Saturday, February 7, 2009

Larry

Larry Norman died in 2008. He was one of the few singer/songwriters of the sixties and seventies that wrote lyrics that reflected a critical but Christian viewpoint. He was admired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, John Mellencamp and The Pixies but shunned by Churches and the Christian press in general. He criticised American Politics as much as he rebuked Hypocrisy in the Church - in many ways he was a real maverick, who was alienated by many camps, with nowhere to rest his head.

To me his music was a mix of early Neil Young, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones - his sound was heavily influenced by the late sixties and early seventies. His voice was distinct and radical sounding: like many late sixties singer/songwriters. I saw him once in concert in Brisbane in the early eighties - he was very good and included an interesting and memorable song focused on the problems in the middle east.

I found this video on Youtube of his song "The Great American Novel" - strong lyrics by any standard and they seem quite relevant to this day. Larry was an interesting guy and will be sadly missed by those who appreciated his message.


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