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

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

by Stewart Copeland

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Overview

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061791512
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 391,430
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Steward Copeland counts himself fortunate to have been a founder of the most played and successful trio of the 1980s. His ongoing travels in search of exotic rhythms and musical celebrations have taken him all around the world. Copeland is the father of seven children. He lives with his wife and three daughters.

Table of Contents

I Strange Things Happen 1

1 A Letter to a Childhood Friend (2009) 3

2 Wardrobe (Late 1980s) 5

3 Lebanon (1957-67) 8

4 Music (1968) 15

5 Curved Air (1975) 28

6 Tagging London (1977) 34

7 Klark Kent (1978) 36

8 A Quick History of the Police (1976-78) 46

9 Police Rule (1979-84) 51

II Learning to be Normal 57

10 Congo (1984) 59

11 Horses (1987) 75

12 Opera: Holy Blood, Crescent Moon (1989) 90

13 Bake-Off in Fort Worth (1990) 103

14 Horse Opera (1992) 108

III Still not Normal 113

15 Oysterhead (April 2000) 115

16 Hall of Fame (March 2003) 131

17 La Notte Della Taranta (August 2003) 136

18 Incubus: The Hybrid (December 2004) 151

19 Dancing with the (Poll) stars (February 2004) 157

20 Scoring with Anjelica (March 2005) 161

21 For Flying with the Fly Foos (June 2005) 168

22 Gizmo (2005) 178

23 Judge Hard Place and the BBC (2006) 195

24 The Grateful Dad (2007) 208

25 Sundance (2005) 214

IV Abnormal Again 223

26 Lock up your Mothers: We're Back (February 2007) 225

27 Will this Fly? (2007) 231

28 Eberhard Sets us Free (1978) 234

29 A Mighty wind in the Magic Stingdom (May 2007) 237

30 The Disaster Gig (May 2007) 239

31 Angry in Edmonton (June 2007) 242

32 Conquering Heroes (June 2007) 245

33 Malibu Fey Choir (June 2007) 251

34 How Big is my Amp! (June 2007) 253

35 Aftershow Ritual (July 2007) 259

36 Tuba in Turin (October 2007) 263

37 Four Beers and the President (October 2007) 270

38 Raging Kumbaya (January 2008) 277

39 Slav on a Slab (June 2008) 282

40 Burning the Golden Goose (1984) 286

41 Singapore Showdown (February 2008) 288

42 Toast in the Machine (August 2008) 293

43 Elvis is Leaving the Building (August 2008) 302

Afterword: The Green Flag (2009) 309

Appendix A Who 313

Appendix B What 323

Acknowledgments 330

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