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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stewart Copeland Narrator: Stewart Copeland Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780061866890
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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 vastly entertaining memoir-in-stories, 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 as much 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 (Brideshead Revisited on horses). In Strange Things Happen 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 ends with a behind-the-scenes view of The Police’s extraordinarily successful reunion tour. It’s a book of amazing anecdotes, all completely true, which take us backstage in a life that is fully lived.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Well-written and funny…An entertaining journey through the strange rhythms, adventures, ritual, and mojo after the breakup of [the Police].”

    Sacramento Book Review

  • “An often hilarious, always candid, and astutely observed memoir chronicling a life observed, largely, from the vantage point of a drum throne…A rollicking read.”

    Buffalo News

  • “The ego-driven tempests that have articulated the life and times of the Police are laid out by Copeland in a fresh and honest way, not without self-implication either. More than anything else, however, Copeland makes readers feel as if they were on stage with him, Sting and Andy Summers, sharing with us the thrill of performing with one of the great bands of all time.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lively…With the passion of a musician enamored of his art, Copeland conveys his entire musical journey, from spraying the name of the just-formed Police on walls in London in the late ’70s to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame several years ago.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Copeland avoids providing a full accounting of his life thus far, instead choosing to focus on what he sees as the true adventures…The stories themselves, however, are compelling and Copeland delivers them with a healthy serving of wit.”

    Guitar International

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Epler | 2/15/2014

    " This was entertaining, esp. for Police fans--though a good bit of the book is about other facets of Copeland's work (movie scores, other drum/music projects) & play (a little acting, lots of polo). The last few chapters, on the Police 2007-2008 reunion tour was probably the best part--really interesting to see how the three get along (or not), decades after their heyday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/10/2014

    " Entertaining and funny. Favorite quote: "Sting and I actually get along really well, just as long as we're not talking about music." And the fact that he refers to his lead singer in a condescending fashion as "Stingo" was also awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/16/2014

    " i enjoyed it very much...he's a smart dude.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 1/9/2014

    " It's hard to pin down my feelings about this book. I like Copeland a lot. He's definately lived an amazing life. I just wish there was more in it about the early years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/26/2013

    " Fast paced collection of biographical anecdotes from the life of Stewart Copeland--he writes like he drums! Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/25/2013

    " A fun read... Disjointed and self-indulgent, but fun nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/13/2013

    " Pretty much what you'd expect from one of the most brilliant musicians of today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keonaona | 6/28/2013

    " Funny, refreshing, a little bit crazy-intense (aren't all drummers?), smart. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this manuscript. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 12/22/2012

    " Entirely entertaining glimpse of his life with and away from The Police (for whom he was the drummer). All sorts of funny anecdotes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cynthia Rielley | 12/17/2012

    " Ahh I keep forgetting that no matter how much I love the music, and I do love the music, I really don't care much for the man. That is ok though, he loves himself enough for all of us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/22/2012

    " I loved this book! I had many "laugh out loud" moments. Stewart Copeland has a great sense of humor. You do not have to be a Stewart Copeland or Police fan to appreciate this book. Any lover of rock music would enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanwhelan | 9/25/2012

    " This book was a little bit scatter-brained, a little over-the-top, not that structured, and pretty insightful. A lot like Copeland's drumming. I loved it :). I am a huge Copeland fan, so my love of his drumming may have tainted my opinion of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 9/12/2012

    " Revealing and entertaining, but about as coherent as a fever dream. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucas | 8/9/2011

    " Liked it. Interesting stories. Not talked much about The Police "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 4/8/2011

    " So far, this is hysterical. Ab Fab :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 3/15/2011

    " I'm pretty sure I would have loved this book even if I didn't think Stewart Copeland was the mad scientist eccentric genius sexbomb of the universe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 12/26/2010

    " A must read for any musician. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 4/18/2010

    " Interesting companion piece after reading Sting's book. Before this book, I knew Steward Copeland as the drummer for The Police. I had no idea about the fascinating life he leads. Easy read. Interesting & well written. I enjoyed it. "

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About the Author

Stewart Copeland, former drummer for The Police, counts himself fortunate to have been a founder of the most played and successful trio of the 1980s and reunited with his band mates after twenty-three years to open the Grammy Awards in February 2007. The Polices reunion tour in 2007 went on to be the biggest of the year, grossing more than $247 million. Recipient of the Hollywood Film Festivals first Outstanding Music in Film Visionary Award and a 2003 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Copeland has been responsible for some of the film worlds most innovative and groundbreaking scores. His career also includes the sale of more than 40 million records worldwide, which have won five Grammy awards. In search of exotic rhythms and musical celebration, his travels have taken him around the world, from mysterious Easter Island to Mozambique, and from the outback of Australia to the remotest regions of the Congolese jungles. He is the father of seven children and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Fiona Dent.