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The Police's Andy Summers - Part Two - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence

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Mo Summers courtesy of Rocket 88 Books

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Today, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence concludes two days with a musician from one of rock’s biggest ever bands: The Police, and guitarist Andy Summers.

Andy appears from his home in Los Angeles and shares his new book of short stories, Fretted and Moaning. The 45 tales contained inside revolve around the guitar in a wide range of settings, eras and situations.


Andy’s career started in the decade before The Police, as Andy is about a decade older than his Police bandmates, singer/bassist Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland. With experiences in the 1960s in The Animals and intersecting with music legends like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, Andy Summers has a lot of professional and personal life chapters that influence his writing.

In part one of our feature, we learned how the pandemic has affected his life, including knocking out some tour plans he had in South America. Andy then dug into Fretted and Moaning, discussing some of the standout chapters in the book, including one with a number of Hawaii connections. He also shared stories relating to people and places that make cameos along the way, from Madison Square Garden to Eric Clapton.

Today we’ll hear more from the book, including hilarious stories about his experiences with members of the Marley family on a trip to Jamaica. Plus, we’ll dig into his life with tales of performing for and with Jimi Hendrix, and some wild adventures in the South Pacific with John Belushi. We’ve also posted the complete interview.


Hear the complete new interview:

Hear a 2008 interview with Andy and Dave.

Watch a complete Police 2008 reunion tour concert at the Tokyo Dome:

Off The Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the highlight artists we’ve welcomed so far include Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs, Alice Cooper, Soul Asylum, Deep Purple, Third World, George Benson, Heart, Joe Satriani, The Doors, Randy Brecker, Peter Frampton and System of a Down.

Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road), and Stargazer.
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