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I'm only here on Earth to serve God. I never had a career. I don't care about commercialism. I have a ministry and I'll fight for the ministry.

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I'm fishing for men with a certain kind of bait, and the bait that I am offering is not a candy; it's a very specific thing that I'm offering, which is a deep gospel and a deep conversion.  
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Feb. 24, 2008, Salem, Oregon - Larry Norman, the singer,  songwriter, and producer known as the "Father of Christian  Rock Music," died of heart failure on Sunday (Feb. 24) in his  Salem, Oregon home. He was 60.  Norman was an eccentric visionary whose songs drew  controversy from both the conservative religious establishment  and the secular music press for his lyrical mix of radical  religious, political, and social themes. His 1969 solo album “Upon  This Rock” was the first Christian rock record, and his milestone 1972 release “Only Visiting This  Planet” is considered one of the best albums in the genre. His music was an influence on such  diverse artists as U2, John Mellencamp, and the Pixies.  "Larry was my door into the music business and he was the most Christlike person I ever met,"  former Pixies singer Frank Black said Monday upon hearing of Norman's passing.  Norman was born on April 8, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas. At the age of 3 he relocated to San  Francisco, California with his family and in the mid-'50s became fascinated with the music of Elvis  Presley. During this time he also frequently accompanied his father on Christian missions to  prisons and hospitals. At the age of nine, Larry began writing and performing original rock and roll  songs at school, experimenting and incorporating a spiritual message into his music. In 1959 he  performed on Ted Mack's syndicated television show The Original Amateur Hour on CBS. Upon  moving to San Jose, California, he began recording for Capitol Records with his band People! in  1966 and for the next 2 years performed concerts supporting The Doors, The Who, Janis Joplin,  and Jimi Hendrix, among others. People! scored a Billboard Chart hit in 1968 with a cover of The  Zombies' song "I Love You." Norman left the band the day People!'s debut album was released.  His solo albums recorded in the 1970s on his own independent label Solid Rock, and the albums  of other artists he discovered and produced, laid the foundation for what would eventually become  the Christian rock music industry, a genre which largely shunned him and his music. According to  Portland news/radio station KXL, Norman's early social positions caused a stir among many  conservative Christians. His views against racism and poverty caused him to receive multiple  death threats in the 1970s. A widespread ban on Norman's music, which is largely still in effect  today, existed in Christian stores. This ban was due not only to Norman's social positions, but his  preferred company as well. Said Norman in a separate interview, "The churches weren't going to  accept me looking like a street person with long hair and faded jeans. They did not like the music I  was recording. And I had no desire to preach the gospel to the converted."  Time Magazine once called Norman "the most significant artist in his field." Over 300 cover  versions of his songs have been recorded by artists such as Petula Clark, Sammy Davis, Jr.,  Frank Black, and Cliff Richard. His songs have also been recorded by contemporary Christian  artists like DC Talk, Rebecca St. James and Audio Adrenaline. He performed for The White House,  twice - and in Moscow at the 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium. He headlined venues like The  Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, The Palladium and London's prestigious Royal Albert  Hall, which he sold out six times, once filling it twice on the same day. In the last 40 years Norman  has released nearly 100 solo albums.  In 2001 Norman was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame alongside Elvis Presley. At the  time of his death he was working on an album with Frank Black and Isaac Brock of Modest  Mouse, which will be released later this year.  In a message he wrote on Saturday, Feb 23, the day before he passed away, Norman said:  "I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God's hand reaching down to pick me up. I have  been under medical care for months. My wounds are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am  ready to fly home. I won't be here much longer. I can't do anything about it. My heart is too weak. I  want to say goodbye to everyone. In the past you have generously supported me with prayer and  finance and we will probably still need financial help. My plan is to be buried in a simple pine box  with some flowers inside. I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be  funeral information posted on my website, in case some of you want to attend. We are not sure of  the date when I will die. Goodbye, farewell, we will meet again."  "Goodbye, farewell, we'll meet again  Somewhere beyond the sky. I pray that you will stay with God Goodbye, my friends, goodbye." 
Larry Norman’s Life Story April 8th,1947 to February 24th, 2008
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