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   スティングが、大切な人や彼らとの関係、忘れがたい出来事の余韻を聞きながら書いたという、特別な「自伝」。

「そうしたもの(余韻)が、ずっとぼくの心のなかで強く響いている。ぼくはその余韻を聞きながら、自分がどんな子供だったか、そしてどんな大人になったかを理解しようとしている」
   父と牛乳配達をした少年時代からポリスで成功する直前までが 描かれた貴重な「スティング物語」。アメリカ、イギリスですでに大きな話題。たとえば、新譜「Sacred Love」を聴きながら読みたい。

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Having been a songwriter most of my life, condensing my ideas and emotions into short rhyming couplets and setting them to music, I had never really considered writing a book. But upon arriving at the reflective age of fifty, I found myself drawn, for the first time, to write long passages that were as stimulating and intriguing to me as any songwriting I had ever done.

And so Broken Music began to take shape. It is a book about the early part of my life, from childhood through adolescence, right up to the eve of my success with the Police. It is a story very few people know.

I had no interest in writing a traditional autobiographical recitation of everything that’s ever happened to me. Instead I found myself drawn to exploring specific moments, certain people and relationships, and particular events which still resonate powerfully for me as I try to understand the child I was, and the man I became.

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  • ハードカバー: 352ページ
  • 出版社: The Dial Press (2003/10/25)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0385336780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385336789
  • 発売日: 2003/10/28
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投稿者 romarin 殿堂入りレビュアートップ1000レビュアーVINE メンバー 投稿日 2009/9/4
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本書は英歌手スティングの自伝で、主にバンド「ポリス」が大成功していくまでの道程を15章にわたって綴っている。
スティングの人生の物語は突然、1987年ブラジルという舞台から始まる。幻覚作用を持つ植物飲料アヤフアスカを飲んで、
ビジョンを見始めるスティング。読者は冒頭から、リオデジャネイロ郊外の夜へと誘われ、スティングの見たビジョンの中に入り込む。
そこから思い起こされてゆく家族の思い出、自分の幼少時代が語られ、スティングの人生行路を読者は共に追い始める。
両親のこと、小さい頃の生活や小学校時代の話、学校での教育、学科目や体罰のこと、ガールフレンドのことまで、スティングは細かに描写。
辞書を引き引き外国語で読んでいるにも関わらず、イングランド北部でのスティングの生活や周囲の情景が鮮やかにイメージされてくる。
訪ねたこともないタイン川河口のウォールズエンドの町が、まるで映像を見ているように目に浮かんでくる。
ライナーノーツや歌詞をみてもわかる素晴らしい英文で、スティングは音楽への情熱も語っていく。
特に多く書かれているのが主に地元で行った地道なライブ活動で、ニューカッスルの辺りで活動を続けたLast Exitというバンドでの経験や、
何とか成功したいと努力し続けるスティングの姿が印象に残る。ミュー
...続きを読む ›
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Even for those people who have followed Sting since the 1970s, Broken Music will bring new insights into what made the man and his music.
By detailing his personal, academic and musical backgrounds in an an interwoven style, the reader can build (or rebuild), construct and deconstruct the music and his life. Sting has managed to give something new to those who know something of his life and at the same time offer a cleverly written story-like pseudo autobiography accessible to everyone.
Superb! Your bookshelf is too big without this one!
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投稿者 takogirl 投稿日 2005/1/29
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私はスティングがとても大好きである。
そのスティングの自伝が読めるなんてとても信じられない。
アメリカ・イギリスですでに話題になっているとの事だが、
確かになると思う。
自分の中ではミステリアスな人だっただけに、これを機会に
もっとスティングという人を理解出来る良いチャンスに恵まれた事に
感謝する。
ファンの人、ファンでない人も必読の本だと思います。
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投稿者 mairo 投稿日 2009/9/30
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読めばきっと生身の人間としてのスティングを感じ取れるはず。

