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 prompted each person from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. In his first e-book, acclaimed rock musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh reveals the album's interesting 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 e-book 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 exhibit (one episode required units, every one tuned to another channel) to the mystically vulnerable proprietor of radio station WBCN, who believed he was once the reincarnation of a scientist from Atlantis. such a lot penetratingly robust of all is Mel Lyman, the folk-music famous person who determined he was once God, then managed the lives of his many fans through acid, astrology, and an underground newspaper known as Avatar.
A enthralling workforce 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 reveal through Tony Curtis; Howard Zinn testifies for Avatar within the court docket. From life-changing concert events and chilling crimes, to acid experiments and hippie marketers, Astral Weeks is the key, wild background of a distinct time and place.
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