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The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton 

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26. Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter served at the 39th President of the United States from 1977 until 1981. He grew up in a family of successful peanut farmers and while building up the business, he became passionate about the civil rights movement and that led to his entrance into politics. While president, he established the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He was also behind the Camp David Accords, which led to the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in 1979.
According to C-SPAN’s rankings, Carter scored highly for moral authority and for pursuing equal justice for all. He was faced with several international crises during his presidency, including the 1979 Energy Crisis and the Iran Hostage Crisis. Dealing with all these impacted the general attitude in the nation and in turn, his popularity rating, causing him to lose the 1980 elections to Republican Ronald Reagan. In 2002, he won a Nobel Peace Prize for the work of his NGO, the Carter Center.

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The Top 40 US Presidents Ranked From Lowest To Highest
August 12, 2019
Who do you think was considered the best president in American history? A team of experts was recently commissioned by C-SPAN to answer that question definitively and the results are fascinating. They ranked each president according to a number of different factors such as public persuasion, crisis leadership, international relations, and vision while in office. So which of the presidents since 1774 were the cream of the crop, the best of the best? We’ve compiled those presidents who made it into the top 40 right here. Whether you agree or disagree, read on to find out who made the cut!

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24. William H. Taft
President William H. Taft, the 27th president of the United States was the only man to serve as president and then chief justice of the United States. Yes, after serving as president, he became chief justice eight years later! Taft was from Ohio and went on to attend Yale to study law, where it is said he was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society there. He was a talented lawyer and was appointed a judge while still in his 20s.
During his term as president from 1909 to 1913, he focused his efforts on east Asia more so than European affairs. Taft also intervened in Latin American affairs to either set up or topple governments. Read on to find out which US president comes next on the list of greatest US presidents.

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38. William Henry Harrison
The tenure of 9th president William Henry Harrison was remembered mainly for tragedy. That’s because Harrrison was the first president to die in office and retains the record of holding the shortest term in office: only 31 days, from March 4, 1841 until April 4, 1841. He died from pneumonia following his rainy-day inauguration, with some saying it was because he refused to wear a warm jacket, rode on horseback, and then gave a two-hour speech.
Harrison was the last president that was alive before the American Revolution and garnered fame for leading the US military to victory in the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe and was known by the nickname “Old Tippecanoe”. He was the first sitting president to be photographed, but the picture has unfortunately been lost to history. Harrison’s father was Benjamin Harrison, a founding father and his grandson, also named Benjamin Harrison, would go on to become the 23rd president, from 1889 to 1893.

1. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln is the highest ranking US president of all time. He served as the 16th president from 1861 until 1865. He led the Union through the Civil War and most importantly, started the process of abolishing slavery.
He set the grounds for ending slavery with his groundbreaking the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which changed the status of slaves in the South to free people. It was his mission to add the 13th amendment to the constitution, which would officially outlaw slavery in the United States. Sadly, it was only passed after Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. A number of different polls show that Lincoln is the most admired US President of all time.

28. Richard M. Nixon
Richard M. Nixon was the 37th president of the United States and had a huge talent for negotiating foreign affairs. While in office from 1969 to 1974, he successfully ended American involvement in Vietnam, brought POWs home, opened diplomatic relations with China, and signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the USSR. Before becoming president, he had served as vice president to President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 until 1961.
Nixon was also responsible for enforcing desegregation in the South, founding the Environmental Protection Agency, signed the anti-crime bill into law, and started the “War on Cancer”. Nixon would have ranked much higher on the list had it not been for the Watergate scandal. He had previously run for president in the 1960 elections but lost to Democrat John F. Kennedy.

Larry Norman Interview 2000
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As a tribute to our brother Larry Norman, we will be posting bits and pieces of this excellent interview we shot with him back in 2000. Here is his commentary on Gene Eugene of Adam Again as well as Terry Taylor and Mark Heard. Thank you Larry for being transparent with your heart and gifts to the music world. Your voice will be missed. By Eden Z Films

2. George Washington

​The second highest-ranking president of all time is George Washington, the very first President of the United States. As a Founding Father, Washington defined the nation, as well as the duties of a president while in office from 1789 to 1797.
George Washington helped establish many of the most elemental parts of the US government, such as as the seat of government and the tax system. He was leader of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Washington scores high in almost every single category except pursuing equal justice for all.

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22. Ulysses S. Grant
War hero Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th US president and was well liked by the public during his time in office from 1869 until 1877. Before this, he had served as the commanding general of the Union Army during the Civil War. A graduate of West Point, he rose to prominence when he fought in the Mexican-American War only a few years after graduation.
When he was  sworn in as president at the age of 47, he was the youngest president at the time. Grant received high scores for having high public persuasion, moral authority, excelling at international relations and for pursuing justice for Americans, equally. He is remembered for being an honest person who took a strong stand against the KKK in the former Confederacy. Grant also appointed African Americans and Jewish Americans to office for the first time.

40. Warren G. Harding
The election of 29th president Warren G. Harding was a landmark one because it was the first one in which women could vote. A rural Ohio man through and through, Warren Harding started out his career in the newspaper industry, owning newspaper Marion Star.  After he entered politics, he only left his rural Ohio hometown when it was absolutely required for the role.
During his tenure form 1921 to 1923, Harding championed a “return to normalcy” and formally ended World War I in 1921 when he declared the US officially at peace with Germany, Hungary, and Austria. He attempted to stimulate the economy through a number of measures. His cabinet suffered many scandals and he sadly died of a heart attack while in office as they were first becoming public.

12. Barack Obama
Barack Obama served as the 44th President of the United States and was the very first African-American to serve as president. Obama scores very high for his moral authority, pursuing justice for all and was highly skilled at public persuasion while in office from 2009 until 2017.
Obama is remembered for reforming healthcare with the Affordable Care Act, repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, helping broker a nuclear agreement with Iran, normalizing relations with Cuba, and initiating sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine.

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8. John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy comes in at number eight on the list. He served as the 35th President of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. He holds the title of being the first and only Roman Catholic to hold the position of president.
Kennedy scores highest for his abilities in public persuasion and holding a clear vision and agenda for the country. He established the Peace Corps and was leader during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read on to find out who came in at number seven!

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Larry Norman's "The Great American Novel"
Larry Norman (1947 - 2008) was a notable figure in the Jesus music movement of the 60’s and 70’s and is often called the father of Christian rock (“Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?”). On September 9, 1979, he was invited as one of several artists to perform a song for Jimmy Carter and 1,000 guests on the White House lawn. He was asked not to sing about anything political or religious, so he sang his Dylanesque protest song “The Great American Novel” from his 1972 Only Visiting This Planet album (he tells the story at the end of this youtube clip).
The song has a few really nice anti-authoritarian lines, approaching Christian anarchism. The fact that he sang it for the President of the United States of America gives it an even sharper edge. I’ll give the full lyrics along with my emphases and comments after the embedded YouTube video below. If you’d like to explore some more Norman, I recommend Fred Clark’s post of his top 10 Larry Norman songs.

“The Great American Novel” Lyrics and Comments
I was born and raised an orphan in a land that once was free
In a land that poured its love out on the moon;
and I grew up in the shadows of your silos filled with grain,
but you never helped to fill my empty spoon.

More about pouring love out on the moon later…​

And when I was ten you murdered law with courtroom politics,
And you learned to make a lie sound just like truth;
But I know you better now and I don’t fall for all your tricks,
And you’ve lost the one advantage of my youth.
You kill a black man at midnight just for talking to your daughter,
Then you make his wife your mistress and you leave her without water;
And the sheet you wear upon your face is the sheet your children sleep on,
At every meal you say a prayer; you don’t believe but still you keep on.
And your money says in God we trust,
But it’s against the law to pray in school;
You say we beat the Russians to the moon,
And I say you starved your children to do it.

Those last four are the most unfortunate lines in the song, especially since they are repeated several times. I don’t fully understand it, but angry Christians love repeating the “it’s against the law to pray in school” mantra. I don’t think they are in general, or Norman is here, advocating for school-established prayer; rather it’s a touch of wilful ignorance mixed with a slight persecution complex.
Norman did not think kindly of the space program. His talking blues song “Reader’s Digest” on the same album reflects similar sentiment:

The man on the news said China’s gonna beat us,
We shot all our dreamers, there’s no one left to lead us.
We need a solution, we need salvation,
Let’s send some people to the moon and gather information.
They brought back a big bag of rocks.
Only cost thirteen billion. Must be nice rocks.

In an interview he explained that, to him, the space race represented some of the worst and most hypocritical aspects of nationalism:
“I wanted us to feed the poor, and to stop worshipping the space program thinking this proved that God was on our side and not the Russians' because we were superior in the space race to the moon. And to realize that our government was taking over countries in the same way that Russia was, creating satellites, but we call their communism ‘evil’ and our democratic appropriations of foreign governments ‘rightous’.”
Back to “The Great American Novel” lyrics:
You are far across the ocean but the war is not your own,
And while you’re winning theirs, you’re gonna lose the one at home;Do you really think the only way to bring about the peace
Is to sacrifice your children and kill all your enemies?

When he played this song live in later years he changed the “winning” line to “And while you’re losing theirs, you’re also losing the one at home”.
The politicians all make speeches while the news men all take notes,
And they exaggerate the issues as they shove them down our throats;Is it really up to them whether this country sinks or floats?
Well I wonder who would lead us if none of us would vote.
Well my phone is tapped and my lips are chapped from whispering through the fence,
You know every move I make, or is that just coincidence?
Well you try to make my way of life a little less like jail,
If I promise to make tapes and slides and send them through the mail.

I don’t know if that last verse is referring specifically to some COINTELPRO-type activities or to some imaginary police-state dystopia.
And your money says in God we trust,
But it’s against the law to pray in school;
You say we beat the Russians to the moon,
And I say you starved your children to do it.You say all men are equal, all men are brothers,
Then why are the rich more equal than others?
Don’t ask me for the answer, I’ve only got one:
That a man leaves his darkness when he follows the Son

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Examining Who Runs the United States

Sept. 15, 2015
By Anand Giridharadas   

A former C.I.A. officer with experience in Turkey wrote a provocative essay this summer about the “deep state.” The phrase refers to a parallel “secret government” embedded in the military and intelligence services, whose purpose is to provide a check on electoral democracy.
But Turkey wasn’t the target of the essay, written by Philip Giraldi. He was aiming, as his headline declared, at “Deep State America.
Washington, called the American deep state of today an “unelected, unappointed, and unaccountable presence within the system that actually manages what is taking place behind the scenes.”
In contrast to Turkey, where Mr. Giraldi said a covert “deep state” had taken root in the security realm, the American deep state of his description consists of visible people like the Clintons and the former C.I.A. director David H. Petraeus, concentrated around New York and Washington, who live at the fertile nexus of government and corporate power: Capitol Hill aides and legislators who cash in as lobbyists; former politicians who earn millions speaking to banks, or landing sinecures with them; technocrats who ricochet between Goldman Sachs and the Treasury Department; billionaire kingmakers dangling political donations; thinkers whose tanks are financed by corporations with a financial stake in their research.

Deep State America.

Now if this sounds like the rant of a lefty conspiracy theorist, consider the article’s home: a magazine called The American Conservative, a contrarian thorn in the side of the establishment right.
The “deep state” metaphor seems to be ascendant as a way to explain present American realities. The writer Peter Dale Scott, professor emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, last year published a similarly minded book called“The American Deep State,” which emphasized the role of security contractors, oil companies and financial firms. Meanwhile, Mike Lofgren, a Republican who spent 28 years as a congressional aide before quitting in 2011, has used “deep state” to describe a subterranean cross-party consensus on issues like “financialization, outsourcing, privatization” — a consensus, Mr. Lofgren has written, from which the public is distracted by above-ground debates over “diversionary social issues such as abortion or gay marriage.”
It is possible, and perhaps wise, to dismiss the “deep state” idea as misguided. Theories about shadowy forces are always to be taken with much salt.  
Yet, as America witnesses the dual political phenomena of Donald Trump on the right and Senator Bernie Sanders on the left, and now the very public efforts by the establishment to step in and hinder either from going too far, the deep-state idea has renewed currency.
“Talk in G.O.P. Turns to a Stop Donald Trump Campaign,” read the headline in this newspaper this month. It described Republican donors uneasy with the billionaire businessman’s unorthodox, even antibusiness views on issues like trade and the taxation of financial elites. Operatives apparently felt no embarrassment in publicly declaring a consensus among party elites that “something must be done to stop” Mr. Trump, in what is supposed to be a democratic primary process.

