Chariot and has plenty of anecdotes to share but it is his obvious passion for music and the guitar that makes this such an absorbing read.

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One Train Later by Andy Summers

In this intimate and revealing book, world-renowned guitarist Andy Summers provides an honest and insightful account of a life dedicated to music. From his first guitar at age 13 and his early days on the Bournemouth jazz scene, to his relationships and encounters in London and the US with The Money Big Roll Band, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Neil Sedaka, David Essex and Eric Burdon’s second incarnation of The Animals, Summers proves himself a master of telling detail and dramatic anecdote. But, of course, Andy’s early work is only part of the story, and the account of his role as guitarist for The Police – a gig that only happened when, after returning from the US without work and prospects, he found himself on the same London train as Stewart Copeland – is the first full inside story of the band ever published. The heights of superstardom that The Police achieved have rarely been duplicated, and they were rivaled only by the personal chaos that such success brought about, an insight never lost on Andy in the telling. A constantly surprising and poetic memoir, One Train Later is the work of a premier guitarist and a first-class writer.


Summers leaves no stone unturned, even at the risk of casting himself in a less than flattering light. Truly great. - Record Collector A consistently droll read [Summers] freely acknowledges the many idiocies and falsities of the rock'n'roll life but is equally assured of music's redemptive, unifying force. - Q * A Joy to read One Train Later should sit happily between those other life-in-a-band classics, Ian Hunter's Diary of a Rock'n'Roll Star and Julian Cope's Head On, tracing the archetypal rock'n'roll arc from innocence to arrogance via moments of exquisite m *

About the Author

Andy Summers is a Grammy Award winner, an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Guitar Player Hall of Fame, and was the guitarist for The Police. He lives in California.

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Publication date

5th July 2007


Andy Summers

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Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd


464 pages


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