文章力はさすがです。教職に就いていたということもあるでしょうが、言葉に対する興味、関心が子供の頃からとても強かったのだと思います。

スティングのことは12才の頃からずっと好きでしたが、雑誌の中のスティングではなく、生身の人間として生きているスティングを身近に感じられる、私にとってはとても大切な本です。
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x994bfd44) Broken Music 2003/10/28
投稿者 D. Dunn - (Amazon.com)
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When Sting announced that he was writing a memoir, like most people we thought that the book would focus on the life of Sting the rock star and of Sting the celebrity. After all, he has sold close to 100 million albums around the world, fronted the most successful band of the early '80s, subsequently pursued a solo career that has outstripped the success of his Police days in album sales, has been a long-time supporter of good causes raising some $18 million for the Rainforest Foundation, and is generally recognised as one of the most famous people on the planet. It was a no-brainer.
Except that Sting is a self confessed risk taker.
So perhaps we should not be too surprised that his memoir, 'Broken Music', is a product of that risk taking. Instead of opting for the easy route and focusing on the years of fame and success that would have guaranteed wide publicity and huge sales, Sting decided to tell us a much more interesting story. 'Broken Music' is the story of a boy growing to adulthood in an industrial city in northern England; of his relationship with his parents; of first love, lost love, his love of music and where these experiences eventually took him.
As with most individuals, certain events from his childhood are not happy memories for Sting. The separation from his friends as a result of passing the "11-plus" exam that sent him to grammar school and the regular canings at school for trivial offences for example are still resented to this day. Like many families at that time, open displays of affection were uncommon in the Sumner household, and Sting is very open and honest in describing both the relationship between his parents and his relationships with each of them.
Sting had discovered music at an early age through the family's piano and his parent's record collection and later with a battered old guitar donated by an emigrating uncle. His mid-teens saw him learning guitar licks from records, playing music with his friends at the local YMCA and attending Newcastle's Club a Go-Go, where he witnessed influential appearances by the likes of the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Jimi Hendrix.
'Broken Music' tells a fascinating tale about Sting's involvement with his early bands, Earthrise, The Phoenix Jazzmen, The Newcastle Big Band and Last Exit and of his time on a cruise ship with the Ronnie Pearson Trio. Relatively little has been known about this period, and to read it in Sting's own words is a real pleasure. The trials and tribulations of Last Exit - including their Spinal Tap propensity for losing guitar players in bizarre circumstances (to local pantomimes) - make fascinating reading, and fans of The Police will love the unique insight into the chance meetings that led to the formation of the band, and of the pivotal moments in the band's early days.
'Broken Music' (the title actually comes from a phrase his grandmother used to describe his early attempts at playing the piano) is a wonderful written memoir. In turns it is sad, wry, often very funny and always interesting. In retrospect it is no great surprise to find that someone with the ability to write lyrics as beautifully as Sting should be able to write so eloquently and descriptively in a longer form such as this. We found our attention gripped throughout its 300 plus pages and are firmly of the view that the risk of telling the story of Sting 'the man' rather than Sting 'the celebrity' was certainly one that paid off. It is a book that provides a genuinely insightful look at the events that shaped the person we hear on the radio and see performing for us on stage. If this is what Sting intended then 'Broken Music' is a complete success.
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9b9e6138) This Singer Can WRITE.... 2003/11/16
投稿者 Deborah A. Broeker - (Amazon.com)
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Having never been much of a fan of Sting's various bands(except for a few tunes from "Police"), I wasn't quite sure why I picked up this book to read, except that I had read a few reviews which made it clear it was NOT about his superstar exploits, which hold no interest for me. But if you want to learn about Sting, the boy, the man, the singer, AND the writer...it is an absolutely incredible piece of work. He takes you so intimately into his life growing up in a small town in Northern England and gives you an incredible portrait of someone who clearly remembers where he came from, and how that affected who he became...AWESOME reading! I'm going out today to buy one of his CD's too!
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9b9e76e4) Insight into the man and artist... 2003/11/15
投稿者 C. Middleton - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
