Stewart Copeland is writing a memoir based on his diary entries that will focus on The Police‘s “starving years.” The book is set to release in early 2022.
Copeland has documented the band’s early years in his diaries, which even includes a reminder to get the phone number of the bass player for the band Last Exit.
“Night off in Newcastle, saw a band called Last Exit. The bass player was great. Get his number,” Copeland wrote.
The Last Exit bassist turned out to be Police frontman Sting.
“I look back and there’s this kind of desperation,” Copeland told Ultimate Classic Rock. “At the time, I remember being full of angst and driven but optimistic – assuming, ‘I know I’m going to make it. We’re going to make it. I know we’re going to make it.’ Which is what every band thinks, or else they go and find a different band.”
“None of these efforts, none of this diligence, none of this drive – it all meant nothing until Sting wrote ‘Born in the ’50s’ and then ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Can’t Stand Losing You,’ and the rest of them,” the drummer added.
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