This book is about the man Sting, his upbringing, his hard but steady climb to fame as a singer/songwriter/bassist and the people who surrounded him.
Most autobiographies are a sort of chronological record of what happened, when, where and what followed. Sting's book is not like that. As he says in the forward, he was drawn to exploring specific moments, certain people and relationships.
As you would expect, Sting is a rather gentle writer and colours the aspects of any particular moment well with carefully thought out prose.
Sting is a great storyteller and you find yourself quickly drawn into the characters, emotion and the era. He relates some really hilarious events and this book will have you laughing quite a few times indeed.
In this book, you'll learn Sting's real name, why he became to be called Sting, how he came to write the hit Roxanne etc. These little gems are not loudly broadcast, rather they are discreetly dropped in the conversation here and there. You get the impression that these things just sort of happened gently and grew slowly rather than the result of some cataclysmic bang!
This book is one I will re-read time and time again as it such 'nice reading'. There is a spot of sadness toward the end of the book which took me by surprise, but life never comes without some form of misery along the way
I thoroughly recommend this book to any musician, especially bsaaists. You come to realise that Sting's rise to fame was hard fought and required a lot of effort and talent on his part. Thank you Sting!