By Ryan H. Walsh
Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and encouraged all people from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. In his first ebook, acclaimed rock musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh reveals the album's attention-grabbing backstory--along with the untold secrets and techniques of the time and position that birthed it: Boston 1968.
On the fiftieth anniversary of that tumultuous 12 months, Walsh's publication follows a criss-crossing forged of musicians and visionaries, artists and "hippie entrepreneurs," from a tender Tufts English professor who walks right into a activity as a number for TV's wildest express (one episode required units, every one tuned to another channel) to the mystically vulnerable proprietor of radio station WBCN, who believed he used to be the reincarnation of a scientist from Atlantis. so much penetratingly robust of all is Mel Lyman, the folk-music superstar who determined he used to be God, then managed the lives of his many fans through acid, astrology, and an underground newspaper referred to as Avatar.
A captivating crew of boldface names pops to existence in Astral Weeks: James Brown quells tensions the evening after Martin Luther King is assassinated; the real-life crimes of the Boston Strangler come to the motion picture display through Tony Curtis; Howard Zinn testifies for Avatar within the court. From life-changing live shows and chilling crimes, to acid experiments and hippie marketers, Astral Weeks is the key, wild heritage of a special time and place.
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