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Broken music: Die Autobiographie

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  3,342 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews
"Broken Music 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 re ...more
Paperback, 3rd Edition, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by FISCHER Taschenbuch (first published 2003)
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Jenny Brown
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was too busy raising my babies to pay much attention to Sting, so I came to this book without any preconceptions as to who he was. I came away impressed with his thoughtfulness and ability to reflect on who he was and why.

I'm baffled by the hostility of some reviewers here, as I didn't feel he came across as arrogant nor as if he were trying to impress anyone with his intelligence. It was a pleasure to read something so well written from the pen of a celebrity. Most celebrity "bios" are writte
David Kudlinski
I was never fond of Sting. He seemed arrogant and too artsy-fartsy for my tastes. So, being fair-minded, I decided to read his memoir, Broken Music, published in 2003. Sting, the perfectionist that he is, produced a well-written book, which I found to be dense and a chore to read. The book is not entertaining, maybe by design. Sting is very ambitious, and his plans are very calculating. Sting was born with good looks and innate musical talent of rare caliber. Although he acts like Mr. Perfect, S ...more
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't hate or love Sting, like so many others seem to. I think he is a very talented musician and his ambition cannot be denied. I have always vaguely considered him to be arrogant and a little pompous, but what rock star isn't? However, I have to admit I really enjoyed this book. I like the way it isn't perfect grammatically, how he switches back and forth with tenses, how it isn't exactly chronological and that he doesn't spend much time talking about the famousness of the band once it reach ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny (Reading Envy) by: Scott D.
This autobiography, which actually appears to be written by Sting himself, tells the story from his childhood up to when The Police had just started to see success. There were some surprising details and amazing connections, and it is nice to see how long and hard the struggle can be, even for someone who grew into a well-crafted songwriter and superstar.

My favorite bits came from his actual journal, and I would like to read more of that, from the immediate days of reflection rather than lookin
Heather Doherty
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I have to confess the crush I have had on the man since the early 80's (when I actually was a schoolgirl). This feeling, however, has only grown as the years have passed. I mean really, how often do you get references to Homer and Nabakov in popular music? Plus he practices yoga and is sexier now than when he was younger. In the light of this confession, I may not be completely objective about this book. I loved it though! I do typically like rock and roll memoirs, but this one is of the ...more
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Invisible sun
Recommended to Mariel by: Don't stand so close to me
This is Sting's life before he put on a sweater and stung the world with the ghost hit making machine that was The Police. Before he was a twat who hated on Stewart Copeland's short shorts he trudged through fifty feet of snow to get to school- Wait, that was my grandma's depression memories/guilt trips (Me: "It didn't snow in Louisiana!" *whop!*). Sting has the push to the top of dung heap of life mentality still. Still, I'm still team Stewart (the short shorts). I
I don't find ambition endearin
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 'before I was famous' memoir, and this one is very well-written. Sting uses his development as a musician as the thread that holds all of his vignettes together, desribing what was going on in his life that brought him to his first guitar, for example, or the community of friends he finds during his time as a touring jazz musician. The book ends just before The Police become famous. A great read for those interested in what it's like to be a working, not-famous musician on the road, and ...more
Mar 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Broken Music by Sting. I'm stood looking at the bookshelf, wondering what to read next. Maria pulls a book off the shelf, hands it to me and says: "You know how you think this bloke is a wanker? Well, read this and you'll know it for a reason!" Sting is a wanker! No ifs, buts, maybes about this - Sting is a wanker. Often I enjoy (auto)biographies but in this case I didn't. I hung on 'til the end because, well because I liked the Police and (truth be told) I do like some of Sting's solo work. But ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See the original review here:

I was talking about this review for a couple of days as I was re-reading this book. Now, I’m going to be honest, it was already one of my favourite books but the thing I find interesting is the controversy a name like Sting brings up.

“I don’t like him, the man is a complete tosser.”