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Larry Norman & Q Stone - Live at Flevo 1989
Legendary live concert of Larry Norman at the Flevo Festival in 1989, broadcasted by the Dutch Christian Radio & TV Station "NCRV" in 1990. This broadcasting was recorded using a VHS video recorder by me and converted to digital format. This concert was also published as a live album (including more tracks). Dutch subtitles. No copyright infringment intended. This video is posted here to honour Larry Norman's longstanding ministry and influence as the "Grandfather of Jesus-Rock" and also because I'm positive this broadcasting will probably never be on TV again and don't want the fans in the rest of the world to miss the change to see this unique concert. To buy original recordings in HQ audio, please visit the website: http://www.LarryNorman.Com
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13. James Monroe
Founding Father James Monroe served as the fifth President of the United States from 1817 until 1825. He fought in the American Revolutionary War and his first term heralded in what was known as the Era of Good Feelings. President Monroe is well remembered today for his foreign policy, known as “The Monroe Doctrine.”
Monroe scored very high in international relations and performance but falls short in the pursuance of equal justice for all. He won both of his elections in a landslide. Keep reading, you’ll never believe which president comes in 12th place!

11. Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson served as the 28th president of the United States for two terms, from 1913 to 1921. He scores highest for his clear agenda and skills at public persuasion. Wilson led the United States through World War I and assisted with the Treaty of Versailles that significantly helped end the war.
At the conclusion of the conference, Wilson is famous for saying that “at last the world knows America as the savior of the world!” Wilson. He strongly pushed for the US to join the League of Nations, which eventually became the United Nations, but congress did not approve.

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Statement to the fans of Larry Norman (Sandi Stonehill Pt. 3)

Sandi Stonehill talks about the difficulties of dealing with Larry Norman and the lack of accountability in the early Christian music scene.

Martyn Joseph - Wake Me Up
Martyn Joseph performing Wake Me Up live at the St Davids Hall in Cardiff in 2004 with Doug Yowell from Suzanne Vega`s band

25. Gerald R. Ford Jr.
Gerald Ford became the 38th president of the United States after Richard Nixon resigned from office. His presidential tenure lasted from 1974 until 1977. He is remembered for taking part in the Helsinki Accords, which attempted to thaw relations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War and also notably pardoned former president Richard Nixon.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, his law career propelled him into political life. Overall, he ranks high for his moral authority as he led the country through a serious economic depression. Gerald Ford holds the title of being the only man to serve as both president and vice president without being elected.

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Spies Urge CIA Director Gina Haspel to Protect Whistleblower from Trump
From the Washington Examiner.

“It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward,” said Marc Polymeropoulos, a senior CIA operations officer who recently retired. “This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I’m confident she will do the right thing.”
Source: Spies urge CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect whistleblower from Trump

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Larry Norman - Fallen Angel documentary: Charles Norman challenged during radio exchange
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In the documentary FALLEN ANGEL: The OUTLAW LARRY NORMAN, the allegation was made that Larry had an estranged son in Australia. Even though this son, Daniel Robinson, had reached out to his father as early as 2005, he was rebuffed at every turn. When Larry died in 2008, the family was asked to make good on Larry's promise to Daniel, to "take care of him." Instead, they continued the neglect. When asked to submit to a DNA test, the Norman family repeatedly made excuses as to why they could not. Meanwhile, Larry Norman's website continued to ask for donations for children that Larry allegedly sponsored in other countries. During a radio interview Charles Norman phoned in to confront documentary filmmaker David Di Sabatino to invite him to submit to an on-camera interview where they could discuss the claims made in FALLEN ANGEL. Instead, the filmmaker challenged Charles Norman with an offer that has yet to be answered.

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34. Martin Van Buren
In office from 1837 until 1841, Martin Van Buren was president during a huge economic crisis known as the Panic of 1837 that started just a three months after he took office. This was the United States’ first great depression. Nicknamed “the Little Magician,” Van Buren advocated for the US Treasury to be independent of the government and to hold all its funds separately, in order to separate it from changes in political opinions.
Before becoming president, he was secretary of state under President Andrew Jackson and later “minister to Great Britain”. He  only served one term and was under much scrutiny because of the great depression that he inherited, in which huge amounts of businesses and banks closed down. However, the policies he set forth eventually revitalized the economy. By that time the effects were being felt, however, he was no longer president and he therefore didn’t get much credit for the work.

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26. Jimmy Carter
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32. Rutherford B. Hayes
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Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was the 19th president of the United States from 1877 until 1881. Similar to in the 2000 elections, he lost the popular vote but eventually won the electoral vote after months of dispute. Even legendary author Mark Twain promoted Hayes for president! Before that, he had also been the governor of Ohio for three terms and started out his political career in the now-defunct Whig party.
He was a proponent of expanding civil rights for the Black community, but his efforts were blocked by a Democrat-majority Congress. He advocated for civil service exams to ensure that those in the government earned jobs based on merit rather than political ties, which later became the Pendleton Act. His wife was the first college-educated First Lady and encouraged the first alcohol-free White House.

3. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The third highest ranking president of all time is Franklin D. Roosevelt or FDR for short. He was the 32nd President of the United States and holds the title of being the only president to be elected four times, holding office from 1933 until 1945.
FDR was a master at public persuasion and crisis leadership. He led the nation through the Great Depression and all the way to victory in World War II. He established many social and economic reforms as part of the New Deal in an attempt to pull the US out of the grips of the Great Depression. Read on to find out who came in second place.

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Larry Norman - I Hope I'll See You In Heaven ~ Track 8 From the Album:

"Stop This Flight" ~ 1985 ~ (Solid Rock Records/Phydeaux Productions) 

This is a live album with band, recorded at the Dallas Brooks Hall in Melbourne, Australia (June 15th 1984).

An album which confounded the critics an proved that whatever else had happened since 1977,

Larry Norman had lost none of his talents as a songwriter or performer.

Released in 1985, 'Stop This Flight' remains one of Norman's best live albums, featuring many of Larry's best songs to emerge in a decade. "A Woman Of God", "I Hope I'll See You In Heaven" and "Messiah" all surfaced for the first time on this album along with another three or four decent songs.

The only weak song is the slushy "And We Sing 'The Tune'" which veers into Barry Manilow territory unfortunately!

Two songs have reappeared on the latest compilation album 'Footprints In The Sand'. Sounds so smooth it could almost have been recorded in the studio with a good band.

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37. Millard Fillmore
Remember the Whig Party? Of course not, because Millard Fillmore was the last Whig Party president before the party crumbled. He was born into poverty but educated himself enough that he eventually rose to the rank of vice president under President Zachary Taylor. He became the 13th president when President Taylor passed away from cholera while in office in 1850.
Immediately after Taylor’s death, the entire White House cabinet resigned and Fillmore was faced with building a new one from scratch. During his presidency from 1850 to 1853, he signed the Compromise of 1850 which attempted (and failed) to prevent a rift between the North and South. Regarding foreign affairs, he helped develop a relationship with Japan, which banned all foreign relations, including foreign trade, at the time. Under his leadership, they began to allow American ships to stop in Japan for emergencies or to get food or water.

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" I'm fishing for men with a certain kind of bail, and the bail 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 conversaion ..." ... Larry Norman

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9. Ronald Reagan
The ninth best president in history is none other than Ronald Reagan, who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 until 1989. Reagan scores among the highest of all the presidents for his skills at public persuasion and having a clear vision for the country.
President Reagan is well known for his policy of Reaganomics, as well as for ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and the Iran-Contra affair. He is also well remembered for his iconic speech in West Germany, standing in front of the Berlin Wall, in which he told Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”.

4. Theodore Roosevelt
Coming in at no. 4 is Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. He ranks second best for his skills at public persuasion and fourth in the areas of economic management, international relations, administrative skills and vision.
During his time in office from 1901 to 1909, Theodore Roosevelt was responsible for creating many national parks and forests, as well as monuments. He began the construction of the Panama Canal, expanded the Navy and won a Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese War. Read on to find out who came in third place.

33. George W. Bush

eorge W. Bush was the 43rd US President and was commander in chief during one of its most devastating moments, the September 11 attacks in 2001. During his two-term presidency from 2001 to 2008, he ordered the invasion of Afghanistan as well as a second Gulf War in Iraq, which overthrew its leader Saddam Hussein. He also established the Department of Homeland Security in response to the 9/11 terror attacks.
Prior to becoming president, he spent five years as the governor of Texas. He won the 2000 presidential election following a lengthy recount of the votes in Florida due to winning the popular vote by only 0.5 percent in that state. He became president after winning the electoral vote, even though he lost the popular vote. He was also the second president in history to be the son of a former president, since his father George H.W. Bush had been president about a decade prior.

29. James A. Garfield
James A. Garfield was the 20th US president and holds the title of being the only sitting member of the House of Representatives to be elected president of the United States. Before his political career, Garfield served as a major general on the Union side of the American Civil War and fought in a number of important Civil War battles such as Middle Creek, Shiloh and Chickamauga.
He managed to accomplish a long list of achievements while in office from March 4, 1881 to September 19, 1881. Among many other things, he managed to build up the navy and purge corruption in the postal service. He was concerned with civil rights and advocated for a universal education system for all. He also appointed  a number of African Americans, such as Frederick Douglass, to prominent government positions. Sadly his presidency was cut very short following an assassination attempt in July 1881 that lead to a number of infections.

Keith Green - Song For Josiah

On Dealing With Larry Norman (Sandi Stonehill Pt. 1)
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Sandi Stonehill offers a unique perspective on dealing with Larry Norman as the wife of Randy Stonehill Pt1

31. Zachary Taylor
The 12th US President, Zachary Taylor, is known mostly for the fact that his time in office was so short. He was a war hero before entering politics and was nicknamed “Old Rough and Ready” for his on-the-field leadership skills during his military days. He was renowned for being a war hero in the Mexican-American War. Zachary Taylor was also the last Whig Party leader to be elected president.
His time in office, which began in March 1849, focused heavily on the debate around slavery. Taylor leaned toward an anti-slavery position, even though he himself owned slaves at the time. He encouraged New Mexico and California to become states during his time in office. Sadly, he passed away in office on July 9, 1850 due to cholera. He had only become sick a few days before, with some saying that he had gotten sick from bacteria in the milk an ice water he had consumed on July 4th, in addition to a large amount of  cherries.

Keith Green - Oh, Lord You're Beautiful (Live)
The greatest version of Oh, Lord You're Beautiful out there! I think this was recorded the same week he wrote it. Here are his alternate lyrics: And I need a touch from You Your Book of Books lies undisturbed
And the prayers from me too few. Oh Lord please light the fire
That once burned bright and clear Replace the lamp of my first love
That's fueled with Holy fear I wanna take
Your word and shine it all around But first help me just to live it Lord
And if I'm doing good help me to never seek a crown Except to give all the glory to You.
Oh Lord, You're beautiful
Your face is all I seek For when your eyes are on this child
Your faith abounds to me

Larry Norman - Only Visiting This Planet

George H. W. Bush
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Larry Norman in Ohio, October 2001

​MARCH 20, 2018 - The Larry Norman biography "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music" hits stores today. Order a copy at Amazon today!
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 - The NEW Solid Rock Shop has launched! - We've rebuilt the entire Solid Rock Shop from the ground up with Digital Downloads, New Products, PayPal and credit card processing, a song search feature and a lot more. Check out what we have on offer!
OCTOBER 3, 2014 - Jordin Sparks covers "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" - American Idol winner and multi-platinum selling artist Jordin Sparks has covered Larry Norman's "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" for the critically panned rapturesploitation flick Left Behind, starring devout actor Nicolas Cage.  Popcorn is available in the lobby. Corn is available on the screen.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 - Larry, Backwards Masking, and Mountain Goats? - John Darnielle, singer of the indie folk rock band Mountain Goats has released his first full-length novel, Wolf in White Van. Darnielle has said the book's structure and title were inspired by backmasked messaging in Larry Norman's 1976 song "Six Sixty Six," in which a lyric played backward sounds like Norman is saying "Wolf in white van."

