February 28, 1989 |
In a bizarre sideshow to the international furor surrounding Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses," KFI-AM (640) told morning talk show host Geoff Edwards not to report for work Monday, suspending him indefinitely in a feud over another KFI host's reaction to the controversy. Edwards' 9 a.m.-noon talk show was hosted instead by Tom Leykis, the KFI afternoon host whose plans to burn the recordings of former rock star Cat Stevens sparked the turmoil at the station.
March 6, 1989 |
Radio personality Geoff Edwards has left KFI-AM (640) a week after turmoil broke out at the station over his refusal to promote another talk-show host's planned destruction of the recordings of Cat Stevens. The destruction was intended as a protest against the former rock star's reported endorsement of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's death sentence against "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie. Edwards, who until his suspension last Monday hosted a daily 9 a.m.
September 30, 2004
Re "Something Bad Has Begun," Commentary, Sept. 28: I was surprised that The Times made so much of its precious space available for Yusuf Islam's (Cat Stevens) lengthy diatribe, one which made him seem like a peace-loving angel. No matter how much he protests a well-deserved image as a Muslim zealot, he cannot ever evade reality. And that reality is that, in 1989 when the Iranian clergy put a bounty on Salman Rushdie's head, Islam vocally endorsed it. If there is anything at all pure about Islam, it is the purity of his shameless hypocrisy!
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.
September 23, 2004 |
Yusuf Islam, known as singer Cat Stevens during the 1960s and 1970s, was deported to Britain on Wednesday evening after he was refused entry to the United States because of what authorities termed "activities that could potentially be related to terrorism." The United Airlines flight on which Islam was traveling Tuesday from London to Washington was diverted to Bangor, Maine, after it was discovered that he was aboard. Islam was removed from the flight, which continued on to Washington.
April 11, 2014 |
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The man formerly known as Cat Stevens quietly walked on stage at the Barclays Center arena to be honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 induction ceremony. Now known as Yusuf, the singer-songwriter of 1970s folk-rock hits such as "Wild World" and "Moonshadow" converted to Islam and turned his back on pop music stardom at the end of the decade. Thursday during the ceremony, Yusuf re-entered that fray after being introduced by Art Garfunkel. PHOTOS: Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 The 65-year-old, dressed in a crisp gray suit over a yellow T-shirt, drew surprised laughs from the crowd when he thanked Rock Hall voters for electing "someone who doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't throw television sets out of hotel rooms and only sleeps with his wife....
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
April 3, 2011 |
At a time when teachers and their unions are under fire across the nation, my eldest daughter just had a much-anticipated interview with Teach for America. She will graduate from college in May and hopes to be a teacher in the fall. She was worried that I'd be disappointed she didn't feel a desire for graduate school. But I was thrilled. Since graduating from college in 1984, I've taught GED courses, English as a second language, composition at a city college and now writing and literature at a public university.
April 7, 2014 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones' early manager, producer and publicist who is being inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has announced that he will skip the ceremony. “I think those people basically hijacked the name 'rock 'n' roll,'” Oldham told an audience during a talk in March at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. “I won't be there. I'll tell you why.... It's a television show.