Police drummer Stewart Copeland doesn't want to make his new book, "Strange Things Happen: A Life With the Police, Polo, and Pygmies" (HarperStudio) a conventional autobiography. "It really isn't because of all the stuff I left out, the boring stuff -- I was born here, then I moved there, then I went to this school, then that school...Who cares?" Copeland tells Billboard.com. "These are war stories."
Many of those, not surprisingly, come from his days with the Police, though Copeland acknowledges that "the eight years of Police supremacy back in the day (i.e., the 80s) get a little bit of short shrift." But that, he adds, was by design. "The first part (of the Police), I told that story with my movie ("Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out"). Sting and Andy (Summers) both wrote books about it and covered it very well, I thought," he explains. "But the last third of my book is all about the reunion tour, which, unlike the first eight years, is untold."
Copeland adds that he hopes "Strange Things Happen" also portrays what he feels is a more insightful and accurate view of the famous volatility that is part of the Police's legend.