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Sam Cooke: Soul and Inspiration

By Lenny Kaye, Contributor

Possessed of a purity of voice and an unerring sense of pop metaphysics, the incomparable Sam Cooke was a singer of soul and inspiration who stands at the crossroads of the divine and secular. I am feeling that sense of predestination myself: On the very day I begin this overview of Sam's life and song, I'm in Mississippi on an unrelated mission. I take a side excursion to Clarksdale to stand at the meeting place of… more »