|Senior Scholastic, for those who have never heard
of this particular magazine. Senior Scholastic was an educational magazine which was
handed out to students in American High Schools, through out the 1970's. I still
remember the excitement of reading a Cat Stevens article from a somewhat boring school
magazine. He was featured at least 3 times during the years 1972 - 1973.
March 12, 1973
It takes some
singers years to become stars. Others make it to the top overnight. Cat Stevens
career is unusual. At age 24, he has made it to the. top not once, but twice! He was a
rock star at age 17. His success lasted about a year. Then he disappeared. At 19, he came
back. Four albums later, he is a superstar.
- Q&A Quiz
What happened in between?
Cat became very sick. He was told to go into a hospital, or else he would die.
In tbe hospital, Cat had
plenty of time to think. He had had two big hits, "Matthew and Son" and "I
Love My Dog." He had written both songs. But he didnt like the way they were
recorded. They were done with big orchestras. Cats style is simpler and quieter. So
he started writing new songs in the hospital.
The result was an album
called Mona Bone Jakon. On this album, no one told him what to do. He did what he
wanted. This album and his next three made him a star again.
Cat Steven's father is
Greek. This shows up in Cats latest album, Catch Bull at Four. Here he uses
the rhythms and, sounds of Greek music. Greek music is rare in rock, but Cat makes it
Most of his songs are
quiet. They are more like folk than rock. But he can "rock n roll,"
as well. His hit "Peace Train" has a strong rock beat.
Cat is a talented writer,
as well as singer. Often he uses unusual word pictures. Take "I am walking in a moon
shadow." The word "moon" is not unusual. Nor is the word
"shadow." But together, they create a mood of strange magic.
Cat Stevens used to be a
painter. Maybe thats why he can paint such striking pictures with his songs.
sentences by writing the letter of the answer in each space.
A. Cause and Effect
1. After becoming
a star at 17, Cat Stevens "disappeared," because he ________________
- a. didn't like his earlier records
- b. didn't like people telling him how to
produce his records
- c. didnt like rock n roll
- d. became very sick
Bone Jakon is___________
- a. Cats first album
- b. Cats Latest album
- c. the album he made after he left the
- d. an album with a strong rock beat
C. Main Idea
3. The best title for this article
- a. The Early Career of Cat Stevens
- b. The Unusual Career of Cat Stevens
- c. Cat Stevens Greek Sound
- d. What Is Cat Stevens Really Like?
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