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Post Info TOPIC: Larry Norman and Steve Scott
Gord Wilson

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Larry Norman and Steve Scott
  


Larry said he was Only Visiting This Planet, and now he's gone home. While we mourn his loss here, we rejoice with the angels that he's home in heaven, and now there will be lots of great music when we get there. In the interview we did in Steve Scott's recent book, Crying for a Vision and Other Essays he says (among other things),

"Regardless of the pros and cons of Solid Rock and all the stories that swirl around Larry Norman, I do think he's made an immensely valuable, foundational contribution to the whole contemporary Christian music industry... and I don't understand how someone that everyone nods towards and acknowledges as seminal ends up apparently scrabbling to pay for medical bills.... The guy took all the bullets, created the market.... I'm just saying that in real world terms... he's owed a lot more than he's currently getting from those parts of the machine that benefitted most from his pioneering work."

Hopefully Solid Rock will release Steve Scott's Moving Pictures, which would both echo Larry's creative endeavors and help pay off still extant medical bills. I found out about both Steve Scott and Steve Turner in the liner notes of Larry's Barking at the Ants album. Since then, I've found both Steves to be as creative and engaging as Larry said they were, and I know Larry would want all his fans and friends to discover them. Steve Turner is a rock journalist whose latest book is The Gospel According to the Beatles. They were also friends, and Turner said of Scott: "Steve Scott is a rare individual with a deep love and understanding of Scripture and a passion for the arts". Peter Banks, keyboardist for the rock band After the Fire, known for "Der Kommisar" wrote, "A uniquely gifted musical poet? One thing you cannot do with Steve Scott is categorise him". Chris Well, in CCM called the book "a must read".

Steve Scott can be contacted at thescotts4@sbcglobal.net. Excerpts from the book may be read on Amazon.com. Review copies are still being sent out. Please write Gord Wilson at gordrw@yahoo.com and put "Steve Scott" in the subject line. -The Best, Gord Wilson, gordrw@yahoo.com, alivingdog.com.



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Robb

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Thank you, Gord, for your post and thought-provoking remarks.  I think it would be nice if there could be a family-sanctioned Larry Norman Tribute Tour along the lines of the Gaither Homecoming Concerts--a special gathering of artists who would sing songs and share stories about Larry for an audience united in its appreciation of his life and legacy.  It would be so beautiful and meaningful.  And so many smiles would be shared.  Years ago, for example, I heard Dana Key recall on the radio that the first DeGarmo and Key tour was out west as an opener for Larry and that their return to Memphis was delayed because their van broke down and Larry put them up as they waited for the van to be fixed--with funds fronted by Eddie's father.  I enjoyed hearing Dana tell that story--and I sure would enjoy gathering with thousands for an entire evening of such memories and music.    

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Gord Wilson

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Steve Scott Stuff: ArenaRock.com, which is releasing the Larry Norman compilation CD, may also be releasing one of Steve Scott. Greg at ArenaRock and Steve are currently brainstorming ideas. My friend, Dave Bostrom, who went to Larry's funeral service in Oregon, said Charly also mentioned Steve there. Greg said when he was talking with Larry over the past year to get the ArenaRock Larry CD ready, Larry mentioned Steve's Moving Pictures, as if he intended to bring out the album on CD. There's a lot more unreleased Steve Scott that could be compiled from other sources as well.

The interview with Steve on alivingdog.com was done after his book, Crying for a Vision and Other Essays was out. But it sort of continues the interview section in the book. Excerpts from the book can be read on the dog site or on Amazon.com. Anyone who likes is invited to go to Amazon and rate the book or write their own review. Review copies are still being sent out. Write to gordrw@yahoo.com and put "Steve Scott" in the subject line. Friends of Steve are also welcome to co- sponsor an ad in HM. We're trying to run a small color ad designed by Doug Van Pelt in every issue to get the word out.

Steve's fans have been writing for a long time asking when more of his stuff is coming out. With this book, two of his books are currently in print, as Like a House on Fire has been reprinted by Wipf and Stock. The ArenaRock CD will be his first musical release in more than a decade. Some Steve CDs are still available by searching under Steve Scott at radrockers.com. Steve has himself been going like a house on fire, as he is currently director for CANA, Christian Artists Networking Association, which holds conferences in Asia, Africa, Bali and other parts of the majority or third world, and is also working on a degree at Fuller Seminary. More info is available under Steve Scott, poet at Wikipedia. -Gord Wilson, gordrw@yahoo.com, alivingdog.com

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Anonymous

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Gord Wilson wrote:

"Regardless of the pros and cons of Solid Rock and all the stories that swirl around Larry Norman, I do think he's made an immensely valuable, foundational contribution to the whole contemporary Christian music industry... and I don't understand how someone that everyone nods towards and acknowledges as seminal ends up apparently scrabbling to pay for medical bills.... The guy took all the bullets, created the market.... I'm just saying that in real world terms... he's owed a lot more than he's currently getting from those parts of the machine that benefitted most from his pioneering work."

This quote from Steve Scott echoes exactly what I thought when I googled Larry NOrman in 2004 and discovered the struggle he was having with his health.

I hadn't listened to Larry Norman for twenty years but his music stayed with me. As a teen I could listen to whatever type of music I liked so I was not restricted to the limited Christian Rock that was available. Larry's music stood firmly along side secular rock music of the time. I gravitated to Larry's music because to spoke to issues beyond romatic love and touched the soul. I was shocked to discover that a seminal influence in popular western music had to beg for handouts to cover his medical costs.

God clearly states that we should not store up treasure on earth or worry about receving praise or rewards here on earth. However,  I still think that it would be fitting to have some kind of lasting recognition of the work and influence that Larry had on the music and culture of the late 20th century.

Larry touched many lives and I am sure he has received a fitting reward in heaven but it would be sad to see his music and memory pass into obsurity.

Does anyone know if  Larry's family has plans for a memorial? All those influenced by Larry should get behind some effort to create a fitting, lasting memorial so his music can continue to influence lives so many can find peace, love and forgiveness in Jesus.

Jan
Victoria, Canada 





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