Friday, May 26, 2006

IRS Agent Dies; Music Industry Mourns


Ian Copeland, the pioneering booking agent and music promoter, has died at age 57. Copeland succumbed to melanoma on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles where he was surrounded by family members, his publicist said.

Ian Copeland was instrumental in launching the "New Wave" movement of the late 1970's and early 1980's. His booking agency, F.B.I., and record label, I.R.S., focused on artists outside the mainstream Rock scene.

Copeland boosted the careers of New Wave stalwarts like The Police, The B-52's, R.E.M, Adam Ant, The Bangles, Nine Inch Nails, The Go-Go's, UB40, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Oingo Boingo, The Dead Kennedys, The Cure, Wall of Voodoo, General Public, The Smiths, Sting, The Thompson Twins, Squeeze and The Fixx.

Copeland and I.R.S. Records are responsible for helping create the "alternative music" genre that has become so popular today.

Miles Copeland said in a statement, “I am sorry to announce that my brother Ian passed from us last night at 11:20 PM. He was with his two daughters and later we all joined him. It is hard to believe but he had an exciting life and was grateful for it. He was also grateful for all the friendship shown to him over the past few months from so many people. He was much loved by so many. He will be greatly missed.”

Younger brother Stewart Copeland, a founder and drummer of The Police, told Billboard,"I was the luckiest kid brother in the world."

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