The Curious Rock Career of L Ron Hubbard, the Ultimate Cult Musician (re Scientology)

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Slate: The Curious Rock Career of L. Ron Hubbard, the Ultimate Cult Musician
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/..._space_jazz_and_other_scientology_albums.html

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Thanks to Winter, Mission Earth rises to the level of cheesy mediocrity. Given his source material, that is a remarkable achievement. A lot of talented professionals worked on the commercially available albums credited to Hubbard, including Chick Corea, Isaac Hayes, and Stanley Clarke (as well as Winter, of course), but Mission Earth is the only project that feels remotely professional.

Space Jazz and Mission Earth are direct offshoots of Hubbard’s career as a scribbler of science-fiction kitsch, but the other two albums written by Hubbard, 1986’s The Road to Freedom and the 2001 tribute The Joy of Creating, are Scientology’s version of gospel: psalms designed to express Hubbard’s ideas and messages through song.
L. Ron Hubbard’s posthumous gift to Scientologists ends with “L’Envoi Thank You for Listening,” the only song on any of the four albums where he actually sings, in a foghorn baritone that has been synthesized and processed into a state of ghostly unrealness. The Wizard steps out from behind the curtain for a bow, and the effect is just as surreal and jarring as you might imagine. Hubbard presents himself not as a man with a philosophy but as a speaker of profound truths:

I do not sing what I believe
I only give them fact
If they believe quite otherwise
It still will have impact
For truth is truth and if they then decide to live with lies
That’s their concern not mine, my friend,
They’re free to fantasize.

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olska

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Re: The Curious Rock Career of L Ron Hubbard, the Ultimate Cult Musician (re Scientol

As proof of their loyalty and commitment to the cause, I think every scientologist in good standing with the CoS ought to be required to load L Ron's "Thank You For Listening" as the ring tone on their cell phone. :yes:
 

Dave B.

Maximus Ultimus Mostimus
Re: The Curious Rock Career of L Ron Hubbard, the Ultimate Cult Musician (re Scientol

Retired 4 star Admiral and funk-rock bass player. Bet you didn't know Elron invented that thumb-popping / slap style of funk bass playing did you?

I didn't think you did. The psych's covered it up so the public wouldn't know. See if they knew, $cientology could have gotten even more popular and we all know the suppressives don't want that.

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The World Bank nominated Larry Graham to usurp the role of inventor of slap / popping. Here's a video of the SP who stole Elron's thunder.

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Purple Rain

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Slate: The Curious Rock Career of L. Ron Hubbard, the Ultimate Cult Musician
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/..._space_jazz_and_other_scientology_albums.html

Excerpts:

[video=youtube;9gB_H8kYdl0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gB_H8kYdl0[/video]

[video=youtube;K9VLA8Tc5Ss]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9VLA8Tc5Ss[/video]

[video=youtube;ukJZtLkBpsI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukJZtLkBpsI[/video]

[video=youtube;wZd7MzF1RlA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZd7MzF1RlA[/video]

This article was just completely delightful. It's a really nice counterpoint to the exposes of Scientology and Hubbard and was just a pleasure to read for it's own sake. It would have been funny no matter who it was written about. It was just that good. I finished reading it and thought "Gee, I enjoyed being alive for those minutes it took to do that." It wasn't just like you go, hmm, that's interesting, and it wasn't fall around laughing, it was just you-couldn't-get-the-smile-off-your-face-and-the-occasional-chuckle completely delightful!

It was funny to think about Leif Garrett again, and remember my sister having his poster up on her wall. I will always have a soft spot for the Mission Earth album, truth be told. It was also strange to listen to the other stuff again, but I've ridiculed those at length on other threads.
 
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