It seems to be human nature to bring down those we perceive as successful people. In Australia we have a term for this habit - The Tall Poppy Syndrome. If the plant is seen to be towering over the rest of the crop, our first inclination is to cut its head off, bringing it down to an acceptable level along with the rest of us. The subject and author of this excellent biography is one of the most successful artists in the last twenty years. And its no surprise that the man has experienced some heavy criticism over this time, and the fiercest attempted decapitations have come from Sting's home ground, the British tabloids. Sting is an accomplished and award winning musician, lyricist, songwriter, poet, actor and a sincere environmental activist. He has more money than he knows what to do with, (somewhere in the vicinity of $ 200 million) and now at the crest of a new album, (Sacred Love) he publishes an autobiography, a memoir, about his childhood and musical journey to international stardom. Considering this man's incredible success, I went into the reading with a hint of trepidation, my tall poppy scythe firm in hand - would this memoir be a gloating exercise, another `success story' with the usual tired anecdotes and prosaic self-deprecating questions - "Why me? I'm just a regular guy like the rest of you." Let me just say that this biography was an enormous surprise and one exceptional read.
The narrative begins with Sting's controversial experience in South America, where he ingested an ancient medicine, used predominately by a Christian syncretic group, known as Ayahuasca. He describes this experience in atmospheric detail and the various visions he witnessed during the religious ceremony. Sting's prose is quite accomplished throughout the book. For example, the actual scene from his religious experience:
"The entire room seems to be gripped in this visceral struggle. Some writhe in their seats, others have clearly capitulated, open-mouthed and corpselike, while others seem calm and transfixed as if by beatific visions. Then, as a bizarre counterpoint to the call of the thunder, the retching begins." (P.9)
This incredible experience irrevocably changed the man, and by his own account, he really hasn't viewed the world in the same way since. From this religious experience in the jungles of Brazil, he invites us to take part in a reflective journey about his childhood and his discovery of music. There is an irrefutable honesty in this book. His feelings about his friends, colleagues, lovers, parents and his response to the various deaths of loved ones, was at once moving and acutely sensitive without a hint of sentimentality.
This is a book that all Sting and Police fans should read, as it reveals insights into the man and the artist in an honest, elegant and entertaining manner. A first-rate memoir.
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9b7e230c) WONDERFUL BOOK 2003/11/3
投稿者 Carlos - (Amazon.com)
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Incredible as it seems, maybe this could be a first in rock: A memoir that is closer to Paul Auster or Roddy Doyle than to a book about a celebrity.
The prose is exquisite (some may say that too high brow), like the lirics of his songs; the emotion genuine and touching; the cadence, well, it reads like a family saga; respectful to all the persons involved, seldom seen in the pop world, showing integrity above all, not cheap gossip or yellow pages here.
Fascinating.
FELICIDADES STING, TUS PRIMERAS ACTUACIONES FUERON EN ESPAÑA! UN HONOR.
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9b7e24bc) a memoir, not an autobiography 2004/3/21
投稿者 SJbooknut - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
I do realize that this book is a memoir, and not a blow-by-blow autobiography, but still, it was a disappointment that he focused so little on his time with Stewart and Andy and none at all on the break-up of the band and his solo career. He completely glosses over that with an "I knew all along that I had bigger fish to fry" attitude, which isn't quite what most fans are looking for. Also, after his appearance on Oprah with Trudie, I had the impression that he was going to tell more about the onset of that relationship, but that didn't happen either--basically you're left with the impression that he dumped Frances somewhere along the way (why?) and ended up with Trudie. No doubt he left out the details of that out of respect for his former wife, but the fact that he leaves the woman who was with him when they were practically starving, supporting his career and encouraging his dreams, doesn't leave a person with the most favorable opinion of him as a man. And I was less than impressed with the opening chapter, in which a hallucinogenic drug helped him to flash back to his childhood. A needless contrivance, in my opinion.
All in all, though, the writing was very good, which was a pleasant surprise. I found particularly poignant his insight into his parents' relationship, which was gained from wisdom that came through his own adult experiences and relationships.
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