Gregory Thornbury-episode 125
Gregory Alan Thornbury, Chancellor of The King’s College and Vice President of New York Academy of Art, joins me on the podcast to talk about Larry Norman, “father of Christian Rock.”
In the recently released biography on Larry Norman, titled Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?, Thornbury talks about Larry Norman and the perils of Christian Rock. Larry was the one who helped launch a billion-dollar industry that has become something Larry probably wouldn’t like or recognize today.
I grew up during the Jesus movement and can still sing many of Norman’s songs from memory. Billboard called Norman “the most important songwriter since Paul Simon,” and his music went on to inspire members of bands such as U2, the Pixies, and Guns N’ Roses. Larry was a thorn in the religious establishment’s side. The book is fascinating and enlightening, and I highly recommend it.