Police drummer Stewart Copeland shares rare archive of the band

Stewart Copeland also announces the release of an illustrated book, Stewart Copeland’s The Police Diarieswhich will tell the story of the band, with never-before-seen photos and demos recorded at home on cassettes at the time.

“Clown’s Revenge” was recorded in a storeroom on July 14, 1976 in Barnes, where Stewart Copeland lived, with his brother Ian and Sonja Kristina.

“For Curved Air I had an old Yamaha Leslie cabinet with reverb and recorded on Florian’s Revox A77 tape recorder, which I ended up buying from him. lightning guitar and being Eric Clapton recording my solo with the tape at half speed,” he explains.

“When we moved to Mayfair and punk broke out, Ian wrote this lyric and sang it into my trusty Shure m57 microphone. The song had long since disappeared from The Police setlists when Andy joined, but the real miracle was that when Sting arrived in London, it was with this song and other crude renditions that I managed to persuade him to join my band. And he said yes!”

Stewart Copeland’s The Police Diaries will be released via Rocket 88 Books in fall 2023.

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