Broken Music: A Memoir
10 journalers for this copy...
Be still my beating heart...it's Sting's autobiography! Actually, it's a memoir of his childhood and adolescence, ending just as the Police are about to make it big. I can't wait to read this, and since I know I'm not alone, I've started a bookring (normally I'm a bookray sort of person, but this is Sting we're talking about, so I want it back!)
So far, the following people have signed up for this bookring:
biba89 (The Netherlands)
bibliofille (US APO)
This was a highly readable, fascinating account of Sting's early years. In many ways, this book was like Sting's music--intelligent, passionate and often deeply moving. Sting acquits himself well as a writer and offers some interesting tidbits along the way--for example, he hated the name "the Police"--that was Stewart Copeland's idea. Who knew?
In short, I'd say this is essential reading for any serious Sting fan.
This book will be starting the first leg of its world tour on Monday, November 10.
Got the book today!! Thanks, genevalove!! Can't wait to read all about Sting! ;)
Journal Entry 4
To another bookcrosser in Lisboa, Lisboa -- Controlled Releases on Monday, May 24, 2004
Released on Monday, May 24, 2004
at To another bookcrosser
in Lisboa, Lisboa Controlled Releases.
I'm so sorry I just couldn't get into it. I'll probably get my own copy later, because I truly am a fan of Sting's. I don't know why but I couldn't get into it. Anyway, I mailed this out to letra today. I hope she enjoys it! :D
Journal Entry 5
on Thursday, August 26, 2004
The date on the mail stamp says 28.05.2004 - four whole months in the sea between Malasya and Portugal!!!
The book is in perfect condition, though, and I'll probably start reading it this weekend, as soon as I'm done with About a boy
Thank you Genevalove and Starbytes :)
Journal Entry 6
on Friday, December 31, 2004
I can't believe it took me almost four months to read this! It wasn't the book's fault though :)
Sting's Broken Music is a very enjoyable read, especially for someone who was a huge fan for years, like me.
I'm contacting the next person on the list and mailing the book ASAP. Happy new year!!
Journal Entry 7
on Sunday, January 02, 2005
On the way to The Netherlands!
Biba89 has just left for a three week trip so she probably won't be able to make a journal entry before the end of January.
Now here's a surprise for me. I all but forgot about signing up for this ring. Thanks everyone, I will swiftly read it and send it on it's way!
Finished it this morning, will add more. Now I have to get thelydia's address, since kalipriestess and thelivelywriter stepped out of the ring momentarily. Perhaps they can be transferred to the end of this ring.
I wanted to join this ring, since I am somewhat of a fan. But then, I am a fan of Sting's music, not so much of him as a person.
It was an interesting read, though, to see a bit of how someone we know as a million selling pop star gets to that stage, from being the son of a milkman, dreaming about a life of music.
That is what interested me - how he kept on believing in his own talent, plodding on endlessly, practising, performing in small town café's for years, just because he believed in himself and never gave up. Apart from that, I wasn't really interested in reading about the girlfriends and the broken marriages.
This book goes to thelydia today. Hey! I sent it off within two weeks! How about keeping up this pace?
Holy smokes! I also forgot signing up for this ring! Got the book in yesterdays mail, read it yesterday and will mail it off as soon as I get katssokrazy's address! This was a great surprise! I looooveee anything biographical, it doesn't even have to be anyone important. Just other peoples stories are so fascinating to me. Thanks SO much!!
Journal Entry 12
NS Mayport Post Office in Mayport, Florida USA on Thursday, March 03, 2005
Released 14 yrs ago (3/3/2005 UTC) at NS Mayport Post Office in Mayport, Florida USA
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Mailed off today to katssokrazy as part of a bookring.
I'm another person who forgot about being in this ring. I got the book in the mail today and will start reading it this weekend.
Boy did I struggle with the second half of this book. While it was interesting to see where Sting got his start, I just never felt like it was Sting speaking. So a really mixed opinion from me. I enjoyed it, liked the background it gave me, but the 'voice' of the memoir left me cold. I'll be sending to Saoirse as soon as I get an address.
Got it! Very much looking forward to this one.
I've always been drawn to intellectual musicians, such as Sting, Billy Joel, John Lennon. I was not surprised to find this memoir to be full of poetic phrasing, intellectual analysis...and yes, arrogance. Despite Sting's repeated objections to the contrary, he is extremely arrogant. Well, with his looks, talant and brain I guess it's easy to see why he would be.
I did have to keep a dictionary nearby, as the man uses a dizzying vocabulary, which I loved! Mmmm, delicious words!
It would have been nice if he had included a photo section. I would have liked to see pictures of himself in the Last Exit period, as well as pictures of Frances and Trudie (his wives), his parents, and his children.
Fabulous book, thanks so much for sharing! I'll post a full review at http://www.sex-kitten.net for the Music issue.
Pinging next person on the list for an address, and the book will soon be traveling again.
Journal Entry 17
person-to-person hand-off in Carrollton, Texas -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Released 13 yrs ago (5/10/2005 UTC) at person-to-person hand-off in Carrollton, Texas -- Controlled Releases
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I'll meet UTdaisy at Starbucks to pass this book along, since we live in the same town.
I met a great BookCrosser at Starbucks in Carrollton to pick this up for the bookring that I'm in. I read the book in just a day or so and I'm about to email the next person so it can be on it's way!
I received this a few days ago, and finished it last night. It was a good read - a bit overly descriptive regarding the details of his gigs. Not as much information on the past 15 years as I would have liked, but a very insightful look into what drives Sting, and how passionate he is about his musical 'hobby'. Interesting read - I'd recommend for devout fans of his.
Arrived yesterday. Tried to journal it last night but the BC site was having major problems. Glad to see its been fixed and I can now journal the book.
The background info was interesting. Wish there had been a photo section as its always nice to be able to match the faces with the part of the story are associated with.
Through my work with the Houston Blues Society I have a number of musician friends. Most of them share a number personality traits. In order to make a living in the music industry there must be a certain amount of arrogance and determination. Sting put a lot of effort into his work in order to succeed.
Some of the personal info relates to the person he is today while a few others could have been left out and wouldn't have been missed. Overall it was a very good read.