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Also Known As: Stewart Armstrong Copeland Died:
Born: July 16, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Alexandria, Virginia, USA Profession: composer, musician, musical arranger, tour manager, disc jockey

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A founding member of the English pop-rock group The Police, Stewart Copeland was also the group's propulsive, versatile drummer whose innate grasp of jazz, new wave and world music rhythms later contributed to a successful tenure as a film composer. Copeland launched the group with Sting in 1977, and after adding guitarist Andy Summers, saw it rise from the New wave scene of the late 1970s to global popularity in the early 1980s. When The Police split in 1984, Copeland moved into soundtrack work, writing dense, rhythmic scores for such films as "Wall Street" (1987). By the 1990s, he was in demand as a composer for film and theater, which largely curtailed his rock efforts. But he reunited with his Police mates in 2007 to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary with a record-breaking world tour. Its success gave both longtime fans and a new generation of listeners ample proof of Copeland's status as one of the most innovative drummers in popular music.

A founding member of the English pop-rock group The Police, Stewart Copeland was also the group's propulsive, versatile drummer whose innate grasp of jazz, new wave and world music rhythms later contributed to a successful tenure as a film composer. Copeland launched the group with Sting in 1977, and after adding guitarist Andy Summers, saw it rise from the New wave scene of the late 1970s to global popularity in the early 1980s. When The Police split in 1984, Copeland moved into soundtrack work, writing dense, rhythmic scores for such films as "Wall Street" (1987). By the 1990s, he was in demand as a composer for film and theater, which largely curtailed his rock efforts. But he reunited with his Police mates in 2007 to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary with a record-breaking world tour. Its success gave both longtime fans and a new generation of listeners ample proof of Copeland's status as one of the most innovative drummers in popular music.

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 1 Giant Leap (2002)
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 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) Voice Of American Soldier No 1
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 Gridlock'd (1997)
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 Leopard Son, The (1996)
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 Pallbearer, The (1996)
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 I Love the '80s Strikes Back (2003) Interviewee
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 Making of the Leopard Son, The (1996) Interviewee
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Raised in the USA, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon
1964:
Reportedly started playing drums at age 12 (date approximate)
1966:
Moved to England with family
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Returned to England after college and joined the rock group Curved Air
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Was drummer with popular British trio The Police, with Sting and Andy Summers
1979:
The Police signed by A&M Records, had first US hit, "Roxanne"
1980:
Wrote song "Deathwish" for British film "Riding High"
1983:
The Police released last album ("Synchronicity") and had Number 1 single, "Every Breath You Take"
1983:
Scored Francis Ford Coppola's film "Rumble Fish"; also performed on the soundtrack
1985:
First TV credit, theme music for the CBS series "The Equalizer"
1985:
Released album and video, "The Rythmatist"
1987:
Scored Oliver Stone's "Wall Street"
1988:
First TV-movie credit as composer, "After Midnight" (ABC)
1989:
Formed band Animal Logic; released two albums
1989:
Composed opera "Holy Blood and Crescent Moon," which premiered in Cleveland
1993:
Scored pilot for popular sci-fi TV series "Babylon 5" (syndicated)
1995:
Collection of Copeland's compositions were performed and recorded by the Albany Symphony Orchestra
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Education

University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California -
University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California -

Notes

On his first film: "I had no idea what I was doing or how it should be done. That was probably why it was so interesting from their point of view--it broke all the rules. They thought, 'wow, this is all so iconoclastic and revolutionary!' In fact, it was just bone ignorance." --Stewart Copeland, quoted in Moviemaker, September-October 1996

"The wonderful thing about film composing is that it takes you all over the musical map. One minute you're doing a thundering rock track, the next a little quartet, the next some kind of jazz thing, the next a synthesizer patch. It's a rich and varied world of music. The other great thing is that you don't have to finish any musical ideas. When you're writing songs, you have to complete the thought; whereas in film, the scene IS the thought, and all you have to do is your part. If you have two chords that move beautifully, that's all you need." --Copeland in Moviemaker., September-October 1996.

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wife:
Sonja Kristina Copeland. Divorced.
wife:
Fiona Copeland.

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father:
Miles Axe Copeland Jr. Musician; CIA field officer. Played trumpet with Glen Miller's Orchestra, later became a "founding member" of the CIA.
mother:
Lorraine Copeland. Archeologist.
brother:
Miles Axe Copeland III. Stockbroker; music manager. Oldest brother; formed Illegal Recording Syndicate; handled The Police until 1979.
brother:
Ian Copeland. Manager. Older; ran Frontier Booking International, which booked The Police's 1979 U.S. tour.
sister:
Lorraine Copeland.
son:
Sven Copeland.
son:
Patrick Copeland.
son:
Jordan Copeland.
son:
Scott Copeland. Mother Sonja Copeland.
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