Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Larry Norman, 'Father of Christian Rock,' Dies at 60

Christian music legend Larry Norman died Sunday of heart failure, according to his brother Charles Norman. He was 60.

Norman, a blonde, long-haired rocker who is often called the father of Christian rock music, was a giant in the Christian music industry, said Chris Willman, senior music writer for Entertainment Weekly. CLICK HERE to read more

Notes on Larry Norman and Bob Dylan

I'd like to offer a few comments re. the connection between Larry Norman and Bob Dylan.

My Introduction to Bob Dylan's poetry began with a Larry Norman record in 1978 - although I did not know that at the time - ONLY VISITING THIS PLANET. (Which was actually recorded in 1972.) CLICK HERE to read more

African American Culture and Bob Dylan: Why He Matters (1997)

Where black is the color, none is the number."

These are the words of songwriter and musician Bob Dylan, written when he was just twenty-one years old. They are from his haunting and beautiful song A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall, released in 1963. CLICK HERE to read more

“The highest form of song is prayer.”
-Bob Dylan

STOCKHOLM 04.05.2002

Just a few days after performing at the 2002 Grammy's, Bob Dylan recorded a new re-write of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" for "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" with longtime friend Mavis Staples. One month later he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in 20 years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003.

Sinead O'Connor - Property Of Jesus