Andy Summers launches new book with teaser video

Andy Summers
(Image credit: Andy Summers)

Former Police, Soft Machine and Kevin Ayers guitarist Andy Summers has released a video trailer to announce his upcoming book. Fretted And Moaning is a collection of 45 short stories and will be published by Rocket 88 books, the publishing company behind recent books about Jethro Tull and Opeth, later this year. You can watch the video below.

Summers has written short stories ever since his days with The Police, and for the first time some are collected together in one very special hardback book. "The 45 stories in Fretted And Moaning are as smart, funny and wry as the author and his music," say the publishers. "Each one involves a guitar and guitarist in some way, and introduces a cast of characters who may be familiar to readers 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."

Fretted And Moaning will be available to preorder from March, but the website is open now for people to register for an early-bird discount when preorder begins. There will be two hardback editions of the book, one of which will be signed and come with an exclusive art print of an Andy Summers original guitar photograph.

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Andy Summers

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.