I've spent the last 2 Wednesday mornings helping to repaint the chapel behind our church that we are rennovating in order for it to serve as a venue for music, art, lectures, and other cultural happenings here in St. Louis. They are also putting in new bamboo flooring and there will be all new seating (it will still have the stained-glass windows and great vaulted wood ceiling and woodwork trim). It's going to be super cool. It won't be totally finished next week, but we are going to have the first such cultural happening anyway, because it's such a great opportunity that we couldn't pass it up. Read the announcement below, and please come.
Steve Turner will speak at a free public lecture at the "as-yet-unveiled/unnamed Chapel" Music & Arts Venue behind Memorial Presbyterian Church (formerly, Matthews Chapel) here in St. Louis (at the intersection of Alexander Dr. and Skinker Blvd.), next Thursday April 26 @ 7:30 pm.
About Steve Turner:
“A tough-minded poet with an ear for the psalms, an eye for the miracles in the mundane, and an understanding of how despair can break the ground for joy to take root.” Bono
“A hipsters’ eye and a parishioner’s faith.” People magazine
Steve Turner began his journalistic career as Features Editor of the British rock monthly Beat Instrumental where he interviewed many of the key figures of early 1970s rock including David Bowie, Elton John, John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Rod Stewart, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Tim Buckley, Cat Stevens and members of the Who, Byrds, Band, Moody Blues, Roxy Music, Black Sabbath, T. Rex and Grateful Dead.
Steve is author of numerous books about musicians, including:
The Gospel According to the Beatles
U2 Rattle & Hum: The Official Book of the U2 Movie
The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend
Trouble Man: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye
A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles' Song
Hungry for Heaven: Rock and Roll and the Search for Redemption
Jack Kerouac: Angelheaded Hipster
Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now
He has also written on the relationship between Christianity and popular culture as well as reflections on his experiences working as a music journalist.
Steve has known U2 since 1983. Steve grew up in Northamptonshire, England, and for the past 35 years has lived in London. He is married and has a son and daughter.
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