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Henry Padovani charts a lifetime on the London music scene from punk and his time with The Police to the present day. London 1977: The punk movement came to life at a time when social protest was at its height, a time when the rebellious youth sought a different future than the prevailing sterile artistic and cultural context would have dictated. In January, having arrived just two weeks previously for a short holiday, Corsican guitarist Henry Padovani met Stewart Copeland and Sting, and together they formed the band The Police. Following a year of encounters, rehearsals, recordings, tours and a short stint as a four-piece with Andy Summers, Padovani left the band and teamed up with Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, before embarking on a lifetime of musical encounters, both as player and manager. Through his dedication to friendship, solidarity, and joie-de-vivre, this important era of musical and social history became for Padovani a formative period of friendship with those who are today known as the undisputed stars of pop and rock: Sting and The Police, Mick Jones, Topper Headon and The Clash, Pete Farndon and The Pretenders, Bono, to name just a few. To the big names of rock, Padovani was not simply a musical partner, but also - and above all - a friend; the type who stocked Sting's fridge when The Police were still obscure and broke. Thanks to his personality, values and demonstrated loyalty, Padovani - guitar player, label vice president, post punk art rocker, last free man on this planet - remains the one to whom nothing is denied. The constant observer of these complicated years, he recounts here the stories that he has lived from the inside, what he saw and felt, during that blessed era of total innocence.
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