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Cat Stevens Music Posters Gifts

Updated on February 19, 2015

Introducing Cat Stevens Music Posters

Cat Stevens, a talented contemporary singer-songwriter has long been a favorite of mine. When I was immersed in a long lasting family crisis a friend gave me a tape of songs that he thought might bring me some relief.

I was immediately captivated and spent many a long hour in my car driving the 110 miles each way to the hospital and back to my college home. The lyrics grabbed my attention and sent me on imaginative mental journeys, far from the medical matter.

Until that time I'd never heard songs about Pooh and Tigger, but they became dependable companions, driving my mountain highways with me and beckoning me to concentrate on the beautiful weekend mornings to come.

I've selected favorite posters of this singing star. Hope you like them too.

photo credit: Tape Cassette

The Song Star's Brief History

His parentage is Swedish and Greek Cypriot. He began entertaining under his birth name, and under his first stage name of Steve Adams.

He settled on Cat Stevens for the majority of his adult life, until he retired from music following his conversion to Islam. Cat Stevens adopted the Muslim name Yusuf Islam, and he further refined it to just Yusuf, as videos at the bottom of the page will show.

During childhood his parents ran a restaurant called Moulin Rouge in northern London, where he joined the rest of the family in working. His mother took him with her to her native country of Sweden, where he attended elementary school for a while.

Back in England later on he attended art school and studied art at London's Hammersmith School of Art. Then his heart landed on writing, singing and performing music, which has continued to flourish to this day, and beyond designing early album covers he let his interest in drawing slide.

At first he experimented by playing in a band in pubs and coffeehouses. Eventually he settled on going it solo.Luckily for him, his family home contained a baby grand piano, on which he experimented with chords, as a young kid. From piano to guitar was a natural step when the Beatles came to this attention, and with his first guitar in hand at age fifteen, he began writing songs.

It was also convenient for his development that the family home was nearly next door to the hub of the British Music industry. He could actually hear this music from his favorite rooftop perch. At first he experimented by playing in a band in pubs and coffeehouses. Eventually he settled on going it solo.

Cat Stevens Voice a Match for Folk Music

and he, a perfect buddy for guitarist Alun Davies

Angst, such from as his parents' divorce when he was only eight years old, separation from family when he was uprooted and transplanted to Sweden.

Complications could have set him back, but he mined them for significance: a new school, and short-lived stay, his return to London and soon after launching his career, a bout with tuberculosis.

Each instance, of what could have been impediments to success, instead fertilized his new-found message of seeking, at the height of the new folk movement.

Cat Stevens was paired by his producer with Alun Davies, another guitarist with whom he partnered until his early retirement, and then again when he returned to perform under his adopted name, Yusuf Islam.

Alun Davies album available from amazon.com

Cat Stevens' Early Video Presentation - black & white, with scratches and all

Stevens Joins Other 60s Pop Performers - on Beat Beat Beat! just a second or two shot of him

Footsteps in the Dark - first video with finger picking

Footsteps in the Dark Poster - 24" x 36"

Stevens's Matthew & Son - video cuts in and out with family shots

Poster Portrait - Cat Stevens - 24" x 36"

This is a truly exceptional item - printed on genuine photographic paper - will be the highlight of your poster collection.

Cat Stevens' Father, from Back to Earth

An Other Cup - Yusuf Music Poster - 15" x 12"

CAT STEVENS - Yusuf - An Other Cup Mini Poster - 28.5x21cm
CAT STEVENS - Yusuf - An Other Cup Mini Poster - 28.5x21cm

This wistful poster sets a contemplative mood, a space for deep thoughts.

 

Yusuf Music Roadslinger Promo

Is Cat Stevens a Favorite Of Yours too?

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I have loved the music of Cat Stevens since first discovering it during my college years. I did not know about this new recording. Thank you for introducing me to it. Looking forward to the listening journey. Really enjoyed learning more about Cat... Steven... Yusuf.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      We have Cat Stevens Greatest Hits and love blasting it in the car.

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I loved the story that he was refused entry to the US due to his faith. They asked where he was staying and he told them (I think) with Dolly Parton. Luckily they were smart enough to check his story which was true. They eventually let him in. He's a legend.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I listened to Cat Stevens in the seventies. He looks old now, which means I'm old, too! Nice job on this lens.

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      pcgamehardware 4 years ago

      A great lens for all Cat Stevens fans... thanks for sharing. :)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I was just singing some Cat Stevens songs the other day! Father & Son is one of my faves.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I'd forgotten about so much of this - thanks for the memories!

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