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Dimensions:
210 × 148 mm
248 pages
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781780238135
Illustrations:
30 illustrations
Published:
01 Sep 2017
Series:
Reverb
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Sting From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold Paul Carr

Born in a mainly working-class area of North Tyneside in 1951, Gordon Sumner would become one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Known professionally as Sting, he was the lead singer for the band The Police from 1977 to 1984, before launching a hugely successful solo career. The foundations of Sting’s creativity and drive for success were established in the region of his birth, with vestiges of his ‘Northern Englishness’ continuing to emerge in his music long after he left the area.

Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Police, this is the first book to examine the relationship between Sting’s working-class background in Newcastle and the creativity and inspiration behind his music. Focusing on the sometimes-blurry borderlines between nostalgia, facts, imagination and memories – as told by Sting, the people who knew (and know) him, and those who have written about him – Carr investigates the often complex resonance between local boy Gordon Sumner and the star the world knows as Sting.

This book will be of great interest to the many fans of Sting and The Police, as well as those interested in the history of popular music.

‘Paul Carr’s carefully researched study of Sting is clearly written out of deep appreciation for the man and his music, but it demonstrates why even non-fans should get to know him. Rather than focus on anecdote and personality, the book gets to the heart of what makes Sting tick musically without being drily academic. It negotiates well the seeming contradictions of this Geordie “world citizen”, providing fascinating detail about aspects of Sting’s sound, how it signifies, and how it has been achieved, leading to a rounded picture of a major musician.’ – Allan F. Moore, Professor Emeritus, Department of Music, University of Surrey

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Paul Carr is Professor of Popular Music Analysis at the University of South Wales. He has worked as a professional musician with The James Taylor Quartet and former Miles Davis sideman Bob Berg