I'm going out to WNYG radio this afternoon to co-interview Canadian documentary filmmaker David DiSabatino on his second movie, Fallen Angel, The Outlaw Larry Norman. The interview will be on Chris Arnzen's Iron Sharpens Iron show. The show can be heard live at Sharpens.org at 3 PM.
This documentary, as well his documentary on Lonnie Frisbee, provide interesting commentary and insight into the early "Jesus Rock" movement. I recommend both if you have interest in this period of contemporary church history.
The Norman movie is particularly special for me, as in my youth I was quite a fan of his music. Norman was sort of like the Bob Dylan / Johnny Cash of Christian music. He was a truly fascinating individual.
I began listening to Christian rock music in the late 70's as a young kid. Now, when you like The Beatles, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, making the switch to Keith Green, the Second Chapter of Acts, and Amy Grant isn't an easy transition to make. At that time, there were only a few artists that were worth my time as long haired guitar playin youth. Larry had a wide range of music- everything from a slow balled to grunge rock blues, to quirky piano music .
It's very interesting now from an adult Reformed worldview to analyze those things that captured my interest over the years. As Calvin so well stated, "Man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols." A young person will often look to a famous person, rather than Jesus. The one thing David's movie is a reminder of watching out for what comes off the assembly line.