Stewart Copeland
American musician
Stewart Copeland
Stewart Armstrong Copeland is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band The Police. During the group's extended hiatus from the mid-1980s to 2007, he played in other bands and composed soundtracks. Copeland was ranked by a Rolling Stone magazine reader poll in 2010 as the fifth greatest drummer of all time.
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The Police Co-Founder and Drummer, Stewart Copeland, Explains His Journey from Rock to Opera
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Opera and the iconic rock band, The Police may seem to be from different worlds but the group's co-founder and drummer, Stewart Copeland, bridges the gap as an accomplished musician in both genres. This weekend, one of his works, The Cask of Amontillado, will play Dixon Place in New York City, premiering new orchestrations for the opera, initially created in the early 1990's. But, fans of his work with Sting will need to manage their expectations. This isn't The Police's celebrated sound, playfully translated to stage in opera form. It's an extension of Copeland's incredible talent, and successful explorations into other formats that have helped him create a prolific body of work inside and outside of rock, including five legitimate operas. "It was a libretto out of the blue from my old friend and mentor, David Bamberger, who commissioned my first opera at the Cleveland Opera," Copeland shared. "[He] pretty much schooled me in what it's all about, since I had never seen an opera at t ...
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The Police Co-Founder and Drummer, Stewart Copeland, Explains His Journey from Rock to Opera
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Opera and the iconic rock band, The Police may seem to be from different worlds but the group's co-founder and drummer, Stewart Copeland, bridges the gap as an accomplished musician in both genres. This weekend, one of his works, The Cask of Amontillado, will play Dixon Place in New York City, premiering new orchestrations for the opera, initially created in the early 1990's. But, fans of his work with Sting will need to manage their expectations. This isn't The Police's celebrated sound, playfully translated to stage in opera form. It's an extension of Copeland's incredible talent, and successful explorations into other formats that have helped him create a prolific body of work inside and outside of rock, including five legitimate operas. "It was a libretto out of the blue from my old friend and mentor, David Bamberger, who commissioned my first opera at the Cleveland Opera," Copeland shared. "[He] pretty much schooled me in what it's all about, since I had never seen an opera at t ...
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Cuba, An Ally We Need
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality. We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force." Che Guevara People play pretty fast and loose with the term "revolutionary", it's a catch all phrase for anyone that is anti-establishment or goes against the societal grain. I inherently like people like that at a soul level, but its not quite the same thing as what Che Guevara was talking about in his famous quote. Che was talking about loving people for their own sake, and then doing something to help them. The revolutionary heart of love, that "moving force" Che speaks about is very rare indeed, but it is exactly the kind of heart we need to cultivate in the United States right now. This applies to many things and many different kinds of people, but in this case I'm talking abo ...
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Police's Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland due at film premiere Nov. 3
LATimes - over 3 years
Two-thirds of the Police -- guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland -- will be reunited on Sunday to talk about their role in Amnesty International’s benefit concerts at the world premiere of “Released!” a new concert films with highlights from two AI tours and two other individual benefit shows from 1986 to 1999.
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McLean Greaves: A Tale of Two Snoops
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In the world of rock, the suggestion "it's better to burn out, than fade away" has been debunked so thoroughly that the prospect of seeing 70-year-old Sir Mick Jagger strut onstage fills stadiums. And the irony of their classic lyric -- "hope I die before I get old" -- isn't stopping The Who from reliving their mod years in the upcoming Quadrophrenia tour despite being well past their self-imposed expiry date. Hip hop, on the other hand, continues to be a young man's game where longevity is often undermined by homicide, incarceration, insolvency or a generation gap that sidelines pioneers like Grand Master Flash and Rakim. Against this background Reincarnated, the new documentary on Snoop Dogg, is a fascinating in-depth account of what happens when a famous OG (original gangsta) really becomes an middle-aged OG. Directed by Vice Magazine global editor Andy Capper (The Vice Guide To Liberia), the film chronicles a month-long pilgrimage to Jamaica by the 40-year-old star whe ...
