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Sting: Back on the Beat

Touted by fans for his charisma and scorned by critics for his egomania, Sting is one of the most commercially successful and most controversial rock artists performing today. A schoolteacher from Newcastle, Sting soared to international fame and the top of the seventies rock charts with The Police, one of the most popular bands on the planet. After the band folded, he emerged as a solo start with hit singles, critically acclaimed albums, worldwide sell-out tours, and a host of Grammys, not to mention raves for his work in film and on Broadway. Yet Sting's career has been turbulent-an accomplished jazz bassist and vastly talented musician, he has been charged with playing punk and reggae for careerist convenience. He has been accused of single-handedly breaking up The Police at the peak of its rock band powers. And his much publicized work on behalf of Amnesty International and the Brazilian rainforests has been equally admired and disdained. In this updated edition of the first full-length biography of Sting, Christopher Sandford examines the substance behind the cliche, the creative disagreements--and physical violence--among The Police; the musical intelligence that produced such albums as Nothing Like the Sun and Ten Summoner's Tales; Sting's ecological campaigning and financial dealings; and his numerous sexual entanglements. Here is Sting, the legend, the man, the political activist, the performer who continues to fascinate the world.
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Christopher Sanford, a rock music critic and reviewer for more than twenty years, has written well-received biographies of Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, and David Bowie.


"Sandford brings impressive skill to this portrait of Sir Paul McCartney ...Here, he is a more complex man than is sometimes presented, a cross between an egocentric, workaholic stoner who writers cute tunes and the most accomplished musician and nicest guy of the last forty years... Sandford's book is well researched and clearly written... Highly recommended."

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