September 12, 2013

Taking Himself Out of the Equation - Sting Frees Himself With the Writing of ‘The Last Ship' reports The New York Times...

Early in May, a few hundred people received hush-hush invitations to the Signature Theater in Midtown. They arrived for a staged reading, a spartan workshop production assembled in under 29 hours of rehearsal as a preview for potential backers and other interested parties. On a crowded stage, with scripts in hand, cast members played out a story set in an English town whose shipbuilding industry was in its last throes. The plot intertwines a love triangle, reckonings between fathers and sons and a labor uprising (workers seizing a factory to build a last ship before the factory shuts down) with crosscurrents of economics and faith. The songs bridge show tunes and British folk traditions. The presentation received a standing ovation, something that doesn't always happen at staged readings...

August 25, 2013

Message Unbottled: Sting Conquers Writer's Block With His First New Songs in a Decade... - Sting talks to Vulture.com

A few years ago, Sting found himself in a position that was unique to his experience, though perhaps familiar to certain others: He had grown sick and tired of Sting. For three decades, Sting had been not just one of the world's most famous musicians but one of its preeminent musical confessors: a singer-songwriter who, through all of his incarnations - spiky white reggae man, stadium rock star, sleek fixture of adult­-contemporary radio - had kept the music coming by, he says, "scraping the barrel of my soul." The result was a prolific output: five LPs with the Police and a string of hit solo albums, a run that concluded in 2003 with his eighth solo release, Sacred Love. Then, abruptly, the songs stopped. Sting has released three albums in the years since, all on the classical label Deutsche Grammophon; none were pop records, per se, and none included new songs ­written by Sting. Eventually, he realized he was blocked...


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August 18, 2013

Rolling Stone: Sting Offers Ships and Surprises on First Solo Album In a Decade...

Sting still recalls his earliest memory of growing up near shipyards in northeast England. "A massive ship at the end of my street, towering over the houses and blotting out the sun," he says. "I was raised in this surreal industrial landscape that is still the landscape of my dreams, and some of my nightmares. I watched many ships being launched, and there is something terrifying, apocalyptic and haunting about the event that never leaves you."


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May 15, 2013

Sting's India: from Roxanne to Rajasthan...

The Daily Telegraph's James Collard meets Sting, a rock star, environmental activist and long-time Indophile, in Jodhpur of north-west India, to support the Maharaja's head injuries charity. To find the Grammy-award-winning singer in Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort is not entirely surprising. It is no secret that over the years Sting and Trudie have been fascinated by all things Indian - from Hinduism and sitar music to yoga and tantric sex. Sting himself has been coming here for more than three decades, sometimes to celebrate New Year in Goa, sometimes to camp in the Thar Desert outside Jaisalmer, sometimes to join pilgrims visiting the holy headwaters of the Yumuna and Ganges rivers. On occasion he has even brought his two children. "I've been lucky enough to share it with my family, and now my children love it as much as I do," he says...

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October 17, 2012

An Englishman in Chianti - Sting & Trudie feature in FINE the wine magazine...

Having lost his heart to Italy, Sting had resigned himself to the fact that his family was unable to find a suitable home in the country. They had gone on one fruitless exploration after another and there seemed to be no hope. Then Trudie Styler told her husband of a new house up for sale close to the medieval town of Figline Valdarno in Tuscany. To their amazement, Trudie and Sting walked along a cypress-lined avenue right up to the saffron-yellow house of their dreams. They found a home for their family and obtained a farm into the bargain. Its main produce is packed into tens of thousands of bottles each year. When FINE visited Il Palagio for this exclusive interview, the atmosphere at the estate was expectant. The closing lunch of the Divino Tuscany festival, which celebrates winemaking excellence, good music and dear friends, was to be served under marquees on Trudie and Sting's property. With hundreds of guests about to arrive, the host couple still had time to recall the early days of their wine-producing career and the events leading up to their decision to start growing wine...

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March 11, 2012

Sting ran away from his home town, Newcastle, to become a megastar, marry Trudie Styler and have six children. And now he's gone back home. The Times' Chrissey Iley joins him for the ride...

On the streets of Newcastle, Sting's home town and mine, the taxi drivers love him. They like him because he doesn’t take himself too seriously. They can joke with him, they say, and reminisce. He's a generous tipper, too. Match that with the multimillionaire whose life revolves between homes in Wiltshire, New York, Tuscany and Malibu. The rock star who likes to talk about the intricacies of Tantric sex and pose topless with Trudie Styler, his wife and mother of four of his six children. The environmentalist famous for saving rainforests and offsetting his rather large carbon footprint. You get a picture of a complicated individual...

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January 23, 2012

'In the Studio' - STING Best of 25 Years Interview...

"InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands" hosts an in-depth conversation with Sting spanning his enduring solo career, from his 1985 debut 'The Dream Of The Blue Turtles' to his latest box set collection STING: 25 Years. To stream the interview online, please visit: www.inthestudio.net/this-week-in-the-studio/sting. This program will also be available on 50+ radio stations throughout North America. To listen in on a station near you, visit: www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations...

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