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 this 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, and more than 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 at The White House twice, and also performed in the Hollywood Bowl, the Sydney Opera House, the Palladium and London¹s 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 filmmaker David Di Sabatino, whose 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.
The Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St., will present Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman on Thursday, June 3 at 7:15pm.