Drummer for the rock-band The Police who all in addition has gone with the pseudonym Klark Kent, releasing music like “Don’t Treatment.” He was raised in the centre East due to his archaeologist dad. He was positioned the fifth most significant drummer ever by Rolling Rock magazine’s audience poll this year 2010. He wedded Sonja Kristina on July 16, 1982; after their divorce in 1991, he remarried Fiona Dent in 1993. He composed the rating for the Oscar-nominated Oliver Rock film Wall Road.
Full Name Stewart Copeland
Date Of Birth July 16, 1952
Place Of Birth Alexandria, VA
Height 1.87 m
Education Millfield, American Community School at Beirut, Alliant International University, University of California, Berkeley, Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle
Spouse Fiona Copeland, Sonja Kristina, Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle
Children Jordan Copeland, Eve Copeland, Scott Copeland, Celeste Copeland, Grace Copeland, Sven Copeland, Patrick Copeland, Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle
Parents Miles Copeland Jr., Lorraine Copeland, Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle
Siblings Miles Copeland III, Ian Copeland, Lennie Copeland, Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition - Series (Original Dramatic Score), Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle
Movies Rumble Fish, Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, Wall Street, She's All That, Four Days in September, Talk Radio, Good Burger, Gridlock'd, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Surviving The Game, I Am David, Silent Fall, Fresh, Raining Stones, Highlander II: The Quickening, She's Having a Baby, Out of Bounds, Simpatico, West Beirut, Taking Care of Business, The First Power, Babylon 5: The Gathering, Sunset Strip, Pecker, Very Bad Things, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, The Pallbearer, Wide Sargasso Sea, Deuces Wild, Rapa-Nui, Boys and Girls, Men at Work, On the Line, Skipped Parts, Futuresport, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Made Men, National Lampoon's Pucked, More Dogs Than Bones, Hidden Agenda, Riff-Raff, Airborne, Afterburn, Bank Robber, White Dwarf, Strapped, Love Wrecked, Boys, Tyson, Legalese, The Assassination File
Star Sign Cancer
He is recognized as a virtuoso on the hi-hat. For this reason, Peter Gabriel recruited him to play the hi-hat on his 1986 song "Red Rain". Copeland is the first musician heard on the record.
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)
Dead Like Me (2003)
Golden Globes, USA
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Rumble Fish (1983)
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I have the most enormous gong in the world; it's bigger than Neil Peart's, and it's bigger than John Bonham's. If Neil has a revolving kit, then I have a bigger gong. I play other instruments as well, mind you, but drums are my main thing.
I didn't say I was religious. I'm a big fan of the Old Testament and the perfidy it contains. I read very little fiction.
[in 1980] We've broken all existing records as far back as The Beatles, at this point, in terms of speed of record sales, the kind of hysteria. There hasn't been such a clear lead for one group, ahead of all the rest. The last group who had a clear lead were Queen, but we're bigger now than Queen were then. We're probably bigger than Led Zeppelin too, because they never had any teen appeal or hysteria. I suppose the Bay City Rollers had hysteria, but they didn't have any music.
I have great respect for rap artists. In fact, not for the rap artists, but the people who make the music over which they rap. Rap music - the music itself is incredible - but [the people that make the music] are hardly ever credited. The guy who gets the credit, whose picture is on the album cover, is the guy who's making the unpleasant noise with stupid lyrics that don't mean anything to me. But the music underneath it is really important and really creative. Those guys never seem to be credited.
In our day, we were The Beatles of the '70s or the '80s or whichever...and we were the biggest thing since whatever and then six months after we broke up, Duran Duran were the biggest. After that, somebody else was and, six months ago, Oasis were the biggest. Now the Spice Girls are. So it's kind of hard to take any of that seriously.
The film composer has the widest skill set of any musician because he has to go to places that his instincts wouldn't take him. I learned all kinds of useful stuff that I now apply to my own artistic vision.
I was not a big fan of opera. I didn't really "get" the first few I saw until I saw a David Hockney production of "Tristan". That was en education as to what it's all about with opera: the power, the majesty, the kick-ass of a big orchestra and a big story.
I am a crusader, educating musicians who have the depth of talent for large-scale enterprises. I encourage them. It's really a lot of fun. It's magnificent when you hear the orchestra pump it out. Learning to score a chart is easier than learning French. There are fewer words and, being musicians, the people I'm talking about already have that covered.
When I was a film composer under a deadline those instruments would gather dust. And any time I spent hooting away on my bass clarinet just for the fun of it felt like time wasted. Then I came to the realization that it's not goofing off, that's what I'm here for.
Classical music was always going through my head. Even when I listened to Hendrix [Jimi Hendrix] I imagined strings around him. I was never into opera, though. I had a problem with the singers. That exaggerated vibrato. It obscures the melody. Then I saw Wagner [Richard Wagner]'s "Parsifal" and I got it - overwrought dramatic subjects and overwrought dramatic music sobbing with emotion. When the opportunity to write one came, I thought, "There's nothing wrong with opera that a good opera wouldn't fix".
Smile my friends, in show-biz you have to take the rough with the smooth.
Virtuoso technique on the hi-hat
Plays drums utilizing the traditional grip, where the right hand uses an overhand grip of one drumstick, while the left hand uses an underhand grip of the other stick. This is a rarity among rock drummers, almost all of whom use match grip, or an overhand grip on both sticks.
Ever-present suede leather gloves when playing his drums