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In the early days of the often-called "Jesus Movement"... Randy Stonehill collaborated with many of the most vital and important voices in the Christian music scene. Here's a brief run-down of the cast of characters and Randy's own ruminations on what they mean to him.
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Hailed as the grandfather of Christian rock, Larry Norman was certainly no stranger to controversy when he dared sing folk and rock songs about Jesus clad in old blue jeans and donning long blonde hair. His distinctive voice, unending mystique and overall personality helped to galvanize the often tribal Christian rock scene in the late sixties. In addition to recording some of the most important records in the history of Christian music (Only Visiting This Planet, Upon This Rock, In Another Land), Norman also wrote songs that served as the anthems of the Jesus Movement. But one of his most significant contributions to Christian music was certainly the cultivation of a young fellow Jesus freak named Randy Stonehill. Larry Norman led me to the Lord in 1970. He was a mentor and a partner as well as being the most articulate spokesman for this new musical/spiritual hybrid. - RS