Sting: From Northern Skies To Fields Of Gold by Paul CarrSting: From Northern Skies To Fields Of Gold by Paul Carr

Sting: From Northern Skies To Fields Of Gold

byPaul Carr

Paperback | December 15, 2017

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Gordon Sumner was born in a mainly working-class area of North Tyneside, England, in 1951. Decades later, we would come to know him as Sting, one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Sting was the lead singer of the Police from 1977 to 1984 before launching a hugely successful solo career. In Sting:From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold, popular music scholar Paul Carr argues that the foundations of Sting’s creativity and drive for success were established by his birthplace, with vestiges of his “Northern Englishness” continuing to emerge in his music long after he left his hometown.

Carr frames Sting’s creative impetus and output against the real, imagined, and idealized places he has occupied. Focusing on the sometimes-blurry borderlines between nostalgia, facts, imagination, and memories—as told by Sting, the people who knew (and know) him, and those who have written about him—Carr investigates the often complex resonance between local boy Gordon Sumner and the star the world knows as Sting. Published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the formation of the definitive line-up of the Police, this is the first book to examine the relationship between Sting’s working class background in Newcastle, the life he has consequently lived, and the creativity and inspiration behind his music.
Paul Carr is professor of popular music analysis at the University of South Wales. He has worked as a professional musician with the James Taylor Quartet and former Miles Davis sideman Bob Berg.
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Title:Sting: From Northern Skies To Fields Of GoldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 0.8 inPublished:December 15, 2017Publisher:Reaktion BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1780238134

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"Carr’s carefully researched study of Sting is clearly written out of deep appreciation for the man and his music, but it demonstrates why even non-fans should get to know him. Rather than focus on anecdote and personality, the book gets to the heart of what makes Sting tick musically without being drily academic. It negotiates well the seeming contradictions of this Geordie 'world citizen,' providing fascinating detail about aspects of Sting’s sound, how it signifies, and how it has been achieved, leading to a rounded picture of a major musician."