Martyn Joseph - Working Mother
The original music video for Martyn Joseph`s Working Mother from 1993.
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Billy Graham and Larry King January 1988
Larry King interviews Billy Graham in January, 1988 upon the release of Graham's new book, "Facing Death and The Life After."

15.   Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States and is well remembered for his public persuasion and exemplary economic management during his term from 1993 until 2001. Clinton holds the title as having the longest period of economic expansion during peacetime of any president.
He accomplished a number of reforms regarding welfare and health insurance for children and was active in promoting peace efforts around the world. “He has brought on the greatest prosperity we have ever known and he doesn’t get the credit for it and that’s too bad,” said White House reporter Helen Thomas. His approval rating when he left office was 60%, the highest since World War II.

Larry Norman - Live At The Elsinore - 2005 [FULL]
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1 ---The Great American Novel ----- 01:25 
2 --- Song For A Small Circle Of Friends ----- 07:24 
3 --- Reader's Digest ----- 10:22 
4 --- Let The Rain Fall Down ----- 14:24 
5 --- Six Sixty Six ----- 19:16 

6 ---God Part 3 ----- 22:17 
7 --- The Outlaw ----- 25:02 - (26:54)
Introduces The African Gospel A-Capella Singers ----- 31:45 
8 --- Ba Yo Ne ----- 34:24 

9 ---Lay Your Hand On Me Jesus ----- 38:18 
10 - The Wabbit & The Twain ----- 41:21 
11 - September Song ----- 45:10 
12 - I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today ----- 47:12 
13 - Can't Get That Stuff No More ----- 51:37 
14 - Why Don't You Look Into Jesus? ----- 56:00 
15 - Watch What You're Doing ----- 1:00:10 
16 - Twelve Good Men ----- 1:05:48 

Larry Norman says Farewell ----- 1:08:55 

17 - The Last Time ----- 1:09:46 ---------------------------------------------------

 Musicians: Larry Norman - Guitar Julie Hoy - Vocals Michael Manning - Musical Saw Severin Sisters - Banjo, Mandolin and Cello Frank Black (Black Francis) - Guitar Charles "Charly" Norman - Guitar --------------------------------------------------------

This DVD features Larry Norman live in concert in the northwestern American state of Oregon, during the summer of 2005.

The 17 tracks include a good number of Larry's hits from the '70s including

"The Great American Novel",

 "The Outlaw",

"Reader's Digest",

 "Song For A Small Circle Of Friends",

"Six Sixty Six" and

 the immortal

"Why Don't You Look Into Jesus".

But, there are plenty of lesser-known Norman songs that are just as good.
These include "Let The Rain Fall Down" and "God Part 3". In spite of recent concerns over Larry's health he appears in good voice on this recording, and on a number of solo songs he proves that he is still a virtuoso when it comes to playing rootsy rock music on a Spanish guitar. During the concert Norman is aided and abetted by an incredibly wide range of excellent musicians including the Catholic singer Julie Hoy, Michael Manning and his musical saw plus the superb Severin sisters - twins who play bluegrass banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and cello. As a support act five earnest blind a cappella singers from Liberia sing 'Ba Yo Ne' and 'Lay Your Hands On Me'. But, the ultimate guest star turns out to be Frank Black, the lead singer of The Pixies - credited by many as the source of inspiration for grunge artists such as Pearl Jam and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Larry's fans have grown accustomed, after many years' experience, to expect the unexpected at his concerts.
Hence, the audience are treated to the bizarre sight of the singer in a dinner jacket and bow tie crooning his way through "The September Song" which was a '40s hit for Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Even stranger is Larry's rendition of "The Wabbit & The Twain" which could have been written by the lisping politician Roy Hattersly. Although understandably touted as the Godfather of Contemporary Christian Music Larry and the CCM scene have generally kept a healthy distance from one another over the past 35 years. Judging by this super show reconciliation doesn't look imminent - nor indeed necessary.

Martyn Joseph - The Great American Novel
Album : Whoever It Was That Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home Such a powerful song and makes you think if you ask me .... and I can listen to this song many many times in a row. I love Martyn Joseph since I seen him at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival , great music and a great guy !
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Larry Norman's style of music is very similar to Bob Dylan; and is actually the reason why I started to listen to Dylan. Norman wrote about politics, his dreams, history, and its figures using both comedy and tragedy, and of course God. He has been called the father of christian rock and roll and I feel that that is a very fair title considering how his music is one of the few in christian music that holds up against some of the best in the business, and doing so without neglecting his calling for God. His best tracks were during the were on his 1969 debut, Upon this Rock, and the 70s trilogy Only Visiting this Planet, So Long Ago the Garden and In Another Land as each of those albums are held with esteem for their quality. There are a number of albums beyond the 70s that are very good, 3 in particular that were all decades apart in 1981, 1991 and 2001. Normans discography is extremely comprehensive like Dylan's with countless Bootlegs, Live Albums and compilations featuring alternate versions and unreleased gems and rarities. But still Only Visiting this Planet has 3 of his best Why Don't You Look Into Jesus, Righteous Rocker and I Wish We'd All Been Ready.

Larry Norman: I smoked a lot of marjoweenie; at least once, anyway…
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Robb Levin, member of the band People! and fellow bandmate of Larry Norman, talks about the one time he witnessed Larry inhale.

Trump Takes Control of the FED - Leads the way for other countries to follow - 6th June 2020 - Michael Tellinger

Martyn Joseph - Lonely Like America
Martyn performing Lonely Like America at The Brook in Southampton in November 2010 from his brand new live DVD.due to be released on 28th November but available now to pre order at

How poor people survive in the USA | DW Documentary
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Homelessness, hunger and shame: poverty is rampant in the richest country in the world. Over 40 million people in the United States live below the poverty line, twice as many as it was fifty years ago. It can happen very quickly. Many people in the United States fall through the social safety net. In the structurally weak mining region of the Appalachians, it has become almost normal for people to go shopping with food stamps. And those who lose their home often have no choice but to live in a car. There are so many homeless people in Los Angeles that relief organizations have started to build small wooden huts to provide them with a roof over their heads. The number of homeless children has also risen dramatically, reaching 1.5 million, three times more than during the Great Depression the 1930s. A documentary about the fate of the poor in the United States today. .DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines. Watch high-class documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events. Subscribe and explore the world around you with DW Documentary. 

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James A. Garfield
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Larry Norman - If The Bombs Fall - Music and Words 

20. George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush ranks high on the list of top presidents due to his excellence in crisis leadership, being highly skilled in international relations and for his high moral authority. He served from 1989 until 1993, following eight years as vice president under Ronald Reagan. During his presidency, he oversaw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, and the first Gulf War.
Regarding domestic affairs, he established the Americans With Disablities Act and the Clean Air Act. He was also one of the signatories of the landmark North American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Canada, and Mexico. He and his wife Barbara hold the record for longest presidential marriage. When Barbara Bush passed away in April 2018, they had been married for 73 years.

The background on Larry Norman's song "Baby Out of Wedlock"
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Ex-wife Pamela and Sandi Stonehill offer some insights into Larry Norman's song "Baby Out of Wedlock."

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Ronald Reagan
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James K. Polk
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The Keith Green Story pt 7/7
This is part 7 of 7. "Your Love Broke Through" The story about the life of Keith Green. You can find more info on If you want to buy this DVD go to the online shop and click the button DVD's & Teaching CD's.

16. William McKinley Jr.
William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States and the very last president who served in the Civil War. He served as commander in chief from 1897 until 1901. The 25th president is remembered for leading the US to victory in the Spanish-American War.
He is also known for advancing the US economy and maintaining the gold standard. He was also president when Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines became US territories. McKinley ranks high on C-SPAN’s presidential survey in almost every criteria apart from pursuing equal justice for all.

Ulysses S. Grant
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Larry Norman: The Final Days of Solid Rock Records

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Trailer for the new documentary entitled FALLEN ANGEL: The Outlaw Larry Norman. OR

11 year old Gospel great Keith Green
Gospel great Keith Green as young rock star

14. James K. Polk
James K. Polk served as the 11th President of the United States and scored highest for his crisis leadership and clear vision for the country during his tenure in office from 1845 until 1849. Polk was the first person whose inauguration was covered in the news by telegraph.
Under the leadership of President Polk, the United States reigned victorious in the Mexican-American War and greatly expanded US territory. With the Mexican Cession of 1848, the US expanded its territory to the Pacific Ocean. He also annexed the Republic of Texas during his tenure.

Larry Norman: The Original 'Jesus Freak' Dies
By Dan Wooding
Assist News Service – SALEM, OREGON (ANS) -- Larry Norman, the original “Jesus Freak” died in Salem, Oregon, early on Sunday morning (February 24), after a long battle with heart problems.

With his long blond flowing hair, Norman was a true pioneer of Christian rock music with hits like "Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music" and "I Wish We'd All Been Ready."
For years, he was a permanent fixture on Hollywood Boulevard, where, despite being a star with Capital Records, he would spend his days and nights sharing one-on-on with the lost youth of Hollywood about the love of Jesus Christ.
He is also credited with inventing the "One Way To Jesus" finger-pointing sign.
But in recent years, Larry was battling serious health problems and he finally passed away on Sunday morning.
His death was revealed by his brother Charles Norman who wrote on “Our friend and my wonderful brother Larry passed away at 2:45 Sunday morning. Kristin and I were with him, holding his hands and sitting in bed with him when his heart finally slowed to a stop. We spent this past week laughing, singing, and praying with him, and all the while he had us taking notes on new song ideas and instructions on how to continue his ministry and art.
“Several of his friends got to come and visit with him in the last couple of weeks and were a great source of help and friendship to Larry. Ray Sievers, Derek Robertson, Mike Makinster, Tim and Christine Gilman, Matt and Becky Simmons, Kerry Hopkins, Allen Fleming and a few more. Thank you guys. Larry appreciated your visits very much. And he greatly appreciated the thoughts, wishes, support and prayers that came from all of you Solid Rock friends on a daily basis. Thank you for being part of his small circle of friends over the years.”

Charles said that just before he died, Larry Norman dictated the following message, while Allen Fleming, friend, typed these words into Larry's computer:

“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."
“My brother Charles is right, 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. But still it will be costly because of funeral arrangement, transportation to the gravesite, entombment, coordination, legal papers etc. However money is not really what I need, I want to say I love you."
“I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be a funeral posted here on the 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."

Charles Norman ended his website message with the following:

“Thank you to all of you who were so nice to my brother over the years. Kristin and I will post funeral information in the next day or two. Right now we're not able to function very well, but the whole family is here... our mother Margaret, our sisters Nancy and Kristy, Mike Norman and his new wife Tiffany, and Silver. We miss him beyond words. Thank you for everything. Peace to you all in Christ, Charles Norman”.
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Martyn Joseph - "One Step Up" (Bruce Springsteen) @Concerts At Our House
Concerts At Our House
Martyn Joseph performing at Concerts At Our House in Seattle, WA. September 16, 2011. Martyn's moving and insightful analysis of "One Step Up" begins at 3:30. "But it's the narrative, it's the narrative that's so hauntingly beautiful. Some people might think this is a bar love song. But there is so much more going on here. Come with me on a little journey....You know what I think he did....I think Bruce just went and summed up the human condition.

Larry Norman: Early bandmates speak to Larry's problem of perception
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Geoff & Robb Levin, members of the band People!, speak about their interaction with Larry Norman and the truth about how he was asked to leave the band.

