Miles Copeland III

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Miles Copeland III
Basic information
Birth name: Miles Axe Copeland
Birth date: May 2, 1944
Origin: born in London, England, UK
Occupation(s): Manager, Producer
Associated acts: The Police, Wishbone Ash, Climax Blues Band, Renaissance, Joan Armatrading, Curved Air, Squeeze
Official website: OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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Miles was born in London, England to Miles Copeland, Jr., a CIA officer from Birmingham, Alabama, and Lorraine Adie, who was in British Military intelligence. Due to Miles Jr.'s profession, the family moved throughout the Middle East, in particular Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon. As a result, Miles and his brothers Ian and Stewart became fluent in Arabic.

Miles began attending college at Birmingham-Southern College in 1962. He graduated with a B.A. degree in 1966 and attended the American University of Beirut, where he earned his M.A. in Economics by 1969. By then, he had already promoted his first concert. Moving back to England, Miles became involved in the music industry, focusing on promotion and management of several bands. His first major success was with Wishbone Ash.

In 1974, he founded the management agency and record label BTM (for British Talent Management), and signed a number of progressive rock acts such as Renaissance and his brother Stewart's band Curved Air. In the summer of 1975, he organised a multi-band tour of European music festivals, Startruckin', which featured several BTM bands as well as Soft Machine, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Lou Reed. But Reed's failure to appear at any of the shows and a litany of logistical issues resulted in significant losses. In 1976, BTM closed down.

The failure of BTM coincided with the beginnings of the Punk/New Wave movement in the UK, and led him to help start Illegal Records, Deptford Fun City Records, Bristol Record Labels and sign The Cortinas to Step Forward Records in 1977.

Miles would be instrumental in getting his brother Stewart's band, The Police, signed to a major record deal. Miles also managed Squeeze.

Next Miles created I.R.S. Records through a deal with A&M Records. He signed Gary Numan and the groups The Alarm, The Go-Go's and R.E.M. Miles managed Sting, another member of The Police, for many years.

Reaching beyond the music branch of entertainment, Miles became involved in music videos, feature films, and other multimedia projects. He later became interested in world music genres and focused some of his products and attention on exposure of it.

Miles married Adriana Corajoria, an artist and model from Argentina, in 1989. Together, they had three children: Miles Axe IV, Aeson Armstrong, and Axton Emerson.

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