Strange Things Happen : A Life with the "Police", Polo and Pygmies, Paperback

Strange Things Happen : A Life with the "Police", Polo and Pygmies Paperback

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A remarkable memoir from the legendary drummer with The Police.

Stewart Copeland is a genuine rock legend. As the drummer with The Police he was part of the biggest rock band in the world.

They sold over 50 million records, won 2 Brits and 5 Grammys and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

When they reformed in 2007 they played to nearly 4 million fans on a record-breaking world tour which grossed over $400m.

But his time with The Police is just a tiny part of his story.

Growing up in Lebanon, unaware that his dad was a major US spy.

Being best friends with Kim Philby's son. Singing in the choir in Wells Cathedral. Performing arts college in San Diego. Drumming with prog-rock gods Curved Air. Appearing on TOTP as Klark Kent in full camoflage make-up.

Spray painting The Police logos around London at night.

Rock stardom and fan obsessions. Filming experimental movies with a pygmy tribe. Playing polo against Prince Charles. Recording the score to Rumblefish with Francis Ford Coppola looking on.

Composing operas. Reforming the band. Arguing with Sting. Embarking on one of the biggest tours of all time as he approaches sixty. These are just a few of the episodes covered in this revelatory autobiography.

It is destined to be a must-read for thousands of Police fans and music enthusiasts.

Strange Things Happen is an unforgettable memoir from a musician who has earned his place in rock history.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9780007339402



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Copeland would have us believe that The Police and his time with that important band had become almost a vague and rarely thought of memory such is the intensity of his life and achievements since however the ghost in the machine presides over all and is only exorcised through an ecstatic and exhausting reunion tour.Copeland is an effervescent character, born into an unusual family of the world, surrounded by celebrity and infamy, and not wanting for anything, this is no rags to riches story. One senses that he would have found fame and fortune at something, somewhere, such is his drive, talent, thick skin, and appreciation of good fortune. When a door opens he swaggers through, all except his favoured polo club which stubbornly refused to bow to his celebrity, and rising to the challenge he achieves acceptance through sheer hard work, sweat and determination.What I found most intriguing was that Copeland is a learned and disciplined writer, arranger and performer of music, whether for TV and movie scores, or as part of a euphoric Italian folk ensemble, yet it is with The Police that his wild child emerges and he revels in a chaotic drumming style which creates perfect tension against the perfectionist Sting, Andy Sumner providing the oft needed sanity to prevent the polar opposites from tearing everything apart.The book contains many anecdotes as one may expect but this is no tale of rock and roll excesses, no drugs, some booze but only in moderation, and Copeland's principal vice seems to be an obsession with the post performance power shower.Strange Things Happen is an enjoyable and insightful read.

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