Andrew Jackson
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John Adams
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Keith Green Memorial Concert (Full)
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Keith Green Memorial Concert with introduction by Melody Green. Music at 18:00 minutes. Last Days Ministries

10. Lyndon Baines Johnson
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Lyndon Baines Johnson, or LBJ for short, was the 36th President of the United States and scored high on C-SPAN’s survey for pursuing equal justice for all and keeping good relations with Congress during his time in office from 1963 until 1969.
LBJ scored low for international relations, but what he lacked internationally, he made up for domestically. Johnson passed many domestic laws affecting civil rights, gun laws, and welfare. He passed Social Security into law and expanded Medicare and Medicaid.

Martyn Joseph - Till the End - for the MST
Video of Martyn Joseph singing Till the End in 2002. Filmed in Brazil when he travelled there to find out more about the work of the MST and to raise awareness of their work.

6. Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman served as the 33rd President of the United States and comes in as the sixth best president. He served in the US Army during World War I and took office just after the completion of World War II. He held office from 1945 until 1953.
7. During his time as president, he used his veto power an astounding 180 times. He also holds the title of being the only president to have used nuclear weapons. He ranks high in the categories of crisis leadership, pursuing justice for all and for performance.

Larry Norman and Mike Roe

Two classic rockers playing an acoustic set. From Todd Zeller of Eden Z Films .Check out Mike Roe at or

Larry Norman - FINALé - Live in NYC 2007 [FULL]
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Larry Norman - FINALé - Live in NYC - Full DVD

Track Listing:

1 Intro --- 00:00 
2 PeacePollutionRevolution --- 01:07 
3 ...It's Hard To Know - (Spoken) --- 04:30 
4 Reader's Digest --- 06:14 
5 Up In Canada --- 09:00 
6 The Outlaw --- 12:15 
7 ...Never Volunteer - (Spoken) --- 17:55 
8 ...Following Christ - (Spoken) ---
 9 Song For A Small Circle Of Friends --- 28:07 
10 She's A Dancer --- 31:30 
11 ...John Lennon - (Spoken) --- 34:55 
12 God Part III --- 41:03 
13 ...Hospital - (Spoken) --- 45:28 
14 ...Russia - (Spoken) --- 54:13 15 Six Sixty Six --- 1:08:37 
16 Sweet, Sweet Song Of Salvation --- 1:11:50 
17 Piano Medley --- 1:17:07
 (Songs Include: "I Wish We'd All Been Ready", "I Am A Servant", "One Way", I Don't Believe In Miracles", "Baby Out Of Wedlock", "Love On Haight Street", "Strong Love, Strange Peace".

18 Closing --- 1:32:40

A MOON BROTHERS FILM produced by CUBECITY ENTERTAINMENT, INC. in cooperation with SOLID ROCK, edited by Mann Munoz On August 4th, 2007 Larry performed in New York City in what turned out to be his last official solo concert. On both piano and guitar, Norman played music spanning his entire career, spoke intimately to the audience, and finished the performance with a remarkable medley of some of his most poignant songs. The multi-camera shoot presented on this DVD is a visual document of a very special occasion, Larry's final concert. This concert was just just a little over 6 months before Larry breathed his last and passed on to be with Jesus.
 Larry Norman - Vocals, Guitar and Piano • Dennis "Denny" Fridkin - Bongos, Backup Vocals 
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 Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other: Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be - but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives delivering his "songs of lyrical intelligence" according to BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris.
Larry Norman died on Sunday in America after a long struggle with ill health. He was a unique artist who’s influence across a wide spectrum cannot be measured.
In my early years as a songwriter he was a constant inspiration. I have sung his songs many times and, of course, released his wonderful song ‘The Great American Novel’ as an anthem against the war in Iraq a few years ago. His songs were littered with references to a heaven and a better world. Peace and esteem to him there. x.
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Trailer for the new documentary entitled FALLEN ANGEL: The Outlaw Larry Norman. OR

Larry David Norman
Larry Norman in Ohio, October 2001
Norman (April 8, 1947 – February 24, 2008)[1][2] was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of Christian rock music,[3][4] and released more than 100 albums.

as at 4th November, 2019

Examining Who Runs the United States
Sept. 15, 2015
By Anand Giridharadas   
A former C.I.A. officer with experience in Turkey wrote a provocative essay this summer about the “deep state.” The phrase refers to a parallel “secret government” embedded in the military and intelligence services, whose purpose is to provide a check on electoral democracy.
But Turkey wasn’t the target of the essay, written by Philip Giraldi. He was aiming, as his headline declared, at “Deep State America.” group in 

Larry Norman’s Early life

Larry Norman was born in Corpus Christi, Texas,[5] the oldest son of Joe Hendrex "Joe Billy" Norman (December 9, 1923 – April 28, 1999),[6] and his wife, Margaret Evelyn "Marge" Stout (born in 1925 in Nebraska).[1][7][8] Joe Norman had served as a sergeant in the US Army Air Corps during World War II[9] and worked at the Southern Pacific Railroad[10] while studying to become a teacher.[11] After Norman's birth, the family joined the Southern Baptist church.[12] In 1950 the family moved to San Francisco, where they attended a Black American Pentecostal church and then a Baptist church, where Norman became a Christian at the age of five.[13][14][15][16][17][18] In 1959, Norman performed on the syndicated television show The Original Amateur Hour.[19]

In 1960, Norman's father began teaching in San Jose, California; the family lived in nearby Campbell.[20] Norman graduated from Campbell High School in 1965[20][21][22][23] and won an academic scholarship to major in English at San Jose State College.[24] After one semester, Norman "flunked out of college and lost [his] scholarship".[25]

Although Norman was able to play a variety of musical instruments, he never learned to read or write musical notation.

Larry Norman’s Career
Early bands

While still in high school, Norman formed a group called The Back Country Seven, which included his sister Nancy Jo and friend Gene Mason.[20] After graduating, Norman continued performing locally.
In 1966 Norman opened a concert for People! at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. He later became the band's principal songwriter, sharing lead vocals with his Back Country Seven bandmate Gene Mason.[27] People! performed about 200 concerts a year,[28] appearing with Van Morrison and Them, The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Doors, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Moby Grape, and San Jose bands Syndicate of Sound and Count Five.[4][18][29][30][31] The band's cover of The Zombies' "I Love You" became a hit single, selling over one million copies and charting strongly in several markets.[32] Norman left People! just as Capitol released the band's first album in mid 1968, but reunited with Mason for concerts in 1974 and 2006.[30] According to rock historian Walter Rasmussen, Pete Townshend once said that The Who's 1969 album Tommy was inspired by the rock opera "Epic" by People!;[33][34] however, Townshend has since denied the connection.[28][35]

Hollywood street ministry
Soon after Norman left People!, he had "a powerful spiritual encounter that threw him into a frenzy of indecision about his life [and] for the first time in his life, he received what he understood to be the Holy Spirit".[36]

In July 1968, following a job offer to write musicals for Capitol Records, Norman moved to Los Angeles, where he "spent time sharing the gospel on the streets".[37][38] As he described in 2006: "I walked up and down Hollywood Boulevard several times a day ... witnessing to businessmen and hippies, and to whomever the Spirit led me. I spent all of my Capitol Records' royalties starting a halfway house and buying clothes and food for new converts."[18][39][40] He was initially associated with the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood,[41] and its Salt Company coffee shop outreach ministry,[39][42] where he explored and pioneered the rock-gospel genre.[40][43]

Musical theater
In 1968 Norman wrote several songs for the rock musicals Alison and Birthday for Shakespeare, both of which were performed in Los Angeles.[44][45][46][47][48][49]
The next year, Norman and his friend Teddy Neeley auditioned for the Los Angeles production of the rock musical Hair and were offered the roles of George Berger and Claude Bukowski, respectively; Neeley accepted, but Norman rejected the role of George, despite his own financial struggles, because "of its glorification of drugs and free sex as the answers to today's problems".[50][51] Also in 1969, Norman wrote a musical called Love on Haight Street and a rock opera called Lion's Breath, which led Capitol to re-sign Norman to record an album, with the promise of complete creative control.[52][53][54]

Larry Norman’s Recording Career

In 1969, Capitol Records released Norman's first solo album, Upon This Rock, produced by Hal Yoergler, is now considered to be "the first full-blown Christian rock album".[50][55] Norman was denounced by various television evangelists,[56][57] and Capitol deemed the album a commercial flop and dropped Norman from the label.[58] However, his music gained a large following in the emerging countercultural movements.[59] Sales of the album rose following its distribution in Christian bookstores.[60]
By the early 1970s, Norman was performing frequently for large audiences, and appeared at several Christian music festivals,[42][58][61][62][63][64][65] including Explo '72, a six-day Dallas, Texas, event which has been called the "Jesus Woodstock."[66] Norman established a half-way house where he "housed and fed various groups of people, supervised their Bible studies and drove them to church on Fridays and Sundays".[67] He earned $80 per month from Capitol for polishing and refining songs for Capitol artists.[67] In 1970, Norman established a record label, One Way Records. He released two of his own albums Street Level and Bootleg on the label as well as Randy Stonehill's first album, Born Twice.

In 1971, Norman first visited England, where he lived and worked for several years.[15] He recorded two studio albums, Only Visiting This Planet and So Long Ago the Garden, in London's AIR Studios.[68] Released in 1972, Visiting "was meant to reach the flower children disillusioned by the government and the church" with its "abrasive, urban reality of the gospel", and has often been ranked as Norman's best album.[37] The release of Garden in November 1973 was met with controversy in the Christian press, due to the album's cover art and some songs in which Norman took the persona of a backslider.[55][69][70][71]

In 1974, Norman founded Solid Rock Records to produce records for Christian artists "who didn't want to be consumed by the business of making vinyl pancakes but who wanted to make something 'non-commercial' to the world".[70][72][73][74] Norman produced music on the label for artists including Randy Stonehill, Mark Heard and Tom Howard.[75] Norman also worked with several artists who were signed to other labels, including Malcolm and Alwyn, Bobby Emmons and the Crosstones, Lyrix, James Sundquist and David Edwards.[76][77][78] Norman signed a deal with ABC Records to distribute Solid Rock's releases, but was later moved to ABC subsidiary Word Records.[16][79] In the same year, Norman founded the Christian artist booking agency Street Level Artists Agency.[70][80][81][82]

In Another Land, the third album in Norman's trilogy and the best-selling album of his career, was released in 1976 by Solid Rock and distributed through Word.[83][84] Soon afterward, Norman recorded the blues-rock concept album Something New under the Son, but it would not be released until 1981.[55][85][86][87] Following clashes with Word over Something New and several other projects, Norman started Phydeaux Records in 1980 to release his albums.[88][89]

In 1978, Norman was injured during a plane landing at Los Angeles International Airport.[16][88] Norman claimed to have suffered mild brain damage due to being hit by parts of the cabin's roof, and that this damage left him unable to complete projects and focus artistically.[16][82][90] William Ayers wrote in 1991: "As family, friends and fans watched, his life spiraled downward. He was unable to record a bonafide album from the time of his airplane accident in 1978 until ... he attempted to release the badly produced Home At Last [recorded in 1986]. He never expected to be healed."[91]

In September 1979, Norman performed his "The Great American Novel", "a Dylanesque protest song", for U.S. president Jimmy Carter and about 1,000 guests at the Old Fashioned Gospel Singin' concert held on the south lawn of the White House.[92]

Following a prolonged dispute with Solid Rock artists Daniel Amos, which ended in estrangement,[93][94] Solid Rock's business manager and several Solid Rock musicians organized an intervention with Norman in June 1980, which led him to begin closing the company.[82][95][96] Religious history professor Randall Ballmer attributed the company's demise to "idealism, marital difficulties, and financial naivete -- as well as changing musical tastes."[97]

In late 1980, Norman moved to England and, with his father, founded Phydeaux Records, a company designed to compete with the bootleg market by selling rarities from Norman's own archives.[88][90][98][99][100][101] He signed a distribution deal with British label Chapel Lane and released several albums before returning to the United States in 1985.[98][102][103][104][105][106][107][108] Norman then began work on an anthology project celebrating his career in Christian music, beginning with the album White Blossoms from Black Roots: The History and the Chronology: Volume One;[109][110] however, the project collapsed when the head of the distribution company was arrested for check forgery and the company's merchandise was seized by the FBI.[109][111]

Norman signed to Benson Records in 1986 and recorded the album Home At Last, although the album was not released until 1989 due to legal problems.[112][113] Despite extensive promotion, the album was negatively reviewed, and Norman himself later dismissed the album as "just a collection of tapes I had", although he said separately that he was "extremely happy" with the level of support he'd received from Benson.[90][114][115] In 1989, Norman received the Christian Artists' Society Lifetime Achievement Award.[91][116]

While visiting another musician at the close of a February 1991 tour, Norman received prayer for his long-term health problems from a pastor of London's Elim Way Fellowship.[15][117] Norman maintained that through this prayer God repaired the damage to his brain and he was able to function again.[15][16] That year, he collaborated with his brother Charles on the album Stranded in Babylon, hailed by both critics and fans as one of his best.[16][73][118][119][120] They would reunite for the 2001 album Tourniquet.[121][122]

Norman continued to perform and release albums throughout his later years in order to raise funds for medical expenses stemming from heart problems.[123][124] He gave his last official concert on August 4, 2007, in New York City.

