Why I Still Carry a Guitar: My Spiritual Journey from Cat Stevens to Yusuf

9780062406231: Why I Still Carry a Guitar: My Spiritual Journey from Cat Stevens to Yusuf

The internationally celebrated folk singer and philanthropist chronicles his profound personal and spiritual odyssey and reveals why he has taken up his guitar once again.

In 1970, Cat Stevens rocketed to fame with his Top 10 Billboard album, Tea for the Tillerman. Less than a decade later, this beloved artist had converted to Islam, changed his name, auctioned off his guitars, and embraced a life of spirituality and charity. Now, more than thirty years later, the famously reclusive singer and songwriter has taken center stage again to share the gripping and often moving story of his personal journey and deliver a powerful message of peace.

Dispelling the myths that have long surrounded his actions, Yusuf Islam recalls his transformation from a boy experiencing the dizzying heights of superstardom to a man defined by his Muslim faith who chose to give up his musical career. He speaks poignantly about Islam and what it means in the world today, and shares the hopes that have propelled his return to music.

Wise and illuminating, as compelling and thoughtful as his finest songs, Why I Still Carry a Guitar is an inspiring story of an extraordinary leader who transcends the East-West divide; a man brave enough to take a leap of faith—and the difference it has made to his life and the world.

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