Essay On Cat Stevens

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Steven Demetre Georgiou AKA Cat Stevens AKA Yusuf Islam a British singer and songwriter was born in July 21, 1948 in Marylebone, London, England. Cat Stevens was one of the best musicians in the 70’s. This musician gave up everything he had for Islam and the belief in god. Cat Stevens wasn’t only a musician he was also a multi instrumentalist, humanitarian and education philanthropist. He actually wrote a children’s book called “teaser and the fire cat”. Cat Stevens was the third child, he had a Greek father and a Swedish mother. He had an older sister (Anita) and a brother (David). His family lived above the Moulin Rouge restaurant that his parents owned on the north end of Shaftesbury Avenue that was a short walk from Piccadilly Circus in the Soho Theater in London. All of his family members worked in the restaurant. His parents got divorced when he was about eight years old, but they continued to take care of the family restaurant and live above it. His father was an Orthodox and his mother a Baptist but he was sent to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Primary School because it was closer to his fathers business on Drury lane. Georgiou got interested in pianos at a young age, and then he started using the family piano to work out the chords. No one else there played good enough to teach him. He was inspired by the popularity of The Beatles when he was fifteen. Then he got interested to the guitar, he begged his father to pay eight pounds for his first instrument, and began playing it and writing songs. He would run away sometimes from his family to the rooftop above their home. He used to listen to the tunes of the music around the corner. It was his dream to become a singer. Georgiou began to perform his songs in London coffe... ... middle of paper ... ... he regrets doing in his life are drugs, teenage pregnancies, and lack of respect. In 2001 Cat Stevens refused to put his song in a movie just because the movie had sexual references. In conclusion I think that Cat Stevens is an amazing person that did a lot in his life. He is a person that likes world peace. He is a man of his word, when he said “god if you help me I will work for you” he really did do it he started looking for this specific religion.Cat Stevens was one of the great singer-songwriters of the 70s, A gifted protest singer, peace activist and environmentalist, Brought a sense of spirituality and religious questing to the soft-rock genre, One of the rock world's more prominent philanthropists, The first major pop music figure to convert to Islam, Also a gifted visual artist and children's book author, and one of the era's most-covered songwriters.”
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