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Summarized by 'Marc A. Schindler'

LDS Rocker Tal Bachman Follows Dad's Footsteps
(Guess who's following dad's footsteps?)
Toronto Ontario Canada National Post 29Jan00 A2

A very favourable full-page article in the Post's weekend glossy insert about Talmage "Tal" Bachman, LDS son of LDS rock singer Randy Bachman. The article tells how Randy Bachman, founding member of The Guess Who and later of Bachman Turner Overdrive, joined the Church in Winnipeg. Tal is a return missionary (Argentina) and has a young and growing family and is active LDS. The key, he says, to staying spiritual in the entertainment business is a twofold principle he learned from his father: 1) separate your work from your family and preserve your privacy; and 2) don't work on Sundays. Tal even turned down an important music award because it would have meant attending the ceremony on a Sunday.

The writer does make one glaring error in claiming that the Church "sanctions polygamy," but in the 02Feb00 Letters section of the Post, Tal sets the record straight.

The writer is impressed by Tal's boyish good lucks and his cleancut image, writing that his music is a "fresh alternative to the [rawer] female-driven acts coming out of Canada, such as Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette and Shania Twain." The article reveals an intellectual side to Tal, as well, revealing that he's a regular reader of magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly and Harper's. Two of his heroes are Bob Marley and Van Morrison, who Tal says "managed to maintain a strong spiritual life and introduce spiritual themes into their music without sacrificing their careers." In spite of this, Tal says, so-called Christian rock holds no appeal for him.

Marc Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta -- the Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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