Relationship with the church and Christian music industry
Throughout his career, Norman had a contentious relationship with the wider Christian church and with the Christian music industry. He wrote in September 2007, "I love God and I follow Jesus but I just don't have much affinity for the organized folderol of the churches in the Western World."[125] Norman's music addressed a wide range of social issues, such as politics, free love, the occult, the passive commercialism of wartime journalists, and religious hypocrisy, that were outside the scope of his contemporaries.[126] Defending the confrontational approach of his music, Norman said, "My primary emphasis is not to entertain. But if your art is boring, people will reject your message as well as your art."[127] In the 1980s, he complained that Christian music generally meant "sloppy thinking, dishonest metaphors and bad poetry," and that he had "never been able to get over the shock of how bad the lyrics are."[128]
Norman disapproved of Christian musicians who were unwilling to play in secular venues or to "preach" between songs.[129] He also criticized what he saw as the "commercialization of Christian music in America",[128] including the role of copyrights and licensing.[38]

Larry Norman's Influence
In 2008, Christian rock historian John J. Thompson wrote, "It is certainly no overstatement to say that Larry Norman is to Christian music what John Lennon is to rock & roll or Bob Dylan is to folk music."[130] Thompson credited Norman for his impact on the genre as a musician, a producer, and a businessman.[55][131] Steve Camp,[132] Carolyn Arends,[133] Bob Hartman,[134] TobyMac,[135] Mark Salomon,[136] Martyn Joseph,[61] and Steve Scott[137] have credited Norman as influences. Black Francis of the Pixies is also a fan of Norman's work.[3][138][139][140] Over 300 artists have covered songs by Norman.[141]

Larry Normans’ Awards and Honours
1973: One of three named as Best New Male Artist of the year by Cashbox.[142]
1989: Awarded the Christian Artists' Society Lifetime Achievement Award in a surprise ceremony at Estes Park, Colorado.[91][116]
1990: CCM magazine voted Only Visiting This Planet as "the second-greatest Christian album ever recorded".[143]
2001: Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.[144]
2001: Only Visiting This Planet was selected as the No. 2 album in CCM Magazine's The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.[145]
2004: Voted into the CCM Hall of Fame by readers of CCM Magazine.[146]
2007: Inducted into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame, both as a member of People!, and as a solo artist. At that time Norman reunited for a concert with People![147]
2008: Honored at the 39th GMA Dove Award ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.[148]
2009: Honored in a tribute segment at the Grammy Awards.[149]
2013: Only Visiting This Planet was one of 25 sound recordings inducted for 2013 into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, that preserves as "cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures, representing the richness and diversity of the American soundscape."[150] A statement by the Library of Congress called the album "the key work in the early history of Christian rock," describing Norman as one who "commented on the world as he saw it from his position as a passionate, idiosyncratic outsider to mainstream churches."[151]

Larry Norman’s Family

Norman married actress and model Pamela Fay Ahlquist in December 1971.[152][153] They separated in 1978 and divorced in September 1980.[154][155]
In April 1982, Norman married Sarah Mae Finch.[156] However, another source indicates this was in April 1984[157] Finch had previously been married to Randy Stonehill from 1975 to 1980.[158] The two had first met at a religious retreat in 1969.[39][159] Their only child, Michael David Fariah Finch Norman, was born in August 1985.[16][160][161][162] The couple divorced in 1995.[163]
In 2008, the Christian magazine World reported that Norman had allegedly fathered a son with an Australian woman during a 1988 tour.[164][165]

Larry Norman’s Coronary Issues and Death
In February 1992, Norman suffered a nine-hour heart attack that resulted in permanent heart damage, leading to frequent hospitalizations in the years that followed.[18][161] By early 1995, Norman had been hospitalized thirteen times and had a defibrillator implant, which enabled him to perform occasional small concerts.[15][123]
After a lengthy illness, Norman died on February 24, 2008, at the age of 60 at his home in Salem, Oregon.[166][167][168] The previous day he had posted on his website:
“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 ... I want to say I love you. I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort ... Goodbye, farewell, we will meet again.[169]”
Following a public memorial on March 1 at the Church on the Hill in Turner, Oregon, Norman was buried in Salem's City View Cemetery. His tombstone reads: "Larry Norman / Evangelist Without Portfolio / 1947–2008 / Bloodstained Israelite".[167][170]

Fallen Angel documentary
Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman: A Bible Story is a controversial 2008 documentary on Norman's life by filmmaker David Di Sabatino. Fallen Angel includes interviews with several people who had worked with or been close to Norman thirty years earlier, including his first wife and Randy Stonehill, who recorded the film's official soundtrack, Paradise Sky.[171][172][173]
Norman and his second wife had refused to participate or cooperate in the project.[171][174] A cease and desist notice initiated by Norman's family temporarily prevented the film's public screening, and prompted Di Sabatino to file his own lawsuit against Solid Rock in March 2009.[175] Four months later, the case was settled out of court, allowing the film to be shown.[175][176] While interviewing Stonehill, Cross Rhythms' Mike Rimmer said the film portrayed Norman as "Machiavellian, particularly in his dealings with his artists."[174]

Norman's Solid Rock Records was said to have ended when, "Things finally fell apart in 1979, after it was discovered Larry was cheating on his wife – and having an affair with Randy's wife",[95] a claim Norman's brother denies.[177] Gregory Alan Thornbury's biography of Norman proposes an alternate date and reason for Solid Rock Records being wound up and the artists released from their contracts. Word Records signalled they planned to end their relationship with Solid Rock due to poor sales performances of a few of the albums and the infrequent nature of releases being delivered by the label and this news led to a breakdown in the working and personal relationship between Larry Norman and Philip Mangano in May 1980. Some discussions had already begun about certain artists being released from their contracts prior to the meeting on June 17, 1980, which was called to "clear up the relationship between Solid Rock and Street Level Artists Agency, and to deal with Daniel Amos' request to have all their contracts back from Solid Rock — management, recording, tapes, publishing, and so on" and which ended two hours later in stalemate and acrimony rather than resolution

Larry Norman’s Select Discography
Since the 1960s, Norman's work has appeared on over 100 albums, compilations, and concert bootlegs. These recordings have been released under various labels and with various artists. Some of his principal albums are:
Upon This Rock (1969)
Street Level (1970)
Bootleg (1972)
Only Visiting This Planet (1972)
So Long Ago the Garden (1973)
In Another Land (1976)
Something New under the Son (1981)
Home at Last (1989)
Stranded in Babylon (1991)
Tourniquet (2001)

Larry Norman’s Autobiography
The Long Road Home: Vaudeville, Dancing and How My Mother Met My Father. Salem, OR: Solid Rock Publications, 2007.

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^ "Elvis, Albertina and Larry Among Chosen People In Gospel Music Hall of Fame". Retrieved November 26, 2014.
^ Granger, Thom (2001). The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. Harvest House. ISBN 0-7369-0281-3.
^ "Larry Norman". CCM Magazine. Retrieved October 5, 2014.[permanent dead link]
^ Quillen, Shay (October 17, 2007). "Local legends on stage". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved December 27, 2007.
^ Longoria, Richard (April 24, 2008). "Dove Awards". KIII. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008.
^ "News: Larry Norman honored at Grammy Awards". Larry February 8, 2009. Archived from the original on November 22, 2009. Retrieved October 5,2014.
^ "Hallelujah, the 2013 National Recording Registry Reaches 400". The Library of Congress. April 2, 2014.
^ "Christian rock pioneer's album added to National Recording Registry". The Washington Post. April 3, 2014. Archived from the original on April 3, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
^ Minnesota Marriage Collection, 1958–2001, Groom Index 1970 through 1975, page J01.
^ "Model Doubles as Charm School, Bible Teacher". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. May 17, 1978. p. C2.
^ Newcomb, Brian Quincy (June 1989). "Larry Norman: The Long Journey Home". Club Exit eZine. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
^ California Divorce Index, 1966–1984, Divorce Index, page 16574
^ "Strait interview". Cluttered Soul: The Words of Larry Norman. 1984. Archived from the original on November 22, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
^ Wroe, Martin (October 1984). "Strait Magazine: The Height of Norman Wisdom". Larry Norman UK. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
^ Donaldson, Devlin. "Randy Stonehill : Life Between The Glory & The Flame". Retrieved November 26, 2014.
^ "Larry Norman telling story about Randy and Sarah pt 1". Retrieved October 5, 2014 – via YouTube.
^ "The Edited IRC Interview". Only April 6, 1996. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
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^ Thornbury, Gregory Alan (2018). Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music: Larry Norman & The Perils of Christian Rock. Convergent Books. pp. 180–202.

Larry Norman’s Bibliography
Alfonso, Barry. The Billboard Guide to Contemporary Christian Music. New York: Billboard Books, 2002.
Baker, Frank. Contemporary Christian Music: Where It Came From, What It Is, Where It's Going. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1985.
Cusic, Don. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music: Pop, Rock, and Worship. (ABC-CLIO, 2009).
Frank, Josh Caryn Ganz. Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Named Pixies. St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Howard, Jay R. and John M. Streck. "Contemporary Christian Music: Where Rock Meets Religion". The Journal of Popular Culture 26:1 (March 5, 2004).
Norman, Larry. Blue Book. 1989. Released with Home At Last album.
Norman, Larry. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music Songbook. Los Angeles, CA: One Way, 1972.
Powell, Mark Allan. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2002.
Ruppli, Michel and Ed Novitsky. The MGM Labels: A Discography, 1961–1982 Vol. 2. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998.
Stowe, David W. No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism. UNC Press Books, 2011.
Thompson, John J. Raised by Wolves: The Story of Christian Rock & Roll ECW, 2000.

Further reading on Larry Norman
Taylor, Jeff, and Chad Israelson. The Political World of Bob Dylan: Freedom and Justice, Power and Sin. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. (chapters 5 and 6) ISBN 978-1349952298
Thornbury, Gregory Alan. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock. Convergent Books, March 20, 2018. ISBN 110190707X
Birth name:  Larry David Norman
Born: April 8, 1947
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Origin: San Jose, California, United States
Died: February 24, 2008 (aged 60)
Salem, Oregon, United States
Genres:  Rock, Christian rock, Jesus music
Years active: 1966–2007
· Capitol
· MGM/Verve
· Solid Rock
· Phydeaux

Associated acts
People!, Randy Stonehill, Back Country Seven

18. Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson ranks high on the list of US presidents mainly due to his abilities in public persuasion and his skill in crisis leadership while in office from 1829 until 1837. He holds the title of being the only US president who was a prisoner of war because he was taken captive by the British during the Revolutionary War when he was 13
He remains the only president to manage to pay off the national debt and successfully prevented South Carolina from seceding from the Union. Although Andrew Jackson appears on the 20 dollar bill, he was against the use of paper money, preferring the use of gold and silver instead.

