Strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo, and Pygmies
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When Stewart Copeland gets dressed, he has an identity crisis. Should he put on “leather pants, hostile shirts and pointy shoes”? Or wear something more appropriate to the “tax-paying, property-owning, investment-holding lotus eater” his success has allowed him to become? This dilemma is at the heart of Copeland’s vastly entertaining memoir-in-stories-that-could-be-told-over-a-meal, Strange Things Happen. The world knows Copeland as the drummer for The Police, one of the most successful bands in rock history. But they may not know as much about his childhood in the Middle East as the son of an agent for the CIA. Or his film-making adventures with the Pygmies in the deepest Congo. Or his passion for polo (“Brideshead Revisited on horses”). Strange Things Happen moves from Copeland’s remarkable childhood through the formation of The Police and their rise to stardom, to the aristocratic life that followed, and finally behind the scenes of The Police’s extraordinarily successful reunion tour. It’s a book of amazing anecdotes, all completely true, that take us backstage of a life fully lived. (And yes, there are chapters about Sting, too.)
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Reunited after 23 years with his bandmates in the THE POLICE when they opened the Grammy Awards in February of 2007, Stewart Copeland counts himself fortunate to have been the founder of the most played and successful trio of the 1980s. THE POLICE’s reunion tour, began in Vancouver in May 2007 went on to be the biggest of the year, grossing more than $247,000,000. Recipient of the Hollywood Film Festival’s first Outstanding Music in Film Visionary Award, and a 2003 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Stewart Copeland- the former drummer and founder of The Police - has been responsible for some of the film world’s most innovative and groundbreaking scores. His career includes the sale of more than 40,000,000 records worldwide, and has won him five Grammy Awards. Meanwhile, his travels in search of exotic rhythms and musical celebration have taken him around the world, from mysterious Easter Island to Mozambique, and from the outback of Australia to the remotest regions of the Congolese jungles. Copeland is the father of seven children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Fiona Dent. Visit him online at www.stewartcopeland.netBack to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
[_Tarazi, Lennie, me, Aragoosie (1965)_]
[_Tarazi with UN bunker (1998)_]
_A lot has happened since we broke that branch off of old Abu Tannous’s olive tree, behind the Tarazi Palace. Do you remember our little town in the Lebanese hills overlooking Beirut? That was back in 1965. The Russians had ...
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Reviewed by dontask on Nov 23, 2012
A thoroughly likeable account of a fascinating life. Copeland is an insightful narrator whose honest, warts and all recounting is pleasantly short on self important grandstanding. Highly recommended even if, like me, you don't own a single Police track.
Reviewed by dreamdust on Sep 10, 2010
Are you ready to rock?
Fun, fun, fun! What a blast party-on...
Reviewed by Chromatic on Dec 20, 2009
Strange Things Happen...to rock stars
Entrhalling; couldn't put it down!
Reviewed by lyndymac on Dec 4, 2009
Like Being on Tour with the Police!
I thoroughly enjoyed Copeland's writing style, his humor and his intelligence. While it was all interesting, when I reached the last chapters about the final Police tour I had to keep reading instead of waiting for the next day for the next installment. If you were (are) a fan of The Police, don't miss reading this!
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