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- Posted on Mar 26th 2008 11:00AM by James Sullivan
According to a sociologist affiliated with Germany's Martin Luther University, the UK's most enduring pop star has a pronounced tendency to present himself as a modern-day messiah. From outstretched arms and a sexless persona to his well-known Christian conversion, argues Anja Lobert in a popular music journal of the Cambridge University Press, the first beknighted British pop star "seems to have established a remarkably consistent public persona which presents him as a friend in need, a bridge to happiness and, hence, a figure modeling itself on Jesus Christ."
Noted among fans for his conspicuous abstinence from the sex and drugs part of the rock 'n' roll equation, Sir Cliff has called himself "the most radical rock star there has ever been." If that's so, well, what would the Jesus of cool do? For starters, he'd turn a few more records into gold and bump Westlife off that list.
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