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Sting: Demolition Man

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This first full-length biography of the Newcastle schoolteacher who became Sting explores the substance behind the rock-star cliche‚ as it examines the creative disagreements - and physical violence - among The Police; the musical intelligence that consistently produced Grammy-winning albums; a much-publicized campaign to save the rain forest; two marriages and legendary s ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 14th 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published 2000)
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Dave
May 24, 2009 Dave rated it it was ok
After reading this book, I feel that I have gained additional insight into Sting's life and, in that respect, don't consider the effort spent with this book a waste of my time. However, I feel that any additional time invested in reading it a second time WOULD be a waste.

Mr Sandford spends too much time editorializing on his thoughts and beliefs about the man and not enough telling the story. He has his own perceptions of Sting and, instead of those perceptions merely coloring his prose, they co
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Neil
Nov 17, 2016 Neil rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, biography
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

First off I did not finish this.
I was attempting to read this on my kindle but due to the editing being so poor I had to give up.

What I did read though left me disappointed, with very little mention about his music.
Polly Krize
Sep 16, 2016 Polly Krize rated it it was ok
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Although based on the life of one of music's luminaries, the writing left me cold. Too much focus on money and companies and not enough about this poet. Too bad, could have been a good one! Only my opinion.

Jason
Jan 15, 2008 Jason added it
interesting subject but i don't care much for the writer.
Jean
Nov 04, 2016 Jean rated it liked it
This book was a little bit of a dry read. Interesting nonetheless.
Pamela Montano
Jul 11, 2013 Pamela Montano rated it it was ok
I did not like this book. It was a slugfest to get through. It was so bogged down in details about how much Sting makes and how much each one of his companies makes and it bored me.
Maria McMahon
Feb 23, 2016 Maria McMahon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. Bit repetitive.
B.A. Dearsley
Feb 24, 2012 B.A. Dearsley rated it it was ok
Interesting insight into Sting's incredible (and deserved) success... but the writing left me kinda cold. A little too much purple prose for my liking...
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Christopher Sandford has published acclaimed biographies of Kurt Cobain, Steve McQueen, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, and Roman Polanski. He has worked as a film and music writer and reviewer for over 20 years and frequently contributes to newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. Rolling Stone has called him "the preeminent author in his field today."

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