Skip to comments.Erik Davis: Jesus freaks rock
Posted on 01/08/2013 6:24:14 AM PST by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
n the late 1960s and 70s, droves of hippies and freaks bounced back from various countercultural bummers by embracing the One Way of Jesus Christ. Though they rejected many aspects of the underground scenefun stuff like drugs, free love, and the occult smorgasbordthe Jesus Freaks kept others very much alive. They had a strong yen for intense spiritual experiences and communal tribes, as well as an apocalyptic sense of imminent global transformation. In stark contrast to previous generations of American Christians, who largely rejected popular culture as the devils work, these hirsute believers also embraced countercultural mediastreet newspapers, bumper-stickers, coffee shops, and especially rock musicto get the word out. (Elsewhere I have written about how the fabulous Haight Street poster artist Rick Griffin kept designing Grateful Dead album covers and underground comix after finding Jesus in 1970. Above "Pieta" handbill photo by Griffin and photographer Bob Seidermann.)
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Thanks for posting this. I don’t know how you found this but I had several of Larry Norman’s albums at that time....hadn’t thought about that in a long time...
“Jesus Freaks” = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerging_church Gimme the “Old-Time” Religion and the King James Bible!
Neal Morse, formerly the lead singer/songwriter for “Spock’s Beard” saw the light. He’s still rocking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjBCxh66QQM
I love the Jesus freaks, to see street Christianity in action was a fine thing.
the old time religion is orthodoxy, predates the kjv by ~1600 years