Art Theatre presents rock/religion documentary, “Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman”
2010-05-25 · By Editor
Larry Norman, rock and roller turned born-again Christian turned religious rock star, may be considered the father of contemporary Christian music. The documentary Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman pays tribute to Norman’s musical genius, a San Francisco hippie who wrote songs about Jesus, sex, drugs, war and the end times. From 1966 to 1968 Norman performed in concerts with The Doors, The Who, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Time Magazine called Norman “the most significant artist in his field.” Over 300 cover versions of his songs have been recorded by artists such as Petula Clark, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Black, and Cliff Richard. His songs have also been recorded by contemporary Christian artists like DC Talk. Norman performed for The White House twice, and also performed in the Hollywood Bowl, the Sydney Opera House, the Palladium and London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, which he sold out six times. In the last 40 years Norman has released nearly 100 solo albums.
Fallen Angel is the second documentary by Canadian documentary filmmaker David Di Sabatino. His first release Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher garnered an Emmy nomination and has been played on PBS-affiliate KQED in San Francisco since 2006.
“Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman” will screen at The Art Theatre of Long Beach on Thurs Jun 3 @ 7:15 pm. The Art Theatre of Long Beach is located at 2025 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814. For more information on Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman, or other events call (562) 438-5435 or visit the Art Theatre website.
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If you could combine the onstage magnetism of Mick Jagger, the lyrical brilliance of Bob Dylan and the personal fragility of Brian Wilson, you would only have begun to scratch of the surface of Larry Norman. FALLEN ANGEL: The OUTLAW LARRY NORMAN recounts the rise of the father of Christian rock music as the rock ‘n’ roll Billy Graham’ of the 1970s through to the height of success as the visionary behind Solid Rock Records before a personal meltdown and subsequent fall from grace exiled him to the margins of the Christian subculture he helped create.
A study in polar contrasts, Larry Norman’s story presents the viewer with a complex character grappling with the price of genius, the struggle made all the more difficult because Norman chose to make his mark within a religious subculture struggling to define its place within the world. Too religious for the rock ‘n’ rollers but too rock ‘n’ roll for the religious crowd, Larry Norman is the perpetual outsider, ultimately imploding under the weight of trying to fuse his position as the musical voice of the Jesus movement with his desire for ’70s rock superstar status. Is he the misunderstood musical prophet of the Christian world? Is he an outlaw conning the faithful? Larry Norman is a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction.
Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman is told mainly from the perspective of those who worked with him and loved him during the height of his success, feel the power of the music he created as refracted through the inconsistencies of the life he led. Experience the forgiveness offered by those most hurt and witness a glimmer of grace against the backdrop of moral failure. Fallen Angel is a rock n’ roll epic of biblical proportions.