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Andy Summers: The Cracked Lens + A Missing String

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Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Krannert Center Foellinger Great Hall
Sep 9, 2023   8:30 am  
Sean Kutzko
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Krannert Center

In a captivating evening of music, literature, and photography, the multitalented artist and musician Andy Summers plays guitar and improvises to several sequences of his photography; reads excerpts from his book of short stories, Fretted and Moaning; shares insights on his music and photography; and performs selections from his extensive solo catalog.

Andy Summers rose to fame in the early 1980s as the guitarist with the multi-million record selling rock band The Police. The Police were the number one band of the time and dominated the music scene and the media in the eighties with several number albums and singles including "Every Breath You Take," "Roxanne," "Don’t Stand So Close to Me," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "Invisible Sun," and "Message in a Bottle." The band was the recipient of several Grammys and awards too numerous to mention.

Andy Summers' innovative guitar playing created a new paradigm for guitarists in this period and has been widely imitated ever since. Prior to The Police, Andy Summers played with various artists in the London scene, including the Soft Machine, Kevin Coyne, and Kevin Ayers.

Post Police, Andy has made thirteen solo records, collaborated with many other musicians, and toured the world as a solo artist. In addition, he has composed film scores and, along with many photo gallery exhibitions, published books of his photography.

In 2006 his autobiography One Train Later was released to great success and was voted the number one music book of the year in the UK. The film Can’t Stand Losing You based on the book saw its theatrical release in the US by Cinema Libre in March 2015. The DVD of the film was released in July 2015 along with Andy’s latest CD, Metal Dog.

Recent photo exhibitions have been at the Polka Galerie in Paris and the Capitus Gallery in Hamburg, Germany. 

Andy is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Guitar Player Hall of Fame, has the keys to New York City! He has been awarded the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture in France.

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