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High Hopes: The London Souls

Near-death experiences and defying science with New York’s hottest soul-rock export.

Tash Neal doesn’t remember the day early in 2012 when a BMW drag‑racing down Broadway smashed into the cab that was his band’s tour van. He woke up from a coma a week later to see his family crying with relief. His brain damage had been so severe, every law of science told doctors he’d die. The second day he was conscious, he motioned to his dad for his guitar. Playing three chords, “I felt like me.”


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