September 28, 2004 |
Iwas flying to Nashville last week with my 21-year-old daughter to explore some new musical ideas with a record label there. Ironically, I was trying to remain low-profile because of the speculation that it might have raised in the music world about a return of "the Cat." Media attention was the last thing I wanted. But it seems God wanted otherwise. Toward the end of our journey from London to Washington, the plane was diverted. The captain announced something about "heavy traffic."
May 3, 2009 |
Cat Stevens, one of the superstars of the sensitive singer-songwriter movement, experienced a spiritual epiphany some three decades ago that led him to turn his back on rock 'n' roll and embark on one of the most radical personal reinventions in recent pop music history. He reemerged as a devout Muslim who called himself Yusuf Islam and went a couple of decades without so much as touching a guitar.
March 11, 1989
A quote from a Cat Stevens song: I listen to the wind / To the wind of my soul / Where I end up / Where I think / Only God really knows. JOHN RUSSELL Costa Mesa
September 10, 2011 |
The terrorist attacks that shocked the nation 10 years ago today devastated few industries as much as the airline business. In the decade that followed, U.S. air carriers have been battered by a sharp drop in demand, soaring fuel prices, wars, an outbreak of the deadly SARS virus and a stinging recession — forces that have led to billions of dollars in industry losses. Taxpayers and passengers have also had to pay in cash, delays and frustration: Air passengers shell out $1.8 billion annually in new airline fees to help fund $57 billion in airport security improvements mandated by the federal government over the last decade.
October 15, 2013 |
Just two months after Linda Ronstadt went public with the news that she can no longer sing because of Parkinson's disease, she's made the final nominations list for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Yes, LL Cool J and the Replacements. The remainder of the 16 acts that made the ballot that will go to Rock Hall voters are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Hall and Oates, KISS, N.W.A., the Meters, Link Wray and the Zombies.
July 4, 1992
Hypocrite-of-the-Month award goes to KFI talk jock Tom Leykis for giving away "Body Count" albums containing the "Cop Killer" song to show his loathing for anything vaguely resembling censorship ("A 'Killer' Plan," Morning Report, June 26). Several years ago, Leykis first tried to burn, then rolled a steamroller over a huge mound of Cat Stevens albums because Stevens, a Muslim convert, called for the death of Salman Rushdie. Guess it depends on who's threatening whom, huh, Tom?
October 16, 2013 |
Elvis Presley's camp once famously argued that “50,000,000 fans can't be wrong.” And although fans can weigh in on which artists they think should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, their preferences -- in the words of another great American pop culture icon -- "won't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. " That's because whichever five of the 16 just-announced nominees receive the most fan votes at www.rockhall.org , whether it's 50,000 or 50 million, it will generate just a single additional vote for each artist to be tallied with the other 600 cast by voting members of the rock hall.