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Stewart Copeland

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Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician. He was the drummer for the band The Police and is an influential drum stylist. Copeland is also popular for a wealthy catalogue of SOUNDTRACKS.

During the early days of The Police he also released music under the (then secret) pseudonym of Klark Kent. In the late 80’s’s Copeland formed the band Animal Logic, who released two albums before their demise. He is also a member of the supergroup Oysterhead.

Copeland was born in Alexandria, Virginia, the youngest of four children of CIA agent Miles Copeland, Jr. and Scottish 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. He attended the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon, where he played drums at school dances, before moving to England and attending Millfield from 1967-1969. 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 1977, Copeland founded The Police with singer-bassist Sting and guitarist Henry Padovani (who was soon replaced by Andy Summers), which became one of the top bands of the 1980s. 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 flip 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.

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