Martyn Joseph & Show of Hands - Cardiff Bay. Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2011
Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Martyn Joseph & Show of Hands - Cardiff Bay Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2011 Martyn played a truly memorable set the main stage of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival on Sunday 28th August. He was joined by old friends Steve Knightley and Phil Beer for a superb reading of 'Cardiff Bay' This is from the footage from the feed that was sent to the screens in the main stage and also webcast as a live event.

36. Herbert Hoover
The 31st US President Herbert Hoover was president during one of the most difficult times in American History. Originally from Iowa and then Oregon, he attended Stanford University the first year it opened in 1891 and married his college sweetheart, Lou Henry. Before entering politics, much of his time was spent working abroad in China. He was in Europe when World War I broke out and gained recognition for helping evacuate about 120,000 American tourists who were in France and Germany at the time.
During his term from 1929 until 1933, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. Despite the trying circumstances, he tried several tactics to help the country. Hoover attempted to lower taxes and tried to convince businesses to retain their employees during the downturn. However, change comes slowly and he was forced to hold strong amid the worst economy the country has ever experienced.

Promotional Video Three of the film- The Great American Novel
The Great American Novel - The Song - Written and Sung by Larry Norman -​​

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Martyn Joseph Cardiff Bay On My Way Cropredy 2010

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Larry Norman and war over 'Christian' music
Published Apr 28, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: First of two columns about Larry Norman and "Christian" rock.
When Larry Norman released "Upon This Rock" in 1969, its rock-star sizzle and blunt faith put the album in the soundtrack for millions of lives as the "Jesus Movement" revival surged onto the cover of Time magazine.
Music industry pros were used to hearing The Beatles on Capitol Records. Now there was a longhaired guy on the same label belting out: "Sing that sweet, sweet song of salvation to every man and every nation. Sing that sweet, sweet song of salvation and let the people know that Jesus cares."
Norman's work did more than shake up church youth meetings. His early success convinced some Gospel music executives to turn up the drums and guitar solos. Soon, "Contemporary Christian Music" grew into a billion-dollar industry with its own written and unwritten rules.

Now it was time for Norman to freak out Christians as much as he did secular-music people in the early years when he shared concert bills with Janis Joplin, The Doors, The Who and others. What were Christian radio stations supposed to do with "The Great American Novel," a song that addressed racism, war, poverty and other hot-button topics?
"You kill a black man at midnight just for talking to your daughter, then you make his wife your mistress and you leave her without water," sang Norman. "And the sheet you wear upon your face is the sheet your children sleep on, at every meal you say a prayer; you don't believe but still you keep on."
Norman "overloaded lots of people's circuits" and, eventually, even his own, according to philosopher Gregory Alan Thornbury, author of a new biography named after one of Norman's most famous tunes – "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" The subtitle hints at future darkness: "Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock." Norman died in 2008 at the age of 60.
Thornbury calls Norman the "Forrest Gump," a true "holy fool," of American evangelicalism. The scholar – and guitar player – doesn't hide Norman's struggles in business and his private life, adding a painful backstory to a career that put the singer shoulder to shoulder with everyone from the Rev. Billy Graham to President Jimmy Carter, and lots of colorful people in between. As a young man, Vice President Mike Pence was born again at a Christian rock festival – headlined by Norman.
"Larry thought he could sing about whatever he wanted to sing about," said Thornbury, best known as chancellor of The King's College in New York City (where I teach journalism).
"But a song like 'Sweet, Sweet Song of Salvation' was not written as a campfire song for church youth groups. Larry Norman would stand on the corner of Sunset Boulevard with a guitar and sing that song to hippies, hookers, drug dealers and homeless guys. … He was as comfortable there as anywhere else."
This created a cultural and commercial wall into which Norman crashed, time after time. Early on, Paul McCartney advised Norman, "You could be famous if you'd just drop the God stuff." Later, noted Thornbury, even Billy Graham advised Norman that there might be too much Christian content in his music. Perhaps he could be a bit subtler, in an attempt to attract unbelievers?
During a time of deep discouragement, Norman reached out to the famous Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer, describing his artistic struggles. Among the mountains of private journals and correspondence examined by Thornbury – with the blessings of the singer's family – there was this reply to Norman.
"I am sorry that you have had a hard time with the Christian music world," wrote Schaeffer. "I understand the walls that have to be smashed and that sometimes it is a lonely walk. … I feel we have a double responsibility. We must say that Christ is the Lord of the whole world and therefore we do not have to make everything into a tract, and yet looking at the wounded world we do have a responsibility, that each of us is a 'teller' in our own place."
Norman kept straining at that leash. At one point, he told rock journalist Robert Thoreaux: "The sad irony of almost all Christian music is that it preaches salvation to people who already have it, while the people who need the message usually don't hear it."

30. Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president of the United States and served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He ranks at number 30 on the list of greatest US presidents, primarily for excelling at international relations and for his good working relationship with Congress while in office from 1889 to 1893. His nickname while in office was “Little Ben”.
Harrison is well remembered for advocating and enforcing voting rights for African Americans. He was also responsible for admitting the following western states into the Union: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming. Harrison was the great grandson and namesake of founding father Benjamin Harrison and remains the only president to also have a grandfather serve as president of the United States, William Henry Harrison or “Old Tippecanoe”.

The Collapse of the American Empire?
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The Agenda welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, who over the past decade and a half has made his name as a columnist, activist and author. He's been a vociferous public critic of presidents on both sides of the American political spectrum, and his latest book, 'America, the Farewell Tour,' is nothing short of a full-throated throttling of the political, social, and cultural state of his country.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Larry Norman - Sitting In My Kitchen -Music and Lyrics 

martyn joseph - have an angel walk with her
just cos tis a beautiful song and couldn't find it easily elsewhere. No proper vid, just enjoy the music! and no i have no rights to share it so hope it's ok i am and here's the lyrics cos i know you lot like to sing along at home: I cherish the ground you walk upon When you look up I stare you down But it's not we who hurt the most Father son and holy ghost Free in my thinking but slave to my thoughts I am, I am Have an angel walk with her And the demons stay with me Some who walk this earth Are not meant to be free I curse the hold you have on me I'd walk the ocean to be free I want to taste the very kiss Of all the good things that I miss Free in my thinking but slave to my thoughts I am, I am So have an angel walk with her And the demons stay with me Some who walk this earth Are not meant to be free Have an angel walk with her (Some who walk this earth) are not meant to be free I have laid awake calling out your name I have laid myself open to the blame But I've got to say I have to ask Who on earth would set this task? So have an angel walk with her And the demons stay with me... Some who walk this earth are not meant, are not meant to be free Well have an angel walk with her And the demons stay with me And keep walking Cos some who walk this earth are not meant to be free Have an angel walk with her Angel walk with her Cool huh? Potty Pumpkin x

Larry Norman - Christmastime - Music and Lyrics 

Randy stonehill Keith Green story
John Phipps
Randy Stonehill in concert at Concord UMC Beaver Falls PA. Sharing a story about writing Love Broke Through with Keith Green. Jan 29th 2017

Theodore Roosevelt
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17. James Madison
James Madison, also known as the father of the constitution, was the fourth president of the United States and a Founding Father. Madison comes in at number 17 for his high moral authority and his superb performance during his two terms from 1809 until 1817. He led the country through the War of 1812 and called for beefing up the military, government powers, and establishing a national bank.
Madison was highly intelligent, completing college in just two years. He was also the first graduate student at Princeton University. His wife Dolley was instrumental in defining the role of first lady. She was the first to take an active role in the White House by redecorating and leading a public outreach program for orphans.

George Washington
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35. Chester Arthur
Chester Arthur, the 21st president, was the son of Irish immigrants who moved to Vermont, where he was born. People said that he “looked like a president”, although he didn’t become president in until after the assassination of President James Garfield in 1881, under whom he was the vice president. One of the major accomplishments during his presidency from 1881 until 1885 was making the Pendleton Act a law.
The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act changed the face of government jobs by making sure that people earn federal government jobs through a merit-based system, separate form political affiliation. The act started the use of exams for government jobs. During his presidency, he also enacted the country’s first immigration law at the federal level, which aimed to stop “paupers, criminals, and lunatics” from immigrating.

Larry Norman - Home at Last (1989) - My Feet Are On The Rock

19. John Adams
John Adams, one of the founding fathers of America, was the second president of the United States. He is best remembered for his resolution of the conflict with France and building up of the army and navy during his term from 1797 until 1801.
John Adams is commonly known as “the father of the American Navy.” He scored highest on international relations, moral authority and crisis leadership. Adams only served one term as president and was succeeded by Thomas Jefferson.

Larry Norman...PT1
Larry being interview on a christian tv show

JFK: What the CIA Hides
NOVEMBER 22, 2019
Counter Punch
Photograph Source: Abbie Rowe – Public Domain

When I launched JFK Facts, a blog about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in 2012, I was often asked by strangers, “So who killed JFK?”  “I don’t know,” I shrugged. “It’s too early to tell.” Given that the handsome liberal president had been shot dead a half-century before, my answer was a lame joke based on an apocryphal story. Henry Kissinger once said that when he asked Zhou Enlai, “What was the effect of the French Revolution on world history?” the Chinese statesmen replied, “It’s too early to tell.”

True to Kissingerian form, the story turns out to be not exactly true. Zhou was actually responding to a question about France’s political convulsions in 1968, not 1789. But Kissinger’s spin on the anecdote struck me as perceptive. The meaning of a great historical event might take a long time–a very long time–to become apparent. I didn’t want to jump to conclusions about the causes of JFK’s murder in downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963.

It’s still too early to tell. Fifty six years after the fact, historians and JFK researchers do not have access to all of the CIA’s files on the subject The 1964 Warren Commission report exonerated the agency with its conclusion that Kennedy was killed by one man alone.  But the agency was subsequently the subject of five official JFK investigations, which cast doubt on its findings.

The Senate’s Church Committee investigation showed that the Warren Commission knew nothing of CIA assassination operations in 1963. JFK records released in the last 20 years show the Commission’s attorneys had no real understanding the extensive counterintelligence monitoring of Lee Harvey Oswald before JFK was killed. We now know that senior operations officers, including counterintelligence chief James Angleton, paid far closer attention to the obscure Oswald as he made his way to Dallas than the investigators were ever told.

To be sure, there is no proof of CIA complicity in JFK’s death. And  conspiracy theories spouted by the likes of the Alex  Jones and James Fetzer deserve no attention. The fact remains some of the most astute power players of 1963–including Lyndon Johnson, Charles DeGaulle, Fidel Castro, and Jackie and Robert Kennedy–concluded that JFK was killed by his enemies, and not by one man alone.  Did these statesmen get it wrong, and the under-informed Warren Commission get it right?

The new documentary, Truth is the Only Client, says yes. The film, shown last month in the auditorium of the U.S. Capitol, features interviews with numerous former Warren Commission staffers. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who served as a fact checker for the Commission in 1964, defends the lone gunman conclusion, saying, “You have to look at the new evidence and when you do, I come to the same conclusion.”

Justice Breyer, oddly, passes judgment on evidence he has not seen. The record of the CIA’s role in the events leading JFK’s assassination is far from complete. In 2013 I reported on JFK Facts that Delores Nelson CIA’s information coordinator had stated in a sworn affidavit filed in federal court, that the agency retained 1,100 assassination-related records that had never been made public.

A small portion of this material was released in 2017, including new details about the opening of the CIA’s first Oswald file in October 1959.

Yet thousands of JFK files remain secret.  According to the latest figures from the National Archives, a total of 15,834 JFK files remain fully or partially classified, most of them held by the CIA and FBI. Thanks to an October 2017 order from President Trump, these documents will not be made public until October 2021, at the earliest.

