RIP Ian Copeland

May 28, 2006

{Ian Copeland, 57; Booking Agent for New Wave, Punk Bands, Including the Police – Los Angeles Times } – “Ian Copeland, a booking agent 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. “

Sad loss for the music industry, very interesting character. Grew up being the son of a CIA agent and exposed to live as a world traveler. He also took serious ballbusting to the extreme to get IRS as one of the top alternative labels in the 1980’s. I remember that when REM moved to Warner in ’89, a lot of people accused them of abandoning their roots and selling out. IRS was a stepping stone for greater things.