Set for publication on August 19th is Police guitarist Andy Summers‘ first work of fiction with the new book, Fretted And Moaning: Short Stories. The book feature 45 original stories spread over a 288-pages and will beg available in three editions — Classic Hardcover – $45; Signed Hardcover – $175, and Ultimate Hardcover — $450, which includes an exclusive, which includes an exclusive, signed, numbered, and limited Giclée art print of an Andy Summers original Telecaster guitar photograph. The book is available for pre-order now at andysummersbook.com.

According to the press release for Andy Summers’ Fretted and Moaning: Short Stories:

The 45 stories in Fretted And Moaning are as smart, funny, and as wry as the author and his music. Each one 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.

Not that any of them are about real persons, living or dead, you understand. 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.

SIDE NOTES

  • Recently released from the Police is Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings. The set collects all five of the Police’s legendary albums along with a 12-track, sixth disc entitled Flexible Strategies featuring exclusive bonus material of non-album recordings and B-sides.

The tracklisting for Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings is:

  • Outlandos d’Amour (1978): “Next To You,” “So Lonely,” “Roxanne,” “Hole in My Life,” “Peanuts,” “Can’t Stand Losing You Truth Hits Everybody,” Born In The ’50s,” Be My Girl – Sally,” and “Masoko Tanga.”
  • Reggatta de Blanc (1979): “Message In A Bottle,” “Reggatta de Blanc,” “It’s Alright For You,” “Bring On The Night,” “Deathwish,” “Walking On The Moon,” “On Any Other Day,” “The Bed’s Too Big Without You,” “Contact,” “Does Everyone Stare,” and “No Time This Time.”
  • Zenyatta Mondatta (1980): “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” “Driven To Tears,” “When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What’s Still Around,” “Canary In A Coalmine,” “Voices Inside My Head,” “Bombs Away,” “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” “Behind My Camel,” “Man In A Suitcase,” “Shadows In The Rain,” and “The Other Way Of Stopping.”
  • Ghost In The Machine (1981): “Spirits In The Material World,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Invisible Sun,” “Hungry For You (J’aurais Toujours Faim De Toi),” “Demolition Man,” “Too Much Information,” “Rehumanize Yourself,” “One World (Not Three),” and “Omegaman.”    
  • Synchronicity (1983): “Synchronicity I,” “Walking In Your Footsteps,” “O My God,” “Mother,” “Miss Gradenko,” “Synchronicity II,” “Every Breath You Take,” “King Of Pain,” “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” and “Tea In The Sahara.”
  • Flexible Strategies (2018): “Dead End Job” – 1978; “Landlord” – 1979; “Visions Of The Night” – 1979; “Friends” – 1980; “A Sermon” – 1980; “Shambelle” – 1981; “Flexible Strategies” – 1981; “Low Life” – 1981; “Murder By Numbers” – 1983; “Truth Hits Everybody (Remix)” – 1983; “Someone To Talk To” – 1983; and “Once Upon A Daydream” – 1983.

CHECK IT OUT: Andy Summers announces his upcoming book of short stories: