|Thu May 25 2006 |
IAN COPELAND DIES
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Ian Copeland, brother of Miles and Stewart Copeland, who helped the Police and other new wave and punk bands break into the U. S. music scene by stitching together a club circuit that the bands could play, has died. He was 57. Copeland died Tuesday of melanoma at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced.
Our sincere condolensces to the Copeland family. More recently, he was the principal owner of Ian Copeland's Backstage Cafe in Beverly Hills, where top musicians have been known to jam. He was once considered the least famous of the Copeland brothers. One brother, Stewart, was the drummer with the Police, while another, Miles, ran I.R.S. Records, the indie label that produced and managed R.E.M., the Go-Go's and Wall of Voodoo.
Born April 25, 1949, in Damascus, Syria, Copeland was the son of Miles Copeland Jr., a U.S. intelligence officer, and Lorraine, a Scottish-born archeologist. Much of his childhood was spent traveling in the Middle East.
After teenage years that were admittedly inauspicious -Copeland fell in with a motorcycle gang given to petty crime- he joined the Army in 1967 and served with distinction in Vietnam.
He was a divorced father of two daughters, Chandra and Barbara, who survive him. In addition to his brothers, he is survived by his mother, and a sister, Lennie.
Posted on May 25, 06 | 5:49 pm
I didn't even know that he was sick. My prayers go out to the Copeland clan.
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