This book is billed is the only authorised biography of Sting It should be billed as the only disappointing biography of Mr. James Berryman. 90% of the book chronicles the antics of Gordon Sumner and James Berryman as wayward youth in 1950s and early 1960s Newcastle. Curious how Mr. Barryman never refers to Sting as Gordon Sumner even before he got his moniker.
I wonder who did the editing of the manuscript?
Don’t get me wrong, I am a great fan of Sting , his music and his talent are unmatched. He rates in the top 10 of singer songwriters in my book. But to bill this as a biography of Sting has got to be somewhat of a joke. After reading Sting’s autobiography, Broken Music, I pretty much knew most of the stories that were laid out in this book, if not in fact then in spirit. There are only so many English grammar school pranks I can handle .
I would love this book if I had been one of Sting’s school mates, but as an insight into Sting, his life or his character it is sad disappointment. I doubt Sting will ever read this review, but if he did I wonder what his reaction would be?
King of pain?