Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Author Argues Beatles First Pop Stars To Re-Connect Music With African Religions

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Steve Turner, author of a new book about the religious background of The Beatles’ music, says the Fab Four had as much in common with Africa as they did American music.

Turner has just published The Gospel According To The Beatles (Westminster John Knox Press), in which he argues that the spiritual messages behind the Beatles music have as much to do with “the African religious figures like the shaman” as they do the gospel-derived blues of America’s Mississippi delta.

In Turner’s words: “The Beatles were the first Western pop stars to try and connect religious rites and storytelling in the manner of African religions.”

He adds: “After them, you had more obvious artists, like Jim Morrison of the Doors, who called himself an ‘electric shaman.”’

Turner is lecturing Saturday (Aug. 12) and Sunday (Aug. 13) at the Beatles Fest convention in Chicago.

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