Broken music: a memoir (Sting)(2003, paperback)

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‘Having been a songwriter most of my life, condensing my ideas and emotions into short rhyming couplets and setting them to music, I had never really considered writing a book, but upon arriving at the reflective age of fifty, I found myself drawn, for the first time, to long passages that were as stimulating and intriguing to me as any songwriting I had ever done.

And so Broken music began to take shape. It 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 an autobiographical recitation of everything that’s ever happened to me. Instead I was drawn to exploring specific moments, certain people and relationships, and particular events which still resonate powerfully for me as I try to understand the child I was, and the man I became…’