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The insider - The Police on tour photographed by guitarist Andy Summers

The insider

The Police on tour photographed by guitarist Andy Summers

Andy Summers. I'll Be Watching You. Inside The Police 1980–1983

US$ 1,000
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
  • Limited to 1,500 copies, each numbered and signed by the artist
  • Packaged in a slipcase
  • Contains over 600 photographs personally selected from the photographer’s archive of over 25,000 negatives (1980-83)
  • Most photos are previously unpublished, and many of them have never even been printed prior to this project

In the early 1980s, The Police went on tour accompanied by a photographer who documented the band behind the scenes in a series of candid and striking black and white photos. This talented photographer also happened to be the band’s guitarist, Andy Summers. Yes, it’s true—the man responsible for the guitar lick from "Every Breath You Take" was not only the backbone of one of the most popular bands of all time, he also possessed a visual gift for composition and mood that allowed him to capture the spirit of The Police better than anyone else could have.

This book, somewhere between photojournalism and an illustrated diary, follows The Police around the globe between 1980 and 1983. From the American West to Australia to Japan, Summers recorded not only the band members rehearsing and partying—the proverbial sex, drugs, and rock and roll—he also photographed fans, landscapes, still lifes, and passersby in a reportage style reminiscent of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. Containing over 600 photos and filled with diary-style entries, I’ll Be Watching You is a sumptuous volume beating with musical energy, nostalgia, and atmospheric beauty. A must for photo buffs and Police fans alike.

Highlights include:
  • Rehearsals and recording sessions with band-mates Sting and Stewart Copeland
  • Exclusive back-stage and on-stage footage from concerts including Plaza de Toros (Barcelona, 1980), Budokan (Tokyo, 1981), Wembley Stadium (London, 1981), and Shea Stadium (New York, 1983)
  • Inside the tour busses, limousines, helicopters, private planes, parties, and hotel rooms
  • Behind the scenes on music video shoots, at press conferences, and in-store appearances
  • Life on the road with other bands including The Go-Go’s, XTC, and The B-52’s
  • Rain-soaked train windows, trashed hotel rooms, island retreats, over-capacity stadiums, and thousands of screaming, singing, sobbing, fans


Countries covered in the book:
America, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • “An astonishingly candid chronicle of their experience. Featuring more than 300 photographs taken by Summers himself, along with entries from his tour diaries, this collection captures every aspect of life on tour. With his Nikon FE camera, Summers has managed to produce something as comprehensive and visually arresting as any photojournalist would aspire to.”

    — GQ, London