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Wonderful News Wednesay

Calm down, now, there's no publishing-related news to report today. Or rather, none that's mine.

But in today's edition of Shelf Awareness, I learned something that I find terribly exciting. Sting has a book coming out next week. Entitled Lyrics, it is to contain all of Sting's lyrics from Outlandos D'Amour (the first Police album) through 2003's Sacred Love. In the battle of major online booksellers, I've got to tip Amazon on this one for featuring a massive excerpt from the book on their information page. (Barnes & Noble has little to say, I'm afraid.)

The bit of introductory matter in the excerpt shows Sting to be an articulate navel-gazer with a firm grasp on use of metaphor, to say nothing of his quoting of T.S. Eliot. The former Gordon Sumner acknowledges that some of his lyrics take new wing when laid out without music, and some look a bit foolish. He is correct in asserting (more suavely and less crassly than I'm about to) that it took balls for him to publish his lyrics in this manner, and I am very much looking forward to getting my grubby mitts on the book when it turns up in shops, if only for some of the short essays interspersed with the actual lyrics. They contain factual information, context, and, in some cases, lines of heartbreaking beauty (e.g., "We were insane in our optimism, and we were never happier.")

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Oct. 17th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh boy! Drooling. (About the book, I mean.)
Oct. 17th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Same. Just remember not to drool ON the book ;)
Oct. 17th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Is it more of a coffee-table kind of book, an autobiography, or a collection of lyrics with notes?
Oct. 17th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
It's decided a collection of lyrics with notes, but I've not seen the actual book yet. It's more of a standard book size (per Amazon, 9.2 x 7.5 x 1 inches), and weighing in at 2 pounds, so I'm thinking it's not coffee-table. And I think he had a memoir/autobiography out a few years back. But the notes seem to include some bits of memoir/autobiography/detail here and there.
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Cool! He's one of the few whose lyrics were always a draw for me-- and whose lyrics worked well with his music. They don't necessarily always do that, and it bugs me when they don't.
Oct. 18th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
If you look at the excerpt on Amazon, it's pretty odd what So Lonely looks like. And yet there's a bit of genius in the verses. I can't wait to see the progression from his early days to later works. The stuff from Nothing Like the Sun on in particular seems promising reading (boy do I love the lyrics in Sister Moon, where he borrows from Shakespeare and changes the end of the line).
Oct. 18th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
>>Sister Moon<<

Me too. I remember when I first got the album, singing that song over and over to myself just to hear the lovely words (wish my singing was lovely, alas and alack.)

Oct. 18th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Is that the song he said was inspired by Ann Rice's first vampire book?
Oct. 18th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
oops--that was Moon Over Bourbon Street, methinks.
Oct. 18th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
You're right - it was Moon Over Bourbon Street.
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