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Date Posted: 17:16:12 04/09/04 Fri
Author: Syl
Subject: Broken Music

Here's the latest from BGWJ. Thanks, lass!


TITLE: Broken Music

AUTHOR: Gordon Sumner (Sting)

GENRE: a Memoir


This book is a memoir written by Gordon Sumner, otherwise known as
Sting. Anyone who is a fan of him or the group Police, or simply a music
student starting out, will enjoy it. The book covers his early years in Newcastle and
what prompted him to take up music, and through his early years as a part of
the group Police. He didnít become a performer overnight, however. It took a lot of
hard work. In fact the title came from something his grandmother said to
him about learning to play something nice instead of all that "broken
music".

Sting came from a dysfunctional family situation. Music was his
escape, his life. Everything else was only a reason to exist to play more
music. He turns a good phrase and the writing has a melodic flow to
it. Occasionally, he turns a phrase that shows his education. He is really
an intelligent person, and believe it or not, was a school teacher.

He draws his lyric subject matter from his life experiences. It was a
surprise how he came up with the lyrics for Roxanne, one of my favorite
songs. I thought it referred to his mother or a girl friend. Not so. Read the
book to find out where/why he wrote it.

The book is a good read, easy to follow and one you hate to put down. It
will be interesting to see if he does a follow up book.

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[> Thanks for the review. I have always thought Sting an amusing chap. There was a good story on him a week or so ago. Someone called him on his statement that he enjoyed eight hours of Tantric sex. He said he had to explain, there was four hours of begging, then dinner and a movie and the rest was sex. I loved it! -- beccabee, 21:02:34 04/09/04 Fri


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[> [> LOL Beccabee, thats too funny -- Margy, 14:35:40 04/10/04 Sat


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[> Thanks for the review, Bev. It's definitely a book no Sting fan should miss. :D -- Judie, 22:23:34 04/09/04 Fri


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[> Well I'm not a Sting fan so I'll probably give this a miss, don't want to start the old disagreement up again. Having said that maybe I should read it, perhaps I'd get a different perspective on his life and the way he's turned out. Hmmm. Food for thought definitely. Thanks for the review lass. -- Gwen, 02:27:22 04/10/04 Sat


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[> Thanks for this review! -- Antje, 10:35:27 04/11/04 Sun


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