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A song for the world

The story of the Colwell brothers and Herb Allen: musical diplomats

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The Colwell Brothers and Herb Allen sparked a global phenomenon with Up with People that has left a large footprint in the sands of our times. A Song for the World is their inspiring story, which gives a glimpse of their impact on 20th century history from the inside out.

“May this story be heard around the world!” Captain Eugene A. Cernan, USN (Ret), Apollo 17 Commander and author of The Last Man on the Moon

“When inspired genius is willing to renounce ease and glory for the sake of something greater, the impact is huge. The words of the Colwells’ and Herb Allen’s songs came from seeing into the heart of humanity.” Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

“Anyone who feels hopeless about the present state of the world should pick up a copy of A Song for the World. It is a must-read for everyone who dreams of making the world a better place.” Mark Glubke, Senior Editor, Back Stage Books

“They are writers for all times and all seasons and they have touched the hearts of millions.” Tom Sullivan, author of If You Could See What I Hear

“The Colwells and Herb Allen are truly an inspiration to public servants, social activists, and those of us at the Kennedy School.” Betsy Myers, Executive Director, Center for Public Leadership John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

A Song for the World' is a remarkable story of courage, commitment, vision, and learning.” W. Timothy Gallwey, author of The Inner Game of Tennis

“Their music has influenced the lives of millions of people, including me. l now know where their inspiration came from!” David Grossman, Executive Vice President, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammys)

“Up with People’s appearances in the Super Bowl halftime shows changed the genre forever. This book is a great reference work for those who aspire to live life to the fullest.” John Gonzalez Director, NBC Sports and the NFL Network

Further copies, including signed ones, can be ordered from the publisher  

Mr. John Ruffin, Many Roads Publishing, 3260 47th St. #106
Boulder, CO 80301. (805) 729-1664 (720) 726-2528


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