“Why do you say that? What about him makes you think he is a complete tosser? I’m not saying that you’re wrong, I just want to know how you came to
This is more memoir than autobiography. It's musings of a man who, having hit 50, starts looking back and trying to make peace with some things and understand what drove him to where he stands. It's long on pondering and navel-gazing, short on gossip. I'm sure that lack is a sore disappointment to the groupie types who want to know every speck of dirt on the Police breakup, his affairs and divorce or the whole Tantric Yoga thing. There's little of that in this book, which focuses on his childhoo ...more
Shahine Ardeshir
Remember the time when you went to the latest multi-billion-dollar film, on the first day of its release, only to have it turn out to be a big disappointment? And you couldn't quite put your finger on why? You know, the one that had all the ingredients - great cast, suave director, lavish sets - but somehow, still didn't have you coming back for more? Reading Broken Music was a similar experience for me.

On the surface, this book combines two of my favourite genres: music and autobiographies. And
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, heartwarming account of his own life by one of my favourite musicians. Bowled over by his humility.
Julie Barrett
The last five memoirs I have read have been stridently non-traditional. Stream of consciousness, reenactment of mental illnesses, spiritual quests and visions of God - basically anything but a straightforward, chronological "I was born etc" story. So it was a relief to pick up this memoir and read a traditional narrative. The book only goes up to the release of The Police's first album. Hopefully in another twenty years or so Sting will feel removed enough from his past to write more extensively ...more
Thomas Higgins
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I really like about this book is that it isn't just about The Police. I think it would have been really boring if the book concentrated on the Sting's time as the frontman of one of the biggest bands in the world. Instead, this memoir shows Sting's rise from a very modest beginning all the way up to before he became huge. This allows for the reader to get a better understanding of events that shaped him into becoming the man that he is today.
I think that Sting does a great job of describing
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dazzling, lyrical beginning, with Sting showing himself to be a master of metaphor and pacing, extraordinarily well-read and articulate. Second half, however, was uninspired, as though he rushed to finish a publishing deadline. But worth the read, overall. Reinforces the theory of the single-minded dedication and focus seen behind so many success stories, the 10,000 hour premise of Malcolm Caldwell in The Outliers. It also gave me an idea of the back-breaking, soul-crushing work of musicians, ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristen by: Ann
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Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have witnessed this artist in many guises since The Police, his foray into solo pop, jazz and most recently classical in the exploration of the great Elizabethan Lutanist John Dowland. That Sting has written a memoir of his childhood and youth pre-The Police was no great surprise, however while I have always been impressed by his lyrics, I was most impressed by his writing in this book. Its poetic and thorough in form and honest (shows some of his emotional warts) and heartfelt (regrets over h ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Heartfelt, Fascinating, Compelling & Grounded! An Excellent Read! I Loved It!
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read. Sting has quite the early history which I knew nothing about and has an eloquent way with words.
Huck C
Mar 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written. Better than most autobios.

Call me shallow but I need more gossip when he was with the Police.
Scott Hamilton
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I'd be reading a book about the Police. But considering the book ends shortly after the release of their first album, Outlandos d'Amour, I'm left wanting a follow-up, which apparently isn't coming, considering this one came out 14 years ago. Sting is a gifted writer and a masterful storyteller, but I'd have been far less inclined to even pick up the book if I knew it focused almost entirely on his attempts to make it in the music business, rather than his success once he had. It broke ...more
Hank Pharis
I'm a huge music fan but I guess I've become somewhat of a curmudgeon concerning "pop" music.
The only "new" groups I've liked since 1980 have been U2, Police/Sting and Coldplay. But I have really enjoyed these three. In any event I found Sting's accounts of his years growing up until the formation of the Police very interesting. The most amazing thing was how little success and in fact how much difficulty he had before the Police. It appeared that he was not going to "make it" when suddenly he d
Robin Luttrell
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and the details Sting put into it that showed the beginnings of his musical career and how he made it to where he is now. I found it well written as if I was a friend of his that was along for the journey. People sometimes view musicians, actors and other people in the public eye as individuals that did not have any difficulty pursuing their passion. Sting was able to clearly convey the steps it took to form him into the artist and man he became. I left feeling like he ...more
Brian O'Leary
A way too wordy account of his life up until the time when the Police hit it big. Too many accounts of nothingness and too many weird tales that have nothing to do with anything.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-the-house
I am not at all unbiased. I re-read this book because I was going to a Sting concert on 2/28, and I had never been to a Sting concert. Normally before a concert, I try to consume as much music as possible to know what I'm in for, but with Sting, I found that I had been consuming his music throughout my life, so I decided to read the book instead.
I've not really read any other memoirs of rockers, because I'm not as enamored with other rockers, so I can't compare it to those. This isn't high liter
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Автор рецензии: Karpos Elena
Дата публикации: 1 ноября 2005 г.

