William Shatner Biography

While it’s tempting to dismiss the musical ramblings of William Shatner as mere novelty, as with the self-deprecating man himself, the true nature of Shatner’s recordings is darker, more complex. While it’s hard to take his Captain Kirk-era album THE TRANSFORMED MAN, with all its pompous poetry and oddball psychedelics, too seriously, his 21st Century work with Ben Folds proved surprisingly gripping, even insightful. Shatner’s later work earnestly explores the fears, disappointments, shattered hopes, and outright failures of a one-time golden boy of theater facing down his twilight years, accepting his role as one of America’s most beloved jesters.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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