Tea for the Tillerman Live
Weinerworld It’s easy to forget how much influence Yusuf Islam has had on the humble singer- songwriter genre. Back in the mid-1960s, Cat Stevens was a foppish pop star, all Carnaby Street clothes and snappy three-minute pop songs. In the 1970s, following a period of intense personal reflection while recovering from tuberculosis, Stevens embraced a confessional mode of songwriting that effectively invented (with Joni Mitchell) the genre known, often derisively, as “bedsitter” music. This rarely seen Los Angeles TV studio concer, focuses on material from Tea for the Tillerman. It’s of its time, certainly, but the directness of the songs and the intimacy of the performance remains a template that continues to be utilised today. Extras include an animated short film, Teaser and the Firecat.