Strange Things Happen

Strange Things Happen

A Life With the Police, Polo, and Pygmies

Book - 2009
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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 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.”

Buffalo News


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.

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperStudio, [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061791499
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 COPEL COPEL
Characteristics: vi, 329 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Mar 22, 2010


If you are looking for the story of The Police, keep looking. This isn’t it.

This is an autobiography of sorts. However, there isn’t really a common thread through the book, other than the fact that it all happened to Copeland. Each chapter is focussed on what seems to be an almost randomly selected part of his life. Some stuff on playing “world” music. Some stuff on playing polo. Some stuff on scoring films. Some of it was interesting to me, just as much was not. A random chapter will take place in 1987 and then the next one is 1989 – no explanation of what happened in between, no link between 87 and 89 – just like you drop into his life and then go away for 6 months or a year or two.

The part of the book that covers when The Police were together, before they broke up and then reunited seemed to be about 6 pages. I think he devotes about 6 pages to Klark Kent. Anybody remember Klark Kent? He goes into some detail on The Police reunion tour which I found interesting. But overall disappointing – not what I was expecting or hoping for.


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