RIP Larry Norman
I was never a huge fan of the music of Larry Norman, (Pitchfork's obituary is here, blogger Andy Whitman's is here) but I always had an appreciation for him. Norman was frequently dubbed the "father of Christian Rock", but I always felt he didn't deserve to be hung with that miserable responsibility. Unlike much of what came after him, Norman had his own voice and his own style. He was an individual in a Faith that all too often steps on people for being individual. And Larry Norman was certainly shunned by many of his fellow believers in the 1960's and 1970's. (I would also dare to say that he would have been shunned by many up until the 1990's)
I met him once in the mid `90's and he certainly was unique. He deserves the accolades he receives and I hope that his death spurs an interest in young Christians to listen to their own voice in creative matters, rather than conform to the standards of a moribund industry hellbent on bland uniformity. Norman died at the age of 60 on the 24th of February of this year.