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Mike Ragogna: Soul & Inspiration: A Conversation With Songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Plus Milan's Calibro 35
Huffington Post - over 4 years
photo by Mike Ragogna A Conversation With Songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Mike Ragogna: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, thank you so much for the interview. You are my favorite songwriters on the planet. There I said it. Cynthia Weil: Thank you! MR: You're very, very welcome. And though I am a big fan of Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, when it comes to classic pop songwriting, especially during The Brill Building era, you guys have been important to me, and I thank you for all your great works. Barry Mann: Well that's great to hear! I'm honored. CW: Try living with him now. (laughs) BM: You know, the only thing is it's kind of like a backhanded compliment almost, to be categorized as the Brill Building writers. We continued writing songs after The Brill Building, but I guess people have to kind of give you a label of some sort, you know what I mean? MR: Sure, but you know what? It's almost like you would say, "Why, it's Academy Award-winning Clint Eastwood." ...
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Stewart Copeland Of The Police Scores On "Storage Wars"
Popeater - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-26653" href="/barry+weiss">Barry Weiss</a> is no dummy, and he certainly had a clever way to make a profit after a $1,500 investment on "Storage Wars" (Tue., 10...
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On the record - New York Post
Google News - over 5 years
Several pieces from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including a drum head broken by Police drummer Stewart Copeland and a hubcap that was stolen from David Bowie&#39;s car the first time he went to CBGB, will also be on display
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TWO OF MUSIC'S BIGGEST AND MOST HIGHLY ACCLAIMED ARTISTS WILL MEET AT THE ... - TVbytheNumbers
Google News - over 5 years
Born in Newcastle, England, Sting moved to London in 1977 and formed The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, earned six Grammy awards, and in 2003 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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"All The Things I Was Told Nobody Wanted To See": Les Claypool's Animals and ... - jambands.com
Google News - over 5 years
Ever since he invited Trey Anastasio and Stewart Copeland to join him on-stage as Oysterhead last May, Les Claypool&#39;s bass has rarely remained idle. In the wake of that performance, he assembled bands for both the Mountain Aire Festival and the
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Stewart Copeland Rocks Late Night Drum Solo Week (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
On Thursday Stewart Copeland Rocks Late Night Drum Solo Week was a top story. Here is the recap: Drum Solo Week II continued Wednesday on The Late Show with David Letterman as former Police drummer Stewart Copeland was front and center
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Record numbers flock to Puglia festival to dance to Italy's dervish beat - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Blasi was determined to bring it up to date and hired musicians from other fields to manage the musical line-up, including the former Police drummer Stewart Copeland in 2003. &quot;When Copeland met the last of the great old pizzica players, Uccio Aloisi,
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Video - Stewart Copeland Makes Speedy Entrance For Letterman Show - Contactmusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
Stewart Copeland, the American musician best known as the drummer for The Police, arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York for a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. Copeland waved to fans and reluctantly posed for photographers before
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Wednesday's TV Talk Shows - Los Angeles Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
11:31 pm Comedy Central Late Show With David Letterman Ashton Kutcher; tennis player Rafael Nadal; Stewart Copeland. (N) 11:35 pm KCBS The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Katie Holmes; tennis player Novak Djokovic; Mat Kearney performs. 11:35 pm KNBC
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stewart Copeland
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 63
    As of 2016, Copeland has been performing with a quintet called "Off The Score" that includes, Jon Kimura Parker, Yoon Kwon, Marlon Martinez and Judd Miller.
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    In 2016, he was ranked 10th on Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time".
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  • 2013
    Age 60
    On November 26, 2013, he appeared in the first episode of the Tim Ferriss Experiment.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    On January 10, 2012, he appeared on an episode of the A&E reality series Storage Wars to appraise a drum set for Barry Weiss, buying a Turkish cymbal from the set for $40.
