Throwback Thursday: Broken Music by Sting

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board. Please link back to her by using the link above.

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Today’s throwback is:

Broken Music


From Goodreads:

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 write 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 a traditional autobiographical recitation of everything that’s ever happened to me. Instead I found myself 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.

My thoughts on this book

I finally read this book after years and years of having it on my tbr!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s an enjoyable and insightful autobiography that’s more of a memoir than anything in my humble opinion. I was thoroughly amazed with how well it’s written too.

“For to sit in a room full of books, and remember the stories they told you, and to know precisely where each one is located and what was happening in your life at time or where you were when you first read it is the languid and distilled pleasure of the connoisseur.”Sting

I wanted to read this because I’ve been a huge Police fan since early childhood and Sting remains one of my favorite music artists today. I enjoy learning about other people and their life stories so, I’ve had this book in my sights for some time now.

I enjoyed all the stories from his childhood and learning all the family history. It’s honest and really raw at times. I felt a few connections with his thoughts on religion as I was raised Orthodox as he was Catholic. My only issue with the book was that it was just enough to keep me going and everything he talks about in the book was before The Police so, I guess I was hoping for more ‘after’ the fame. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, however, I’m really glad I read it.

3.5 rounded up to 4****

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Press; Reprint edition (January 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385338651
  • ISBN-13: 978-038533865

About the author:

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE, universally known by his stage name Sting, is a Grammy Award-winning English musician from Wallsend in Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bass player of the rock band The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has sold over 105 million records, and received over sixteen Grammy Awards for his work.

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14 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Broken Music by Sting

  1. It’s a beautiful book, isn’t it? I am not at all into biographies, but adoring Sting as much as I do (the very first tape I bought with my own money was Dream of the Blue Turtles and the very first CD I ever bought was The Soul Cages), I had to read it. You can see how lyrically he writes in this book, as well as his songs. It had a poignancy to it that you don’t often see in other similar memoirs. And of course, the impetus for his show and album The Last Ship are clear to see in this book. I love that you read and blogged this! I think I listen to my Sting playlist at least once a week. 🙂

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    1. It’s unique to me the way he wrote it and unlike any other memoir I’ve read up to this point for sure! His writing is beautiful and I’m hopeful for another book. I have to admit that I haven’t seen the musical! I’m behind. 🧡 I’ll get to it soon though.

      I’m glad you loved the book. Did I miss your review for this one? I have the worst brain fog lol.

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        1. Oh, okay! I just wanted to make sure I didn’t miss your review.😉 I’d love to read your thoughts on the book too as your writing is so beautiful. Always impressive and inspiring. 🧡

          Did you know he and his wife have a farm store in Italy? I guess he’s into organic foods too. I love that. 😁

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  2. That quote is brilliant! I guess I wouldn’t be too interested in this because I would also like to read about his music career days rather than all about his childhood. I’m reading a bio about Debbie Harry and Chris Stein from Blondie right now and their childhoods were summed up in one chapter, and their teen years in one chapter each. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and that marvelous quote. 🌞

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