Stewart copeland

Stewart Armstrong Copeland ( Alexandria , Virginia , July 16, 1952 ) is an American musician , composer and multi-instrumentalist , known for being one of the original members of the British rock trio The Police .

He is widely regarded as one of the best and most influential rock drummers of all time. His way of playing the instrument influenced famous drummers such as Joey Jordison , Travis Barker , Chad Smith , Taylor Hawkins , Marco Minnemann , Alex González , among others.

Despite being left-handed, Copeland plays drums like a right-handed drummer. During his years with The Police, he became known for playing only the hi hat with kick drum to keep the beat on many tracks. He is a master of syncopated rhythm; No other rock drummer has performed the hi hat as brilliantly as he has. In addition, he is a pioneer in the use of splash cymbals and octoban drums .

In January 2011, Stewart Copeland was voted the second best drummer in the history of the rock , according to the list of the 10 most prominent drummers, drawn up by the music magazine Q .


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  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Musical composition
  • 3 Work as an actor
  • 4 Sources


Stewart Armstrong Copeland was born on July 16, 1952, in Alexandria , Virginia . The youngest of four brothers and son of Miles Copeland Jr., a former CIA agent , and also a trumpeter for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Lorraine Adie, an archaeologist.

Stewart Copeland began playing drums at the age of 8, performing his first show at 12, as a drummer for The Nomads, at the American Beach Club in Beirut, Lebanon. Previously, Stewart was the drummer for various progressive rock groups between the late ’60s and early’ 70s, with his time at Curved Air between 1975 and 1976 being most remembered .

Founding member of The Police, alongside Sting and Henri Padovani (later replaced by Andy Summers ). As an alternative to his stay at The Police, he edited several EP’s under the pseudonym Klark Kent , and later The Police formed part of groups such as “Animal Logic” or the most recent “Oysterhead”, together with the bassist and singer of “Primus”, Les Claypool and “Phish” guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio.

Musical composition

He has worked as a composer on the following films:

  • The Law of the Street , Rumble Fish( 1983 ), by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Marc Sanchez. (1985).
  • Out of limits. (1986) Out of Bounds. By Richard Tuggle
  • Wall Street , ( 1987 ) Wall Street, by Oliver Stone .
  • Crazy adventure of marriage, (1988) She’s Having a Baby. By John Hughes
  • Talking to death. (1989) Talk Radio. By Oliver Stone
  • Don’t yell at me that I don’t see you. (1989) See No Evil, Hear No Evil. By Arthur Hiller
  • Instant millionaire. (1990) Taking Care of Business. By Arthur Hiller
  • Riff Raff . (1990) Riff-Raff. By Ken Loach
  • Two nuts and a stiff. (1990) Men at Work. By Emilio Estévez
  • Hidden agenda. (1990) Hidden Agenda. By Ken Loach
  • Devil’s night, (1990) The First Power. By Robert Resnikoff
  • Immortals II, Los. (1991) Highlander II: The Quickening. By Russell Mulcahy
  • In flight. (1993) Airborne. By Rob Bowman
  • Great Sargasso Sea, El. (1993) Wide Sargasso Sea. By John Duigan
  • Bank thief. (1993) Bank Robber. By Nick Mead
  • Raining stones. (1993) Raining Stones. By Ken Loach
  • Survival game. (1994) Surviving the Game. By Ernest R. Dickerson
  • (1994) Fresh. By Boaz Yakin
  • (1994) Decadence. By Steven Berkoff
  • Witness in silence, Un. (1994) Silent Fall. By Bruce Beresford
  • Rapa Nui. (1994) Rapa Nui. By Kevin Reynolds
  • (1995) Boys. By Stacy Cochran
  • My unknown friend. (1996) The Pallbearer. By Matt Reeves
  • Classified file. (1996) The Assassination File. By John Harrison
  • Good Burger. (1997) Good Burger. By Brian Robbins
  • Little Boy Blue. (1997) Little Boy Blue. By Antonio Tibaldi
  • (1997) Gridlock’d. By Vondie Curtis-Hall
  • West Beirut. (1998) West Beyrouth. By Ziad Doueiri
  • (1998) Pecker. By John Waters
  • Very Bad Things. (1998) Very Bad Things. By Peter Berg
  • Newbie case, Un. (1998) Legalese. By Glenn Jordan
  • (1998) Futuresport. By Ernest R. Dickerson
  • Pelham one, two, three. (1998) The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. By Mikel Enríquez Calvo
  • Someone like You. (1999) She’s All That. By Robert Iscove
  • Tough guys. (1999) Made Men. By Louis Morneau
  • El Show de Amanda (1999) The Amanda show Theme Song. By Dan Shneider
  • Teen dreams. (2000) Skipped Parts. By Tamra Davis
  • Boys and girls. (2000) Boys and Girls. By Robert Iscove
  • Sunset Strip. (2000) Sunset Strip. By Adam Collis
  • Wild youth. (2002) Deuces Wild. Scott Kalvert

He also wrote the musical composition of the video game sequel Spyro 1, 2 and 3 for the PlayStation and Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly for the PlayStation 2.

Work as an actor

He has worked as an actor in the following film:

  • The Filth and the Fury(2000) by Julien Templ
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