Ron Hubbard's Foray into the World of Music
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- Scientology in Popular Culture: Influences and Struggles for Legitimacy, 2017, pp. 333 - 352
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In the second verse of the song, "Thank you for Listening" from the album Road to Freedom (1986), the voice of L. Ron Hubbard sings "I do not sing what I believe." However, Hubbard most certainly did sing about his beliefs and how they pertained-particularly to Scientology. The song goes on to assert that, regardless of the listener's' personal beliefs, Hubbard's lyrics will "have impact." This leads to a more important question: what cras the "impact" of his musical endeavors? He was involved in producing music in several genres' worked with some fantastic musicians, and certainly saw himself as a musician' But his musical legacy is nor strong. The church of scientology has not become known for iti musical contributions; Hubbard,s outputs in soundtrack or other genres have not been universally recognised. If anything, there is a disparaging note to most accounts of Hubbard,s work. This chapter aims ro look critically at several of of Hubbard,s (and scientology's) musical projects and analyze ti,em both for their musical quality as well as for the "impact" Hubbard's baritone voice - a rare occurrence of Hubbard's own performativity-assures us will arrive.
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