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

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

Format:  Paperback,

330 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9780061791512

ISBN-10: 0061791512

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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 memoirin- stories, Strange Things Happen. Most people know 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 filmmaking 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 and their rise to stardom, to the settled-down life that followed. It's a book of amazing anecdotes, all completely true, that take us backstage in a life that is fully lived.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9780061791512
ISBN-10: 0061791512
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 330
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.61
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Chapter outline

Strange Things Happenp. 1
A Letter to a Childhood Friend (2009)p. 3
Wardrobe (Late 1980s)p. 5
Lebanon (1957-67)p. 8
Music (1968)p. 15
Curved Air (1975)p. 28
Tagging London (1977)p. 34
Klark Kent (1978)p. 36
A Quick History of the Police (1976-78)p. 46
Police Rule (1979-84)p. 51
Learning to be Normalp. 57
Congo (1984)p. 59
Horses (1987)p. 75
Opera: Holy Blood, Crescent Moon (1989)p. 90
Bake-Off in Fort Worth (1990)p. 103
Horse Opera (1992)p. 108
Still not Normalp. 113
Oysterhead (April 2000)p. 115
Hall of Fame (March 2003)p. 131
La Notte Della Taranta (August 2003)p. 136
Incubus: The Hybrid (December 2004)p. 151
Dancing with the (Poll) stars (February 2004)p. 157
Scoring with Anjelica (March 2005)p. 161
For Flying with the Fly Foos (June 2005)p. 168
Gizmo (2005)p. 178
Judge Hard Place and the BBC (2006)p. 195
The Grateful Dad (2007)p. 208
Sundance (2005)p. 214
Abnormal Againp. 223
Lock up your Mothers: We're Back (February 2007)p. 225
Will this Fly? (2007)p. 231
Eberhard Sets us Free (1978)p. 234
A Mighty wind in the Magic Stingdom (May 2007)p. 237
The Disaster Gig (May 2007)p. 239
Angry in Edmonton (June 2007)p. 242
Conquering Heroes (June 2007)p. 245
Malibu Fey Choir (June 2007)p. 251
How Big is my Amp! (June 2007)p. 253
Aftershow Ritual (July 2007)p. 259
Tuba in Turin (October 2007)p. 263
Four Beers and the President (October 2007)p. 270
Raging Kumbaya (January 2008)p. 277
Slav on a Slab (June 2008)p. 282
Burning the Golden Goose (1984)p. 286
Singapore Showdown (February 2008)p. 288
Toast in the Machine (August 2008)p. 293
Elvis is Leaving the Building (August 2008)p. 302
Afterword: The Green Flag (2009)p. 309
Whop. 313
Whatp. 323
Acknowledgmentsp. 330

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-09-15)

In this unusual memoir, Copeland, the drummer for the Police, includes all of the usual components-his rise to fame, backstage stories and on-tour escapades, glittering names and places, the inevitable reunion, and more. While all of this is absorbing and written with breezy appeal, Copeland's other pursuits are just as engrossing. He writes an opera about the Crusades, becomes involved in a movie project with Pygmies in the Congo, studies the musical roots of far-flung cultures firsthand, and relishes an active family life-and these represent only a small percentage of his adventures.

Copeland's love of music and performing certainly shine through; however, his 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.

Verdict: Fans of the Police will want to read this, and others who crave an adventuresome memoir should certainly take a look at this story of a Renaissance man whose life is closely intertwined with but not ruled by fame.

-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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 memoirin- stories, Strange Things Happen. Most people know 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 filmmaking 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 and their rise to stardom, to the settled-down life that followed. It’s a book of amazing anecdotes, all completely true, that take us backstage in a life that is fully lived.

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