Lost and Looking

| April 9, 2001

Lost and Looking, Stephan Talty, Killing the Buddha
'Cupid, draw back your bow, and let your arrow go--straight to my lover's heart.' When Sam Cooke took a bullet while sitting in the front seat of his red Ferrari, it put an arrow through the heart of more than just his career and image. So explains writer Steven Talty as he examines the life, art, and death of silky-voiced soul singer Sam Cooke. Talty likens the crossover ability of Cooke's pop career to that of the better-known Elvis Presley. Cooke was a young black man who struck out from his straight gospel roots and achieved success with mixed audiences in much the same way that Elvis brought his love of gospel and blues to young white kids by crossing lines that were culturally forbidden in the 50's. Cooke's death marked a turning point in the 60's, Talty infers, from which black music couldn't recover -- the death of pop innocence.
--Al Paulson
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