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April 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Linda Ronstadt doesn't quite get what all the fuss is about. On Thursday she's being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an institution created three decades ago to extend formal recognition to the most influential artists in pop music history. Still, she's hard pressed to muster any real enthusiasm regarding the honor. "It's nice," she said apprehensively from her home in the Bay Area, then sheepishly explained. PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners "It's just something I never gave one thought to," she said.
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 | Yusuf Islam, Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, was deported to Britain last week after being refused entry into the United States.
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 | Randy Lewis
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 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
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 | By Randy Lewis
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
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