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Birth name: Stewart Armstrong Copeland.
Born: July 16, 1952 Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
Stewart Copeland biography (bio):
Copeland was born in Alexandria, Virginia, the youngest of four children of CIA agent Miles Copeland, Jr. and Scot, Lorraine Adie, who was in British intelligence.
The family moved to Cairo, Egypt a few months after his birth, and Copeland spent his formative years in the Middle East attending Cairo American College. He started drum lessons at age twelve and by age thirteen he was playing drums for school dances. Later he moved to England and attended Millfield from 1967 to 1969. Copeland went to college in California, attending California Western University and UC Berkeley. He returned to England in 1975, playing drums for the progressive rock band Curved Air.
In 1982 Stewart Copeland was involved in the production of a WOMAD benefit album called Music and Rhythm.
In 1983, Stewart Copeland would compose the musical score and earn a Golden Globe nomination for his scoring of Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish. 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 - Theme From Rumblefish" - 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.
After The Police stopped touring in 1984, Copeland established a career composing soundtracks for movies (Talk Radio, Wall Street, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Highlander 2, The Leopard Son, Taking Care of Business, West Beirut, I am David), television (The Equalizer, Dead Like Me, Droids, the animated Star Wars spin-off, the original pilot for Babylon 5), and video games (Spyro the Dragon), along with operas (Holy Blood and Crescent Moon) and ballets.
In 1985, Copeland released a solo album, The Rhythmatist. Featuring drums and percussion, the record was the result of a pilgrimage to Africa. In 1988 he followed up with The Equalizer & Other Cliff Hangers, an album collecting some of his soundtrack efforts.
In 1989, Copeland formed Animal Logic with jazz bassist Stanley Clarke and singer songwriter Deborah Holland. The trio had success with their first album and world tour but the followup recording sold poorly, and the band did not continue.
Copeland has occasionally played drums for other artists including Peter Gabriel. In 2000, he joined 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. In 2002, Copeland was hired by Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors to play on a new album and tour, but after an injury sidelined Copeland, the arrangement ended in mutual lawsuits. In 2005, Copeland started Gizmo, a new project with avant-garde guitarist David Fiuczynski. The band made their U.S debut on September 16, 2006 at the Modern Drummer Drum Festival.
In January 2006, Copeland premiered his film about the Police called Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out at the Sundance Film Festival. 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).
At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Copeland, Andy Summers and Sting performed the song "Roxanne" together again as The Police. 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 worldwide The Police Reunion Tour on May 23rd 2007.
Copeland married Curved Air vocalist Sonja Kristina, and they had three sons together before divorcing in the early 1990s. Copeland had one other son (Patrick, born 1981) with Marina Guinness, daughter of Desmond Guinness. Copeland currently lives in Los Angeles with his second wife, Fiona, with whom he has three daughters.
Stewart's oldest brother Miles Copeland III, founder of I.R.S. Records, was manager of the Police and has overseen Stewart's interests in other music projects. Stewart's other brother, the now deceased Ian Copeland, was a pioneering booking agent who represented the Police, amongst many others.
Stewart's hobbies include rollerskating, cycling along the beach in Santa Monica, film-making and playing polo.