New Book Explores The Police, New Wave Rock, and Punk Music's Role in the Collapse of Communism

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Walking on the Moon: The Untold Story of the Police and the Rise of New Wave Rock tells the full, unvarnished tale of one of the world's best known pop groups of all time.

The Police came from nowhere and took the world by storm. Ambition brought them together. It also tore them apart. Then, at the height of their fame, they were suddenly gone.

Walking on the Moon: The Untold Story of the Police and the Rise of New Wave Rock (Wiley; October 2009; $25.95 Cloth; ISBN: 978-0-470-28240-3) tells the full, unvarnished tale of one of the world's best known pop groups for the first time. In contrast to the sugar-coated memoirs already written by individual band members, Walking on the Moon provides a compelling, no-holds-barred account focusing on the personalities behind the personas and the band members' contributions to the group dynamic, an approach that lends an all-too-human dimension to their story.

British writer Chris Campion draws on extensive research and all-new interviews with intimates of the band, not only to give readers a rare look at the inner workings of one of the world's most famous pop groups, but also to examine their place in music history. In this telling, the epic story of The Police and their attempts to conquer the music world sets the backdrop for a broader examination of the social and cultural changes occurring in the early 1980s that led to the emergence of new wave rock, the genre that emerged from the ruins of punk. The book explores new wave's avant-garde roots and shows how it became an unwitting player in the collapse of communism.

Chris Campion is a long-term contributor to The Daily Telegraph and The Observer newspapers in the UK and a former contributing editor to both Dazed & Confused and Vice magazines. He has interviewed superstars and porn stars, vagabonds, and outcasts and he has written stories on subjects that trace a path from the very center of popular culture to its extreme edges.

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