By Gregory Thornbury
In 1969, in Capitol files' Hollywood studio, a blonde-haired troubadour named Larry Norman laid tune for an album that may release a brand new style of song and one of many strangest, finest careers in sleek rock. Having spent the majority of the Sixties taking part in on accounts with acts just like the Who, Janis Joplin, and the doorways, Norman determined that he desired to sing in regards to the so much countercultural topic of all: Jesus.
Billboard referred to as Norman “the most crucial songwriter considering Paul Simon,” and his tune might move directly to motivate individuals of bands as different as U2, The Pixies, weapons ‘N Roses, and extra. To a tender new release of Christians who sought after the way to be diversified within the American cultural scene, Larry used to be a godsend—spinning songs approximately one’s everlasting soul as deftly as he did ones critiquing consumerism, middle-class values, and the Vietnam warfare. To the spiritual institution, in spite of the fact that, he was once a thorn within the aspect; and to secular song enthusiasts, he was once an enigma, consistently providing up Jesus to difficulties they didn’t imagine have been difficulties. Paul McCartney himself as soon as informed Larry, “You may be well-known if you’d simply drop the God stuff,” a press release that will foreshadow Norman’s final demise.
In Why may still the satan Have all of the strong Music?, Gregory Alan Thornbury attracts on extraordinary entry to Norman’s own papers and documents to relate the conflicts that outlined the singer’s lifestyles, as he crisscrossed the constructing fault strains among Evangelicals and mainstream American culture—friction that keeps to this day. What emerges is a twisting, engrossing tale approximately ambition, paintings, friendship, betrayal, and the turns one’s lifestyles can take if you happen to think God is in your side.
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Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?: Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock by Gregory Thornbury