Strange Things Happen
A Life With the Police, Polo, and PygmiesBook - 2009
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 memoir. The world knows him as the drummer for The Police, one of the most successful bands in rock history. But they may not know about his childhood in the Middle East as the son of a CIA agent. Or be aware of his film-making adventures with the Pygmies in the deepest reaches of the Congo, and his passion for polo. Here we move from Copeland's remarkable childhood to the formation of The Police, their rise to stardom, and the settled-down life that followed. It's a book of amazing anecdotes, all completely true, which take us backstage in a life that is fully lived.--From publisher description.
“An excellent read.”
—St. Petersburg Times
“An often hilarious, always candid and astutely observed memoir chronicling a life observed, largely, from the vantage point of a drum throne.”
Rock legend Stewart Copeland, drummer for seminal pop trio The Police, shares his stories from before, during, and after his days with Sting and Andy Summers, in one of the most popular and influential bands of the eighties. Strange Things Happen indeed.
The drummer for The Police relates the story of his life, from his childhood as the son of a CIA agent and his adventures with Pygmies in the Congo, to his passion for polo and the formation of The Police and their rise to stardom.
The drummer for The Police relates the story of his amazing life--from his childhood as the son of a CIA agent to his adventures with Pygmies in the Congo, from his passion for polo to the formation of The Police and their rise to stardom--in an illustrated book that also details the band's reunion tour and the author's relationship with bandmate Sting. 50,000 first printing.