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The Police Guitarist Andy Summers Calls Keith Richards' Memoir "Awful" in Exclusive Interview

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire November 14, 2012 at 11:47AM

Rock stars aren't known to always play nice, so in that respect The Police guitarist Andy Summers didn't disappoint during our exclusive chat with him in New York, the day "Can't Stand Losing You," a documentary on his life based on his 2007 hit memoir "One Train Later," world premiered at DOC NYC. When asked what passages in his life he was most wary of exposing (the film doesn't hold hold back chronicling his drug use while on the road with the band), Summers admitted, "There's plenty of gnarly stuff I left out. There's drugs involved and all that, as usual, but it didn't get to the point where we were junkies or anything like that. That kind of behavior... I acknowledge it, but I don't think I want to exploit it. "Some of these Rock books -- they grovel in it. Like Keith Richards' book, which I found awful, personally. It's like, 'We're going to read about thirty years of heroin abuse?' It's just so fucking boring to me. I don't really want to hear about it. If I wanted to read that, I'd read William S. Burroughs." At least the man's honest. Go HERE for the full interview.
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The cover of Keith Richards' memoir "Life"

Rock stars aren't known to always play nice, so in that respect The Police guitarist Andy Summers didn't disappoint during our exclusive chat with him in New York, the day "Can't Stand Losing You," a documentary on his life based on his 2007 hit memoir "One Train Later," world premiered at DOC NYC.

When asked what passages in his life he was most wary of exposing (the film doesn't hold hold back chronicling his drug use while on the road with the band), Summers admitted, "There's plenty of gnarly stuff I left out. There's drugs involved and all that, as usual, but it didn't get to the point where we were junkies or anything like that. That kind of behavior... I acknowledge it, but I don't think I want to exploit it.

"Some of these Rock books -- they grovel in it. Like Keith Richards' book, which I found awful, personally. It's like, 'We're going to read about thirty years of heroin abuse?' It's just so fucking boring to me. I don't really want to hear about it. If I wanted to read that, I'd read  William S. Burroughs."

At least the man's honest. Go HERE for the full interview.

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