    More Details Hide Details In July he reunited with former Animal Logic band mate Stanley Clarke for a European tour.
  • 2011
    Age 58
    On August 24, 2011, Copeland was a featured soloist on the Late Show with David Letterman, as part of their second "Drum Solo Week".
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    On May 24, 2011, Copeland started a personal YouTube channel devoted to personal videos and project updates.
    More Details Hide Details On this channel, he uploads jams with various musicians, including Primus, Andy Summers, Jeff Lynne, Snoop Dogg and others in his home studio, which he refers to as the Sacred Grove.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    In October 2009 he was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.
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    In September 2009, a memoir by Copeland entitled Strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo, and Pygmies was released by Harper Collins.
    More Details Hide Details The book chronicles much of Copeland's life, from his childhood through the course of his work with The Police and to the present.
    Copeland wrote the score for an updated theatrical presentation of chariot-racing saga Ben-Hur, premiered September 17, 2009, at the London O2 Arena.
    More Details Hide Details Copeland provided English-language narration of the production, which is performed entirely in Latin and the Aramaic language.
    On August 21, 2009, at SummerFest '09, Copeland unveiled a recent composition, "Retail Therapy", which had been commissioned by the Music Society.
    More Details Hide Details Copeland then performed three more original works: "Kaya", "Celeste", and "Gene Pool", the last aided by San Diego-based percussion ensemble red fish blue fish. Copeland was also present for a composer's roundtable and a question and answer discussion in conjunction with the festival.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    Also in 2008, Copeland was commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to create a percussion piece involving primarily Indonesian instruments. "Gamelan D’Drum" was first performed (after two weather delays) in Dallas on February 5, 2011, and had its European Premiere at the Royal Academy of Music in London in July 2012.
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    In March 2008, Copeland premiered a new orchestral composition "Celeste" at "An Evening with Stewart Copeland", part of the Savannah Music Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The performance featured classical violinist Daniel Hope. Copeland's appearance at Savannah included a screening of Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out and a question and answer session.
    In 2008, RIM commissioned Copeland to write a "soundtrack" for the BlackBerry Bold.
    More Details Hide Details Copeland created a highly percussive theme of one minute's length, from which he evolved six ringtones and a softer 'alarm tone' that are preloaded on the device.
  • 2007
    Age 54
    At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Copeland, Andy Summers and Sting performed the song "Roxanne" together again as The Police.
    More Details Hide Details This marked the band's first public performance since 1986 (they had previously reunited only for an improvised set at Sting's wedding party in 1992 and for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003). One day later, the band announced that in celebration of The Police's 30th anniversary, they would be embarking on what turned out to be a one-off reunion tour on May 28, 2007. During the tour, Copeland also released his compilation album The Stewart Copeland Anthology, which was composed of his independent work. The group performed 151 dates across five continents, concluding with a final show in August 2008 at Madison Square Garden, New York.
  • 2006
    Age 53
    In January 2006, Copeland premiered his film about the Police called Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out at the Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details In February and March, he appeared as one of the judges on the BBC television show Just the Two of Us (a role he later reprised for a second series in January 2007).
  • 2005
    Age 52
    Also in 2005, Copeland started Gizmo, a new project with avant-garde guitarist David Fiuczynski, multi-instrumentalist Vittorio Cosma, singer Raiz and bassist Max Gazzè. The band made their U.S debut on September 16, 2006 at the Modern Drummer Drum Festival.
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    In 2005, Copeland released "Orchestralli", a live recording of chamber ensemble music which he had composed during a short tour of Italy in 2002.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    In 2002, Copeland was hired by Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors to play with them for a new album and tour, but after an injury sidelined Copeland, the arrangement ended in mutual lawsuits.