The assumption of Justice Breyer and many others is that any and all unseen CIA material must exonerate the agency. It’s an odd conclusion. If the CIA has nothing to hide, why is it hiding so much? While 95 percent of the still-secret files probably are trivial, the remaining 5 percent—thousands of pages of material–are historically pregnant.  If made public, they could clarify key questions in the long-running controversy about JFK’s death.

These questions have been raised most concisely by Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a career CIA officer who served in senior positions. Now a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, Mowatt-Larssen has implicated his former employer in the Dallas ambush. In a presentation at Harvard last December, Mowatt-Larssen hypothesized that a plot to kill JFK emanated from the CIA’s station in Miami where disgruntled Cuban exiles and undercover officers loathed JFK for his failure to overthrow Castro’s government in Cuba.

Mowatt-Larssen has yet to publish his presentation and documentation, so I can’t say if he’s right or wrong. But he asks the right question: “How can intelligence operational and analytical modus operandi help unlock a conspiracy that has remained unsolved for 55 years?” And he focuses on the right place to dig deeper: the CIA’s Miami office, known as WAVE station.

My own JFK questions involve George Joannides, a decorated undercover officer who served as branch chief in the Miami station in 1963. He ran psychological warfare operations against Cuba. In 2003, I sued the CIA for Joannides’ files. The lawsuit ended 15 years later in July 2018, when Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in his last opinion before ascending to the Supreme Court, tossed my case. Kavanaugh declared the agency deserved “deference upon deference” in its handling of Freedom of Information Act requests about JFK files.

Nonetheless, my lawsuit illuminated the extraordinary sensitivity of the psy-ops Joannides ran out of WAVE station. As reported in the New York Times, Fox News, Associated Press, and Politico, Morley v. CIA forced disclosure of the fact Joannides had received the CIA’s Career Intelligence Medal  in 1981. The honor came two years after he stonewalled the House Select Committee on Assassination about what he knew of Oswald’s contacts with pro-and anti-Castro Cubans in the summer and fall of 1963.

I believe Joannides was honored because he concealed the existence of an authorized covert operation involving Oswald that has never been publicly acknowledged. In CIA lingo, Joannides protected the agency’s “sources and methods” concerning Oswald.  And he might have done more. His actions may have also shielded other officers who knew of a scheme to kill the liberal president and lay the blame on Cuba.
Never been seen by JFK investigators, they contain details about his Joannides’ undercover work in Miami in 1963, when he funded Oswald’s antagonists among the anti-Castro Cuban exiles. They also detail his work in 1978, when he duped chief investigator Robert Blakey and the House Select Committee on Assassination. These records, the agency says, cannot be released in 2019 without risk of “irreversible harm” to national security.

It’s a bizarre claim, at odds with the law. These ancient documents, all of them more than 40 years old, meet the statutory definition of “assassination-related,” according to federal judge John Tunheim. He chaired the Assassination Records Review Board which oversaw the declassification of 4 million pages of JFK files between 1994 and 2017.  In an interview, Tunheim told me that, under the terms of the 1992 JFK Records Act, the Joannides files are subject to mandatory review and release. “It’s a no-brainer,” he said.
Yet the files remain off-limits to the public. Thanks to the legal consensus, articulated by Justices Kavanaugh and Breyer, the CIA enjoys “deference upon deference” when it comes to the JFK assassination story. As a result, the JFK Records Act has been flouted. The public’s interest in full disclosure has been thwarted.

Yet legitimate questions persist: Did a plot to kill JFK originate in the agency’s Miami station as Mowatt-Larssen suggests? The fact that the CIA won’t share the evidence that could answer the CIA man’s question is telling.
So these days, when people ask me who killed JFK, I say the Kennedy was probably victimized by enemies in his own government, possibly including CIA officers involved in anti-Castro and counterintelligence operations. I have no smoking gun, no theory. Just look at the suspicious fact pattern, still shrouded in official secrecy, and it’s easy to believe that JFK was, as Mowatt-Larssen puts it, “marked for assassination.”

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The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton.

 The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton Paperback – October 30, 2018

by Jefferson Morley  (Author)


"The best book ever written about the strangest CIA chief who ever lived." - Tim Weiner, National Book Award-winning author of Legacy of Ashes

A revelatory new biography of the sinister, powerful, and paranoid man at the heart of the CIA for more than three tumultuous decades.

CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton was one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States government in the mid-20th century, a ghost of American power. From World War II to the Cold War, Angleton operated beyond the view of the public, Congress, and even the president. He unwittingly shared intelligence secrets with Soviet spy Kim Philby, a member of the notorious Cambridge spy ring. He launched mass surveillance by opening the mail of hundreds of thousands of Americans. He abetted a scheme to aid Israel’s own nuclear efforts, disregarding U.S. security. He committed perjury and obstructed the JFK assassination investigation. He oversaw a massive spying operation on the antiwar and black nationalist movements and he initiated an obsessive search for communist moles that nearly destroyed the Agency.

In The Ghost, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley tells Angleton’s dramatic story, from his friendship with the poet Ezra Pound through the underground gay milieu of mid-century Washington to the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate scandal. From the agency’s MKULTRA mind-control experiments to the wars of the Mideast, Angleton wielded far more power than anyone knew. Yet during his seemingly lawless reign in the CIA, he also proved himself to be a formidable adversary to our nation’s enemies, acquiring a mythic stature within the CIA that continues to this day.

Editorial Reviews

“The best book ever written about the strangest CIA chief who ever lived. No screenwriter or novelist could conjure a character like Angleton, but Morley's stellar reporting and superb writing animate every page of this work. It's essential history and highly entertaining biography.” --Tim Weiner, National Book Award–winning author of Legacy of Ashes

“The Ghost is the compulsively readable, often bizarre true-life story of American spymaster James Jesus Angleton. Capturing the extent of Angleton’s eccentricity, duplicity and alcohol-fueled paranoia would have challenged the writing skills of a Le Carre or Ludlum, and Jeff Morley has done it with flair.” - Philip Shenon, author of A Cruel and Shocking Act

"James Angleton's real life is the most intriguing, moving, and at times shocking spy story in American history. In The Ghost, Jeff Morley has captured the man in all his brilliant and sometimes delusional eccentricity. Angleton is woven through many of the strangest episodes of the 1950s and 60s--including the Kennedy assassination--in what was invisible thread, until Morley's book. A 'must read' for anyone who wants to understand just how strange and secretive the CIA was at the height of the Cold War." --David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Director

“Americans are finally coming to know the Cold War spymasters and other hidden figures who lived their lives in secrecy while shaping our national destiny. The Ghost reveals a fascinating chapter of this hidden history. It is a chilling look at the global power that is wielded in Washington by people who are never known―until a book comes out to spill their secrets.” –Stephen Kinzer, author of The Brothers
“Anyone interested in the CIA should not fail to read The Ghost. I encountered James Angleton time and again, not only in the course of research but, one memorable evening, literally. I say ‘memorable,’ but only because―amongst hundreds of interviews I have conducted―he indeed came over as a phantom, seemingly cooperative yet always inscrutable. Nobody has focused on him, mined what can be mined, as Jefferson Morley has now done. Essential reading for anyone intrigued by the vital mysteries of U.S. intelligence at a pivotal time in our history.” –Anthony Summers, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Eleventh Day

“[Morley] does a fine job of filleting out [Angleton’s] talents and charisma from the dark deeds he committed…Morley adeptly builds a picture of a spymaster weaving a web in which his concept of duty gradually eroded his moral sense.” - Ben Macintyre, The Times of London

“A page-turning biography of an eccentric spy hunter...In Angleton, [Morley] has a character beyond the imagination of John LeCarré, perhaps even of Patricia Highsmith.” - StarTribune

"Scintillating... [the book] delves into an important and rarely visited terrain." - Mondoweiss

"Essential reading for anyone interested in how our intelligence network operated during the Cold War." -

"The Ghost, Jefferson Morley’s shrewd account of Angleton’s career as Langley’s counterintelligence chief from 1954 to 1975, shows the harm that can be done by an energetic spook who is permitted grossly excessive latitude." - New York Review of Books

About the Author

JEFFERSON MORLEY is a journalist and editor who has worked in Washington journalism for over thirty years, fifteen of which were spent as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post. The author of Our Man in Mexico, a biography of the CIA’s Mexico City station chief Winston Scott, Morley has written about intelligence, military, and political subjects for Salon,

The Atlantic, and The Intercept, among others.

He is the editor of JFK Facts, a blog. He lives in Washington, DC.

40. Warren G. Harding- FPG / Keystone View Company / Archive Photos / Getty Images

7. Thomas Jefferson
Founding Father Thomas Jefferson comes in at number seven on the list of best presidents. He served as the nation’s third president from 1801 until 1809 and was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson orchestrated the Louisiana Purchase with France, doubling the territory of the United States. He was also an advocate of religious freedom and tolerance. Jefferson only falls short in one category of the survey, and that’s pursuing equal justice for all.f

21. John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States, serving from 1825 until 1829 and was the son of president and Founding Father, John Adams. He ranks high for having a strong vision for the country and for his devotion to ensuring that all Americans were treated equally.
Adams was vehemently anti-slavery. According to him, he was “the acutest, the astutest, the archest enemy of southern slavery that ever existed.” President Adams was also a big advocate of nonintervention policies, staying out of European politics. He was also against the annexation of Texas. Fun Fact: The oldest surviving photo of a president is of John Quincy Adams in 1843, when he was 76 years old.

John Tyler
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Lyndon Baines Johnson
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27. Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge was first vice president, then took over after President Warren Harding’s death in 1923. He won the 1924 presidential election and served until 1929. Coolidge was a big advocate of small government and laissez-faire foreign policy. When he left office, he was quite popular. Many viewed his presidency as a time when dignity was restored to the position, since the White House had been marred by several years of scandals.
Calving Coolidge had a soft-spoken demeanor, but fought for what he believed was right. He was a firm supporter of racial equality and civil rights, though his efforts did not always get approval from the rest of the government. Such was the case when he advocated to make lynching a federal crime. He did, however, pass the Indian Citizenship Act, which gave citizenship to all Native Americans on reservations. “He embodied the spirit and hopes of the middle class, could interpret their longings and express their opinions. That he did represent the genius of the average is the most convincing proof of his strength,” his biographer wrote.

Grover Cleveland
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Written by Steve on July 30, 2010 in Christianity, Jesus Movement

I just had a chance to watch the new documentary on the life of Larry Norman titled Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman. Its created and produced by David Di Sabatino, a man who has established himself as a historian and chronicler of the late 60’s – 70’s Jesus Movement.
As I’ve mentioned before, I became a Christian during the Jesus Movement and was greatly influenced by early Christian artists like Norman. Many of his tunes from iconic albums like In Another Land , Upon This Rock, and (my favorite) Only Visiting This Planet are embedded in my head. I had the opportunity to see Larry Norman perform a couple different times in my life and was greatly saddened when he succumbed to health related heart issues in Feb 2008 at the age of 60.
Over the years I’ve always known, and heard rumors about, character flaws which often served to dilute the incredible impact and anointing the man had on a generation of young Christians. However, even armed with this knowledge, I was a little unprepared for a 2 hour roast of a man many consider to be the Father of Christian Rock. One by one, former artists, wives, girlfriends, band mates etc. took turns analyzing his insecurities, ego, fabrications, arrogance, and spiritual inconsistencies. Always coupled with the occasional nod to his brilliance, music ability, and genuine desire to see Christ preached, one can’t be blamed for leaving the film thinking this guy was more than just a flawed individual…he was a jerk.

One of the main guests being interviewed in the documentary is fellow “Founding Father” of Contemporary Christian Music, Randy Stonehill. Stonehill mixes the real pain he felt at times in his relationship with Norman, with the sincere grief of a friend who has died. He seemed genuinely saddened that because of the way Larry treated others, “he died a lonely man”.