Жизнь звезды - это всегда смесь таинственности, скандального вымысла и благостной, консервативной правдивости. И даже сама звезда, сжившись с навязано-изобретенным образом, порой не в состоянии отделить ложь от правды. Но не в случае Стинга. "Я не тот человек, у которого много лиц; маска, которую я ношу - единственная", - признается он в одной из своих знаменитых песен-баллад. Это маска, котору
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Sting's music
Recommended to Momiji by: my mom
Growing up Sting's music has always touched my life - from his position with the Police as well as his prolific solo work. I'm continuously amazed by how his lyrics can paint such a vivid picture of a person's life, by how, where words would fail, a complexity of emotions can be displayed through the instrumental arrangements of his art.

Broken Music, his memoir (for he directly states the book is not a biography), lent me much insight into not only how one might go about making something of them
Ilya Puchkovsky
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

J'ai toujours plus de mal à faire la critique d'un livre lorsqu'il s'agit d'une bio ou autobiographie car je me dis qu'on ne peut pas vraiment juger un livre sur le fait qu'on ait trouvé l'histoire bonne ou non quand c'est quelqu'un qui nous raconte sa vie. Et il y a toujours cette petite partie de moi qui se demande est-ce que tout,absolument tout est vrai ou est-ce que certaines choses ont pu être inventés parfois ?

J'adore lire des récits biographiques d'artistes que je connais et que j'a
Chad Sayban
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-book, good, own
Born to working class parents in the English port town of Wallsend, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner was a smart, quiet boy with good grades who would become a teacher, get married and have a couple of children. This is the person we don’t know. The person we do know is a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist – who’s stage name is Sting.

Broken Music is Sting’s autobiography of his life leading up to the moment of his first real commercial
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Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE, universally known by his stage name Sting, is a Grammy Award-winning English musician from Wallsend in Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bass player of the rock band The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has sold over 105 million records, and received over sixteen Gram ...more
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“The alley is a pitch for about twenty women leaning in doorways, chain-smoking. In their shiny open raincoats, short skirts, cheap boots, and high-heeled shoes they watch the street with hooded eyes, like spies in a B movie. Some are young and pretty, and some are older, and some of them are very old, with facial expressions ranging from sullen to wry. Most of the commerce is centred on the slightly older women, as if the majority of the clients prefer experience and worldliness. The younger, prettier girls seem to do the least business, apparent innocence being only a minority preference, much as it is for the aging crones in the alley who seem as if they’ve been standing there for a thousand years.

In the dingy foyer of the hotel is an old poster from La Comédie Française, sadly peeling from the all behind the desk. Cyrano de Bergerac, it proclaims, a play by Edmond Rostand. I will stand for a few moments to take in its fading gaiety. It is a laughing portrait of a man with an enormous nose and a plumed hat. He is a tragic clown whose misfortune is his honour. He is a man entrusted with a secret; an eloquent and dazzling wit who, having successfully wooed a beautiful woman on behalf of a friend cannot reveal himself as the true author when his friend dies. He is a man who loves but is not loved, and the woman he loves but cannot reach is called Roxanne.

That night I will go to my room and write a song about a girl. I will call her Roxanne. I will conjure her unpaid from the street below the hotel and cloak her in the romance and the sadness of Rostand’s play, and her creation will change my life.”
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