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  • 2000
    Age 47
    This period also saw Copeland compose the soundtrack for Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare, his only video game soundtrack outside of the Spyro franchise to date. In 2000, he combined with Les Claypool of Primus (with whom he produced a track on the Primus album Antipop) and Trey Anastasio of Phish to create the band Oysterhead.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he was approached by director Adam Collis to assemble the score for the film Sunset Strip.
  • 1998
    Age 45
    He was commissioned by Insomniac Games in 1998 to make the musical score for the hit PlayStation game Spyro the Dragon.
    More Details Hide Details Copeland would play through the levels first to get a feel for each one before composing the soundtrack. He also stayed with the project to create the musical scores for the remaining Insomniac sequels Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. The franchise shifted over to Universal for the fourth title, Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, which would be Copeland's last outing with the series. While the soundtracks never saw commercial release, the limited edition of the fourth game came packaged with a bonus CD, containing unused tracks. The soundtracks were very well received, and one track would later appear on the 2007 compilation album The Stewart Copeland Anthology.
  • 1993
    Age 40
    In 1993 he composed the music for Channel 4's Horse Opera and director Bob Baldwin.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, he provided the voice of an additional American soldier in the animated musical comedy war film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 36
    His father, Miles Copeland, Jr., was a founding member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to his 1989 biography and files released by the CIA in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his occasional references to "Uncle Aaron", Copeland is not a relative of the composer Aaron Copland In 2007, the French Government appointed Copeland (along with Police bandmates Andy Summers and Sting) a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Copeland's hobbies include rollerskating, cycling along the beach in Santa Monica, filmmaking and playing polo. He is also active on his YouTube channel, where he uploads videos of himself and other musicians during jam sessions in his studio, the Sacred Grove. Copeland is known for precise, energetic, and creative reggae-influenced drumming along with a Lebanese-influenced style. His distinctive sound centers on a hard, high-pitched crack on a snare or rimshot, and subtle hi-hat work with understated flourishes. Despite being left-handed, Copeland plays drums like a right-handed drummer, with the hi-hat on his left and ride cymbal and floor toms on his right. He played his snare drum in a very peculiar way: from big booming hits to jazzy counter-tempo to soft beating on the ridge. During his years with The Police, he became known for engaging only the hi-hat with bass drum to keep the beat on many Police tracks. Copeland is a master of the syncopated beat, and his distinct approach consolidates his position as an important drummer on the world stage, subsequently influencing generations of drummers.
    In 1989, Copeland formed Animal Logic with jazz bassist Stanley Clarke and singer-songwriter Deborah Holland.
    More Details Hide Details The trio had success with their first album and world tour but the follow-up recording sold poorly, and the band did not continue.
  • 1986
    Age 33
    Copeland also occasionally played drums for other artists. Peter Gabriel employed Copeland for his mastery of the hi-hat to perform on his song "Red Rain" from his 1986 album So.
    More Details Hide Details He has also performed with Mike Rutherford and Tom Waits. That year he also teamed with Adam Ant to record the title track and video for the Anthony Michael Hall movie Out of Bounds.
  • 1984
    Age 31
    The Police stopped touring in 1984, and during this brief hiatus he released a solo album, The Rhythmatist.
    More Details Hide Details The record was the result of a pilgrimage to Africa and its people, and it features local drums and percussion, with more drums, percussion, other musical instruments and occasional lead vocals added by Copeland. The album was the official soundtrack to the movie of the same name, which was co-written by Stewart. He also starred in the film, which is "A musical odyssey through the heart of Africa in search of the roots of rock & roll." (Copeland is seen playing the drums in a cage with lions surrounding him.) The band attempted a reunion in 1986, but the project fell apart. After the Police disbanded, Copeland established a career composing soundtracks for movies (Airborne, Talk Radio, Wall Street, Riff Raff, Raining Stones, Surviving the Game, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Highlander II: The Quickening, The Leopard Son, She's Having a Baby, The First Power, "Fresh," Taking Care of Business, West Beirut, I am David, Good Burger), television (The Equalizer, Dead Like Me, Star Wars: Droids, the pilot for Babylon 5 (1993), Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee), operas (Holy Blood and Crescent Moon, commissioned by Cleveland Opera) and ballets (Prey' Ballet Oklahoma, Casque of Amontillado, Noah's Ark/Solcheeka, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, King Lear, commissioned by the San Francisco Ballet Company, Emilio).