I couldn’t help contrast Stonehill’s commentary with commentary he gave on another DVD documentary chronicling the life of another famous musician / minister, Keith Green. Keith died tragically in July 1982 at the age of 28. However in the 7 brief years he was a Christian, he blazed a trail in his faith that many, including myself, have tried to follow.
In that documentary, Stonehill shares anecdotes of his early Christian years with Green, and although Keith had his flaws as well, there is a whole different spirit that seems to radiate from his life. Stonehill’s comments are positive and even lighthearted when talking about their disagreements as opposed to the real grief he still seems to carry from his relationship with Norman. When I watch Keith’s story, I am stirred to follow Christ no matter what the cost. Norman’s documentary left me with an “ugh” feeling inside.

For what it’s worth, I think it may come down to is the complete surrender Keith had in his life. A John the Baptist focus that radiated a “He must increase and I must decrease” approach to his relationship with God. Larry, at least according to the documentary, had a relationship that seemed to say, “He (Christ) must increase, and if I can increase while its happening, so much the better.” One could hardly envision Larry singing the Keith Green classic, “Oh, Lord you’re beautiful…Your face is ALL I seek.” In the end, there can be only one seat on the throne, and if you are fighting for your place on it…well…you get the picture.

Anyhow, I honor Larry. He had an incredible impact on my life, particularly as a young Christian. I know he loved the Lord and is enjoying his new life in the kingdom…and I look forward to meeting him one day.

As he would say, “this world is not my home…I’m just passing through”

When I reflect on the two men’s lives, I ask myself what is the difference between them. Both were anointed musicians whose impact on the Christian community continues well after their deaths. Both have gone on to an eternity with the Father and yet Larry’s life still carries a tarnish that Keith’s doesn’t.

Bob-,July 31, 2010 

Good entry here, Steve. Over the years we have seen a lot of Christian artists make it big, so to speak, and it’s been interesting to see how they have handled that. We get a first-hand view here in Nashville.

Amy Grant’s a good example. Though not a father (or mother —   ) of Christian rock as the ones of whom you write, she certainly blazed a trail for Christian singers and the genre in general. She crossed over into pop music and made it much bigger. Her marriage fell apart. I was very critical of her at one time but, in the process of mellowing about a number of things over the years, came to realize I have not walked in those shoes and don’t know what went on in her life. She’s a gifted, humble lady and she’s blessed many. You might remember BJ Thomas’s conversion to Christianity. I wore out one of his albums in college. Don’t know what’s going on with him today but word is he returned to the drug culture. Sad. I bet it’s hard to suddenly become a star/big name — Christian or otherwise. It is sobering to think we ALL leave a legacy. Our chances of leaving a strong one depend on how closely we follow Christ. Steve H.

Thanks Bob…I saw BJ Thomas back in the early 80’s in concert. The poor guy sang “Rain Drops Keep Falling on your Head” and a bunch of people started yelling, “Sing Christian songs” The next day the local Christian radio station in Detroit apologized for promoting it and said they did,’t know he was going to sing non-Christian songs…shameful!

Yeah, I agree, I have more grace on people these days. I’ve never had the life Amy Grant lived so .., I just give grace. Anonymous March 23, 2012 

Please, let’s be thankful to our Heavenly Father in Jesus Christ name that the were here. Stop the need to explain what our Heavenly knows and let us rejoice in His present on what He has given us. Victor October 28, 2013 

I met Kieth and Melody Green, and Melody and I sat together as we worked the sound board at one of his concerts in 1977, and Kieth and I had some correspondence through mail afterwards, as he was just starting LDM (Last Days Ministry). I wrote and told him what a powerful show it was and how clean and tight he played that night, and he practically scolded me for enjoying it. This led to several more letter to each other and neither of us could drive the point home to each other, his being “If the music got in the way of the message, he would never play again”, and mine being “If you don’t play your music, and just preach, you won’t plant nearly the number of Godly seeds that you could have, because the youth want to hear GOOD MUSIC ALSO, and not just funeral hymns”. Neither one of us agreed openly, but I think we did spiritually, because he did continue to play. As far as Larry Norman goes, he touched so many people, and made the music that wouldn’t let go of your soul, even after 40+ years of listening to it. There is an everlasting message in his music, that presents a new message every time I listen to any of it. Compare”Fire” to “Water” and tell me which is more needed or important, so Larry and Keith were equally two of the most important rocks in my life and a comparison just isn’t fair. That film about Larry tries to cast a lot of doubt, but it’s hard to believe, that as much as he did in the name of Jesus, that hardly any of it, if any, is true. I can not see what good the film maker(David Di Sabatino) is doing for the name of Jesus? Is it possible that this film could draw even ONE person closer to God, EVEN ONE? I am sure that Kieth and Larry are having a great time writing songs for us right now. Cgperks November 2, 2013 

Love Keith’s music and I STILL listen to his music regularly
SteveNovember 5, 2013 
Me too! Thomas January 12, 2014 

I value engagement with “Christian culture” and “Christian artists.” As such, I appreciate your effort to discuss a difficult subject, such as the personalities who have had such a tremendous impact on our Christian lives. Consequently, I hope that I am not appearing harsh when I am suggesting that your comparison of these two men is most likely pretty unfair and probably altogether ill-advised. First off, Keith Green’s musical legacy is quite impressive. Yet, as far as his life is concerned, he had the advantage of spending a relatively short time in the harsh light of celebrity scrutiny. Even that time was limited to the relatively insular arena of evangelical Christian culture. By contrast, Larry Norman spent a life-time in public view, secular as well as Christian. Second, the sources you are citing are, to say the least, not unproblematic. David Di Sabatino’s documentary has received a lot of criticism. He has been described extensively as a wanna-be expert on the Jesus People movement who is desperate to make a name for himself. And what better way than by seeking out controversy in chronicling the life of someone who is not there to defend himself. There is an entire web site dedicated to documenting the alleged falsehoods in this documentary ( It has also been suggested that many of the participants in the documentary have been unhappy with the way their contributions ended up being portrayed in the documentary’s final cut. Many of these allegations come from the Norman family; so it needs to be pointed out that they are obviously an interested party in their own rights whose comments may need to be considered critically. At the same time, take one look at the amazon reviews of the documentary. You will find that there are many glowing reviews by people who have obviously not seen the documentary, and have no idea what it is about or even who Larry Norman was. These are obviously planted (most likely paid for) “reviews. So how much trust can one put into a documentary that is being promoted for sale in an unethical manner?! All facts considered, I cannot even begin to take this documentary at face value.

Still, after the smoke clears, it is apparent that Larry Norman’s life was a complicated one and that he managed to make enemies for himself that were frustrated enough to speak negatively about him after his death. For starters, Larry was, by all accounts, a great artistic visionary who helped the careers of many young artists (such as Randy Stonehill and Daniel Amos, both of which appear in the film).

He was also a lousy business man. Without a doubt, he was overextended and mismanaged the careers as well as the recorded output of many of his associates (such as Daniel Amos whose record release was botched) in his zeal to create a fiercely independent outlet for Christian artists. So where money and careers are at stake, it is not surprising that controversy and resentments fester all too easily.

His relationship with the documentary’s chief source, Randy Stonehill, was, as many close relationships are likely to be, very complicated. He led Randy to the Lord and helped him launch a very successful career. He also ended up in conflict with Randy over rights to Randy’s music (a conflict that Larry resolved graciously and generously in the end by Randy’s accounts).

Larry married Randy’s first ex-wife. This in itself is enough reason to create a severe strain on a close male relationship! But it is hardly a reason to declare one party at fault and the other blameless. Neither party had a marital record to be proud of! Larry was married and divorced twice. At least with his first wife, Pamela, there are dueling accounts of infidelity and rejection–to the point where it is impossible for outside observers to try to sort out the truth thirty years after the fact. Randy had a total of three wives, and managed to re-marry very quickly after his divorces. This casts doubts on his marital fidelity as well as on Randy as a source of unscrupulous integrity! (Disclaimer: I met both Larry and Randy at different times. I enjoyed both of these encounters and I respect both of their bodies of work greatly.) Relationships are complicated! I hesitate to consider either Larry or Randy as an infallible resource of the truth when it comes to appraising Larry Norman–or Randy Stonehill, for that matter

In your estimate, Larry was a jerk and Keith was a great contrast to that. I can not agree with you there. I never met Keith. But I received his newsletter (Last Days Ministries) for a couple of years. Much to my consternation, the newsletter went to great lengths to discuss the evils of the Catholic church for a long drawn-out series of issues. It left me wondering if a small ministry with severely limited resources could not find anything better to do with their print space! (Disclaimer: I am not a Catholic; I am not speaking out of defensiveness in this appraisal.) Many people (including Victor in this thread) have characterized Keith as quite harsh in his appraisal of other’s Christianity and their convictions. It is no great stretch of the imagination for me to think that meeting Keith, many may have thought of him as a rigid, maybe even fanatical jerk. Of course, one could temper this speculation by allowing for the fact that Keith was a man both young in years as well as in his Christianity. Developing a more forgiving outlook on others invariably takes time and a growth in maturity–both of which were denied Keith Green by his young death.
I would like to humbly suggest that the comparisons of people’s public personas is at best highly problematic and, at worst, becomes an exercise in recounting dueling items of gossip. And yes, I realize that my re-appraisal of these lives is subject to those same dangers. If nothing else, I am hoping to show that the truth about the lives of all these men is highly elusive. The only thing we can say for sure is that all of them–Larry, Randy, Daniel Amos and Keith–are/were highly gifted artists whose work has blessed many. Their lives are/were probably pretty much like the rest of all of our lives: we bless some, hurt others and oftentimes it’s a mix of both.
Steve- mJanuary 12, 2014 

Hi Thomas,
Thank you for writing such a heartfelt response. You bring up a number of valid points that I won’t argue. Keith did have a relatively short time in public scrutiny compared to Larry. However I wasn’t trying to prove anything hence I didn’t “cite” the DiSabitino documentary as you suggest. I was simply commenting on observations I gleaned from two different documentaries I had viewed and filtered that through my own knowledge and experience with events over the years.
I’m sorry if it came across that I was suggesting that Norman was a “jerk” when Green wasn’t. Reading about Green I have no doubt he could have been an incredible jerk to be around. Truth be told I probably would have enjoyed hanging out with Norman more than Green.
But I stand by my original observation in the post. I honor Norman and look forward to seeing him again one day…but I believe Green exhibited a revelation of God (especially in the end) that Norman didn’t quite get: mMarty February 26, 2016 

David Di Sabatino is not the most reliable and forces many things into a Enquirer type print.

5. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Army-General-turned-politician Dwight D. Eisenhower is the fifth highest ranking president on this list. He served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He scored high for his moral authority, as well as crisis leadership and international relations.
Eisenhower was responsible for implementing the desegregation of the armed forces, a policy set by President Truman. Eisenhower has consistently topped surveys of the most admired men ever. Hey, it looks like everyone did like Ike after all.

Woodrow Wilson
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23. Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland served two terms as president, the first from 1885 to 1889. He lost re-elction the first time, but ended up winning again in 1893 and serving until 1897. He is championed by conservatives for his fiscal policy and because he advocated for political reform. During his second term, he was faced with handling the Panic of 1893, a terrible economic downturn, as well as a huge nationwide railroad strike known as the Pullman Strike of 1894.

Millard Fillmore
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39. John Tyler
John Tyler became the 10th president following the death of President William Henry Harrison and served in office from 1841 until 1845. He was the first president to take over from a president who died while in office and thus was the first president to not be elected. As the debate over slavery was heating up, he supported the right of states to make their own decisions on this and other matters.
He refused to be a “passive” replacement president and actually made a few enemies in Congress, thus earning him the snide nickname of “His Accidency”. They tried to impeach him (the first attempt in American history) but the attempt fell through. On the foreign front, he brokered treaties with both China and Britain. Tyler was also the president with the most amount of children: 15.

Larry Norman - So Long Ago the Garden (1973)- Baroquen Spirits

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Keith Green Memorial Concert with introduction by Melody Green. Music at 18:00 minutes. Last Days Ministries