Locked Up For Jesus

BurbridgeCrimeJack Burbridge
“From Crime to Christ”
1972, Imperial #720210

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watn2s1Jack has a “prison & motorcycle ministry” and hawks cheap Jesus trinkets

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tough love

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John Gimenez
“Pick Up On This, Kid”
Word # 3456

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From the liner notes:

“I was a stinkin’, filthy, no-good junkie, twisted out of my mind.  Up tight.  Bound by dope.  A chronic addict.  A chronic criminal.  A chronic liar.  There was no way out.  The doctors said it.  The narcos said it.  My family said it. 
It was my sister’s boyfriend who gave me my first taste of marijuana.  I was not quite ten at the time…  I was out of my mind!  I never forgot the beating I got when my father found out.  Man!  I was sick!… Kept throwing up, falling down, getting up…  laughing all the time my father was hitting me.”

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watn2s1John was a member of the Addicts.
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The Demon Possessed Boy

T. L. Osborn
“The Demon Possessed Boy”
Osborn Foundation #R33-HT

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Died in February.

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Tripping Jesus


Pastor John Rydgren
“Silhouette Segments”
1968, The American Lutheran Church #8531

So it’s not a Christian musical, but it is possibly the greatest psychedelic beat-hippy jesus-freak records ever recorded.  The tracks are bits taken from the radio show of pastor John Rydgren, whose narrates and acts out strange skits in a Joe Frank meets Ken Nordine voice, often over a mashup of popular song clips and found sounds.  Amazing stuff.

WFMU fills in some info about Rydgren here.

John Rydgren & Peter Tork (The Monkees)

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“This Silhouette montage of music, voice, and sounds was actually inspired by the thousands of teens who have talked to John or written to him expressing their search for a personal, everyday “experiencing” of Christ.  The production dramatizes where they are, where they search… cars, a Monkee concert, the surf, problems… represented by the train, elephants (ala Bill Cosby’s “Little Old Man”) a trip, and in the middle of all this… the answers they have found.”

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“A natural phenomenon… watching girls.  A special attention… girls… designed for man by God.  The beautiful girls today, the colorful music provided by the Bob Crewe Generation, along with the fact that God did design a most special creature to keep man company… provided the inspiration for the Silhouette production, “Music to Watch Girls By”

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“A Creation by John dramatizing with humor the near tragedy, or at least unfortunate, condition of shallow opinions.  The Silhouette production portrays the almost mechanical responses given by many people regarding what they believe about God, social concerns, or what they expect from life.”

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“At John’s request, kind of a hippie D.J. wrote his version of the 23rd psalm.  The purpose of the Silhouette production was to help prove that something as ancient as a psalm from the Old Testament could fit right in the middle of today.”

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A New Crop of Holy Joe’s

Ronald K. Wells
“I Wonder”
1969, Crescendo Music

Ah, the Christian musical… a reaction to the “new thinking” of the 1960′s and revisionist hippie musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar.  This one has some pretty great narration along with the tunes.  I think I’m going to raid the “Christan hippies” section of my record library to find a few more of these!

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Rock & Roll – The Devil’s Diversion

Bob Larson
“Speaks Out!”
Cornerstone #CRS-4014

Bob Larson speaks out:

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Books by Bob:

“Hippies – Hindus and Rock & Roll”
“Rock & Roll – The Devil’s Diversion”



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Jack Van Impe, drama critic

Dr. Jack Van Impe
“Holy Bible Exposes Jesus Christ Superstar”
Diadem #313

Its hilarious that Jesus Christ Superstar was so controversial, JVI devoted an entire album to it.

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No thanks, I prefer to stand. So I can make a quick exit.

Rev. Mr. Goodwill Fairley
“Pull Up a Chair and Listen”

“Introduction”:

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“Texas”:

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Speeding gospel light to those in darkness

Talmage Butler, the Flying Preacher
“Beams of Mercy”
BM-6000

I can’t find a good link, but apparently Mr. Butler and his plane disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle!  Maybe he was bringing gospel light to the aliens?

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Hell Without Hell

Dr. Jack Van Impe
“Hell Without Hell: Is It the Grave?”
Diadem #DLP 310

From the Back Cover:

“Dr. Van Impe felt the need for a recorded sermon, Biblically and doctrinally presented on the subject of eternal Hell. Because of this burden he spent many months researching every verse on the subject…. It is preached compassionately and with great love.”

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