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Hair That Touches Heaven

by Shaun Manning January 17, 2012

University of Michigan Press author Bill Talen presented his unique brand of evangelism last week at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC. Previewing the event, where Talen discussed his Reverend Billy persona and recent book, The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping, the Washington Post’s free daily Express looked at Talen’s history as a performer. “Reverend Billy has hair so high it practically touches heaven,” the Express article begins. “He wears a white suit and a collar that marks him as a man of God.” But the sins Reverend Billy […]

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UM Press author declared not guilty of trespass charges from 2010 event

by University of Michigan Press November 1, 2011

University of Michigan Press author and activist/performance artist Reverend Billy Talen was found not guilty of Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree on Thursday, October 20th. Talen and The Stop Shopping Choir, directed by Savitri D, entered the lobby of the UBS Bank in midtown Manhattan on Black Friday 2010 dressed as angels. Savitri D, Bill Talen and editor Alisa Solomon are the authors of The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping. Shortly after singing songs that highlighted the bank’s corrupt financial interest in coal extraction organizations using mountaintop removal, […]

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Reverend Billy returns with the “Church of Earth-a-lujah” in a series of appearances

by Trade Marketing January 19, 2011

“After ten years we ARE a church, if a post-religious one.” Every Sunday starting January 30th, Reverend Billy, the revivalist preacher created by performance artist Bill Talen, is inviting readers to revel in the glory of the Reverend’s worship-show, “The Church of Earth-a-lujah.” Reverend Billy is the subject of The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping by Savitri D and Bill Talen. The Reverend has attracted an international following as he has railed in white suit and clerical collar against the evils of excessive consumerism and corporate irresponsibility. Hosted every […]

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