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.
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December 14, 2012 |
A&M Records spent much of the 1960s, '70s and '80s as one of the leading independent labels in the music business, buoyed by a remarkably consistent string of hits from superstar acts, beginning with label co-founder Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and continuing through the Carpenters, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, the Police, Sting, the Go-Go's, Janet Jackson, Bryan Adams and many others. The one thing they had in common: Most weren't superstars when they came to A&M. "We don't sign big names," Gil Friesen, the longtime president of the label founded in 1962 by Alpert and business partner Jerry Moss, told Forbes in 1988.
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
December 16, 2013 |
In the same year that Linda Ronstadt told the world she could no longer sing a note because of Parkinson's disease, she has been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a possibility that she recently told the Los Angeles Times she'd never "given a second thought to. " Ronstadt, 67, is one of six new members who will be formally inducted next year, along with Peter Gabriel, KISS, Hall and Oates, Nirvana and Cat Stevens. Acts that made the final ballot but did not make the cut for induction are Yes, N.W.A, Chic, the Meters, Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, LL Cool J, the Replacements, 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?