Leadership Lessons: Cat Stevens

Yusef Islam, rocker

“I’m not happy about the part of entering the [Rock and Roll] Hall of Fame that means I’m entering history.  What I’m happy about is that I’m bursting with music — my new album is very bluesy, actually.  I’m singing again because it’s the best way to communicate without politics, without all this mess!”  He gestured toward the window, beyond which lay all his past incarnations and impediments. “And because your identity is the thing you never stop becoming.”

Yusef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, in The New Yorker (interviewed by Tad Friend)

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