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Publisher Description

“Sting’s gift for prose and reverence for language, nearly the equal of his musical gifts, shine on every page. Even when Broken Music addresses the quixotic life of an aspiring rock & roller, it reads like literature from a more rarified time when adults didn’t condescend to the vulgarities of pop culture.” —Rolling Stone

Having been a songwriter most of my life, condensing my ideas and emotions into short rhyming couplets and setting them to music, I had never really considered writing a book. But upon arriving at the reflective age of fifty, I found myself drawn, for the first time, to write long passages that were as stimulating and intriguing to me as any songwriting I had ever done.

And so Broken Music began to take shape. It is a book about the early part of my life, from childhood through adolescence, right up to the eve of my success with the Police. It is a story very few people know.

I had no interest in writing a traditional autobiographical recitation of everything that’s ever happened to me. Instead I found myself drawn to exploring specific moments, certain people and relationships, and particular events which still resonate powerfully for me as I try to understand the child I was, and the man I became.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 28
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Goddess4526 ,

Broken Music

Would recommend to anyone. Eloquently written and fun to read. Didn't want to put it down.
Thanks to Sting for his willingness to be vulnerable enough to share his journey. Loved it!

4thplacefinisher ,

Mercury Falling?

Not so. This thoughtful autobiography is very well written and lets us take a look into the life of an amazing artist. What I enjoyed the most was being able to correlated individual songs and themes in his music almost directly to people and events in his life. Sting takes care not to overstate his own greatness, which I think is considerable, and takes full responsibility in the text for his choices and how those choices affected the lives of those closest to him. He comes across as human and approachable. After reading this, I think I would be comfortable doing just that. Mercury definitely rising on this autobiography. Strongly recommended if you like Sting, the Police, or just good writing.

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