""The train jerks to a halt, and as I get out at Oxford Circus, Stewart gets out with me. We look at each other, laugh, and make the standard remark about it being a small world. But this is the brilliant collision, one train later and it might all have turned out differently.""
In this extraordinary memoir, world-renowned guitarist Andy Summers provides a revealing and passionate account of a life dedicated to music. From his first guitar at age thirteen and his early days on the English music scene to the ascendancy of his band, the Police, Summers recounts his relationships and encounters with the Big Roll Band, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Animals, John Belushi, and others, all the while proving himself a master of telling detail and dramatic anecdote.
But, of course, the early work is only part of the story, and Andy's account of his role as guitarist for the Police---a gig that was only confirmed by a chance encounter with drummer Stewart Copeland on a London train---has been long-awaited by music fans worldwide. The heights of fame that the Police achieved have rarely been duplicated, and the band's triumphs were rivaled only by the personal chaos that such success brought about, an insight never lost on Summers in the telling.
Complete with never-before-published photos from Summers's personal collection, One Train Later is a constantly surprising and poignant memoir, and the work of a world-class musician and a first-class writer.
""Engaging memoir. Summers is refreshingly endearing.""--Kirkus Reviews
""A memoir that is just as generous (and sometimes meticulous) in providing details as it is in exploring the human toll of living out the 'collective fantasy' of being a 'rock god.' There are many great rock moments that dazzle. This is a stage-side account of the birth, rise and dissipation of the Police--and fans of the band will not be disappointed--but it is also an honest travelogue of a British kid who, subsisting 'on a diet of music and hope,' traversed the most coveted landscapes of pop culture and lived to write about it.""--Publishers Weekly
""Finely written. Readers curious about the dissolution will find lots of insight, at least from Summers's point of view. This terrific book should be in demand in public libraries. For academic libraries collecting rock'n'roll history, it is essential.""--Library Journal