  • 1983
    Age 30
    Copeland's score for Rumble Fish secured him a Golden Globe nomination in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details The film, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola from the S. E. Hinton novel, also had a song released to radio on A&M Records "Don't Box Me In" (UK Singles Chart n. 91)—a collaboration between Copeland and singer/songwriter Stan Ridgway, leader of the band Wall of Voodoo—that received significant airplay upon release of the film that year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 29
    In 1982 Copeland was involved in the production of a WOMAD benefit album called Music and Rhythm.
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  • 1978
    Age 25
    Copeland also recorded under the pseudonym Klark Kent, releasing several UK singles in 1978 with one ("Don't Care") entering the UK Singles Chart that year, along with an eponymously titled 10-inch album on green vinyl released in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Recorded at Nigel Gray's Surrey Sound Studio, Copeland played all the instruments and sang the lead vocals himself. Kent's "Don't Care", which peaked at #48 UK in August 1978, actually predates the first chart single by The Police by several months ("Can't Stand Losing You", issued in October 1978) as "Don't Care" was released in early June 1978.
  • 1977
    Age 24
    In 1977, Copeland founded the Police with singer-bassist Sting and guitarist Henry Padovani (who was soon replaced by Andy Summers), and it became one of the top bands of the 1980s.
    More Details Hide Details The Police's early track list was mostly made of Copeland's compositions, including the band's first single "Fall Out" (Illegal Records, 1977) and the B side "Nothing Achieving". Though Copeland's songwriting contribution was reduced to a couple of songs per album as Sting started writing more material, he continued to co-arrange all the Police's songs with his two bandmates. Amongst Copeland's most notable songs are "On Any Other Day" (where he sang lead vocals too), "Does Everyone Stare" (later to be used as the title of his documentary on the band Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out), "Contact", "Bombs Away", "Darkness" and "Miss Gradenko". Copeland also co-authored a number of songs with Sting, including "Peanuts", "Landlord", "It's Alright for You" and "Re-Humanize Yourself".
  • 1974
    Age 21
    Copeland was romantically involved with Curved Air vocalist Sonja Kristina beginning in 1974, and they were married from 1982 to 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Copeland adopted Kristina's son Sven from a prior relationship, and they had two more sons together, Jordan and Scott. In 1981, Copeland fathered a son, Patrick, with Marina Guinness, daughter of Irish author Desmond Guinness. Copeland currently lives in Los Angeles with his second wife, Fiona Dent, with whom he has three daughters (Eve, Grace and Celeste). Copeland's oldest brother Miles Copeland III, founder of I.R.S. Records, was the manager of The Police and has overseen Stewart's interests in other music projects. Stewart's other brother, the late Ian Copeland, was a pioneering booking agent who represented the Police and many others.
    Returning to England, he worked as road manager for the progressive rock band Curved Air's 1974 reunion tour, and then as drummer for the band during 1975 and 1976.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 14
    Later he moved to England and attended Millfield from 1967 to 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Copeland went to college in California, attending United States International University and University of California, Berkeley.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Age 4
    In 1957, the family moved to Beirut, Lebanon, and Copeland attended the American Community School there.
    More Details Hide Details He started taking drum lessons at age twelve and was playing drums for school dances within a year.
  • 1952
    Born
    Stewart Armstrong Copeland was born in Alexandria, Virginia on July 16, 1952, the youngest of four children of CIA officer Miles Copeland, Jr. and Scottish archaeologist Lorraine Adie.
    More Details Hide Details The family moved to Cairo, Egypt, a few months after his birth, and Copeland spent his formative years in the Middle East.
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