Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Temple Beautiful

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Temple Beautiful

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TEMPLE BEAUTIFUL Chuck Prophet (Yep Roc, 2012)

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Chuck Prophet has been known in the alt-rock world since the mid-1980s when he signed on as chief guitar-slinger for a great alt-country ensemble, Green on Red. Since then Prophet has managed to stay self-employed as a solo artist, session man, producer, and songwriter. Based in San Francisco, off the music industry's beaten path, he's a journeyman American artist with a broad musical palette, a personal vision, and an eccentric voice.

Temple Beautiful is itself stubbornly off the beaten path as a concept album about the city of San Francisco in the last half of the 20th century. The album's title comes from the name of a punk-rock club that happened to be right next door to cult leader Jim Jones' People's Temple. San Francisco is a cosmopolitan, multicultural Pacific Rim city. But it is also a uniquely American city. It's the territory that mid-America's rebel souls still light out for. …

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