An American drummer, a bass player from Newcastle and a guitarist a decade older than the other two, with little in common other than their musical brilliance and towering ambition, formed one of the most successful bands in history. Covering the years 1977–1986 and the brief reincarnation in 2007–2008, acclaimed biographers Caroline and David Stafford chronicle the rise and fall of the Police. Much like Reservoir Dogs but without the light relief, it's a tale of jealousy, anger and attrition both on the road
and in the studio. And yet, despite – or perhaps because of – the battles, these three musicians, Sting, Andy and Stewart, each supremely talented in his own right, together achieved a symbiosis that produced music of soaring magnificence.
David and Caroline Stafford have collaborated on scores of dramas, documentaries, and comedy series for radio and TV over the years, as well as writing biographies of Randy Newman, Adam Faith, and Kenny Everett. Their first book together, Fings Aint Wot They Used T'Be, about the composer Lionel Bart was chosen as BBC Radio 4's Book of The Week, nominated for a Sheridan Morley Award, and adapted for the BBC4 television documentary Reviewing The Situation. David Stafford is a writer, broadcaster, and occasional musician born in Birmingham, England. David began his career in fringe and community theatre in the 1970s. For ten years he wrote a weekly column for the
Saturday Guardian, eventually called Staffordshire Bull. During the 1990s, he presented Tracks for BBC2, Going Places for BBC Radio 4, and was a regular panellist on Radio 4's literary parody game Booked. David frequently stood in for John Peel as the presenter of Home Truths (BBC Radio 4). David has written numerous plays and series for Radio 4.