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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.

©2009 Stewart Copeland (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 02-21-15

Stewart Can Write!

Who knew Stewart Copeland could write? His career as musician, composer and actor are humorously documented here in great prose. Also included are great stories of his life. From childhood life in the Middle East as the son of a CIA spy -- to adulthood polo matches against Prince Charles (oh, and that whole Police thing), Stewart's gift of gab is entertaining and fun.

A good read for Police fans and non-Police fans alike.

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Now I understand why there was tension.

Stewart Copeland comes across as a pompous know-it-all, but he pulls it off because it works and because the author is brutally honest and self-aware.

I'd prefer more show to the abundance of tell, but there's more than enough to thoroughly enjoy this artistic endeavor.

I now demand he co-author a book with Neil Peart.