Books

Andy Summers has written a number of books and essays over the years revealing the intimate details of his career as an acclaimed guitar player.

FRETTED AND MOANING
Rocket 88, 2021

Musician, composer, photographer, guitarist and… author. Andy Summers has written short stories ever since he became a member of The Police, and they are as smart, witty and unexpected as his music and photography. Now for the first time 45 are collected together in this hardback book.

Andy’s stories in Fretted & Moaning reveal a cast of characters drawn from the world of music, chief among them guitarists. Every tale has at its heart music or a guitar and a person whose ambition, hopes, dreams, loves, hates, failures and successes are revealed in uncanny, funny, and never expected ways.

A CERTAIN STRANGENESS
University of Texas Press, 2019

Designed by Gilles Mora, in close collaboration with the artist, this book presents the most creative visual work of photographer/musician Andy Summers, including many unpublished images. A long autobiographical text by Summers tells of his passion for photography. A text by Gilles Mora situates Summers’s photographic work in American modernist photography.
Desirer Walks the StreetsDESIRER WALKS THE STREETS
Nazraeli, 2009
Andy followed up I’ll Be Watching You with another collection of photographs entitled Desirer Walks the Streets. This collection includes a wider range of photographs taken by Andy between 1983 and 2008. The shots capture his days as a traveling musician in global locations ranging from Bolivia to Tokyo. Photos from this collection and I’ll Be Watching You have been featured in exhibitions around the world.
I'll Be Watching You
I’LL BE WATCHING YOU: INSIDE THE POLICE 1980-83
Taschen, 2007

I’ll Be Watching You: Inside The Police 1980-83 is a collection of black-and-white photographs taken by Andy during the early 80s chronicles his experiences with The Police, delving into the personal, unexpected intricacies of the band. The poignant photos capture the band’s experiences making music, enamoring audiences, and securing their place in rock and roll history.
One Train LaterONE TRAIN LATER
Thomas Dunne Books, 2006
In 2006 Andy published his autobiography, One Train Later. In a review Q magazine wrote that Andy’s autobiography is “A consistently droll read… Summers freely acknowledges the many idiocies and falsities of the rock and roll life but is equally assured of music’s redemptive, unifying force.”  The book is a surprisingly honest and self-reflective look at Andy Summers experiences on the road with The Police, the earlier bands that he worked with, and his interactions with such iconic artists as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and John Belushi. In his time Andy has gone through a number of mind-blowing experiences, and he didn’t hold back when chronicling his life in this acclaimed autobiography. One Train Later has become the basis for a documentary Can’t Stand Losing You about Andy and The Police which is set to be released in the summer of 2012.
Light Strings Andy SummersLIGHT STRINGS
Chronicle Books, 2004

In 2004 Andy contributed a series of essays to a book entitled Light Strings. In Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar, Andy united with infamous photographer Ralph Gibson. Their work together resulted in exhibits at the Hermes galleries of New York, Los Angeles, and Paris.
Throb Andy SummersTHROB
William Morrow & Company, 1983
Andy’s first published book, Throb, is a collection of black-and-white photography that Andy took while on the road with The Police that was published in 1983. This rare treasure trove of early photos is currently out-of-print, so if you happen to come across a copy, be sure to pick it up.

Andy Summers Reviews

Reviews of each of Andy’s written works are featured on the website. His books, One Train Later and Light Strings, have received acclaim from such sources as Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Daily Vault, and JazzTimes.

Andy Summers Interviews

Over the years Andy has given countless interviews with the biggest publications in the business. Three of those interviews are featured on the website including a talk with Turibio Santos and another with Acoustic Guitar Magazine.