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King of Page? The Police’s Andy Summers to publish his first book of short stories in August

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Police guitarist Andy Summers has penned his first fiction book, titled Fretted and Moaning: Short Stories, a collection of 45 short tales that will be published on August 19.

According to a press statement, each story in the book “involves a guitar and guitarist in some way and introduces a cast of characters who may be familiar to readers and who’ve followed Andy’s career over the past five decades or more.” The statement adds, “Every tale has at its heart, someone whose hopes, dreams, loves, hates, failure, success, and circumstances are revealed in uncanny, funny, and often unexpected ways.”

Fretted and Moaning will be available in three versions, a standard “Classic” hardcover, a signed “Signature” hardcover edition and the “Ultimate” hardcover version. Only 100 copies of the “Ultimate” edition of the book will be available, each one signed and number by Summers and packaged with a limited Giclée art print of a photo of Andy’s Telecaster guitar being brought onstage at a 1982 Police concert in Long Island, New York.

You can pre-order Fretted and Moaning now at AndySummersBook.com. Those who order copies of the book in advance can purchase it for a discounted price and also will get their name printed in the book. For more info, visit Rocket88Books.com.

Summers has recorded a short video message in which he shares details about the book that’s been posted at Rocket 88 Books’ YouTube channel.

Besides his work with The Police and the many other music projects on his resume, Summers also has written a memoir, made the documentary Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, and is an accomplished photographer whose images have been compiled in three books and have been displayed in galleries around the world.

By Matt Friedlander
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