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

Author(s): Stewart Copeland


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 much about his childhood growing in the Middle East as the son of a CIA agent. Or his film-making adventures with the Pygmies in the deepest Congo. Or his passion for polo ('Brideshead Revisited on horses'). Stewart Copeland counts himself fortunate to have been the founder of the most played and successful trio of the 1980s. More recently he has travelled the world in search of exotic rhythms and musical celebration, from mysterious Easter Island to Mozambique, and from the outback of Australia to the remotest regions of the Congolese jungles.


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"[Copeland's] multifaceted and generous embracing of many kinds of experiences give this book an especially rich texture. He has an entertaining style and a flair for the witty and well-timed anecdote." -- Library Journal

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780061791499
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • : Igniter
  • : September 2009
  • : 210mm X 140mm X 28mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stewart Copeland
  • : Hardback
  • : 11-Sep
  • : 782.42166092
  • : 256
  • : 72 black and white photographs