Results for - The Jesus Hippies And Their Cultural Impact
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Whether it was a genuine spiritual revival, merely a cultural phenomenon or a mixture of the two, teens and young adults in the late late 1960's-early '70's came to expressions of Christianity (and some quasi-Chrstian cults) influenced by the contemporaneous hippie youth culture. Popularly called the Jesus Movement or Jesus Revolution, its aftereffects have resonated through churches about four dwecades after the fact, and, at least briefly, hit a nerve in broader pop culture. It was to be a subject of my master's thesis, but, now here's a survey about it.
1. Before happening upon this survey, were you aware of the phenomenon of many hippies in North Ameican and Europe embracing Christianity in North Ameirca, Europe and Australia in the above-mentioned time frame?
Yes, but I wasn't a part of it
Yes, and I was a part of it.
Unsure/Maybe/Strikes a vague bell at best
2. As the movement was an outgrowth of or response to hippie culture which had developed earlier in the 1960's, the Jesus revolutionaries' culture mirrored many aspects of that out of which it had come, with unique wrinkles of its own.Which of these aspects of the Jesus hippies' subculture were you aware of, or even had experience or contact with?
The "one way" (as in there being only one way to heaven) hand gesture, which's like a peace sign only requiring one's index finger
Hand-tooled leather Bible covers festooned with decorative engraving
Music reflecting the tastes of many young people of the time, such as folk rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock and metal.
Festivals for Christocentric bands in contemporary styles to play, analogous to Woodstock or the Monterey Pop Festival
3. For however few ior many true converts the movement produced, there's no doubt that its aftereffects are felt to this day in many Christian church denominations. Whether you believe yourself to be Christian or not, which of these do you believe to be positive moves in terms of church-going/wiorship experience?
Less formal church service and pastors'/preachers' attire
A greater focus on serving the needs-and, perhaps preferences-of youth and young adults
The introduction of of more contemporary music, either expanding the range hymnals or eliminating them altogether, including shorter songs that can be structured like what one may hear on pop radio
Ecclesiology (or the theology of doing church) that makes experiential phenomena important as or more important than dontrinal preaching
Other(s) I may mention in a comment
Unsure/fFeeling unqualified to answer
4. For all the attention given the movement in the news media and mainstream magazines and the numerous books written about and documentaries made about it, no singer nor band organically originatring from the movement was able to score a pop radio hit in the US (same for Canada?). But from 1968-76, numerous songs that rode its cultural moment garnered significant radio play. Which of these sorta/maybe/kinda Jesus revolution-related songs from that time do you like or are familiar with?
Jesus Is A Soul Man-Lawrence Reynolds
Get Together-The Youngbloods
Spirit In The Sky-Norman Greenbaum
Singles released from Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's original Jesus Christ Superstar concept album (Yvonne Elliman's [and/or Helen Reddy's remake of] "I Don't Know How To Love Him" and Murray Head & The Trinity Singers' "Superstar")
God, Love and Rock And Roll-Teegarden And Van Winkle
Speak To The Sky-Rick Springfield (yes, "Jessie's Girl" Rick Springfield)
Convoy-C.W. McCall ("...eleven long-haired friends of Jesus in a charteuse Microbus...")
Jesus Is Just Alright-The Doobie Brothers, The Byrds, and, originally, The Art Reynolds Singers (no relation to Lawrence, methinks)
Put Your Hand In The Hand-Ocean
5. Though no authentic Christian hippies became pop stars nor one-hit wonders, at least four former such folks joined the movement upon their convsion or after the movement gained steam. They were but a portion of what became a bustling independent recording cottage industry, though it also caught up to some established Christian record companies, too;there would likely be no contemporary Christian music nowadays without the Jesus hippies. Which of the following prominent acts in this brief list of "Jesus music" pioneers have you heard, heard of or, at least. may intrigue you enough to check them out?
Larry Norman (sang lead with People, who made the Top 20 wth their 1968 remake of the Zombies' "I Love You," would become the arguably Christian rock's granddad)
Love Song (soft rockers featuring Chuck Girard, formerly of The Hondells of "Little Honda" fame; had a genuine pop hit in, of all places, the Phillippines)
The All Saved Freak Band (featured Glenn Schwartz, former guitarist for Joe Walsh's pre-Eagles band, the James Gang; also recorded an album based on J.R.R. Tolkein's Hobbt stories and, to my ears, are an unheralded link between psychedelic and progressive rock styles)
Second Chapter of Acts (brother/sister/cousin harmonizing trio whose "Easter Song" apparently got general market radio play in the '70's and recorded an album based on C,S. Lewis' Narnia stories) .
Randy Stonehill (Larry Norman protege who could be hilarious one momement, tear-jerkingt the next; his "American Fast Food" gets occasional play on Dr. Demento's comedy music radio show , and he almost had mainstream record deals a couple times)
Andrae Crouch & The Disciples (African-American soul gospel group who crossed over to Jesus hippies' acceptance by dressing the part some and incorporating light rock textures into their music)
Fraction (their lone album, Moon Blood, is a monstrous dose of Steppenwolf/Doors-styled heaviness)
Resurrection Band (later known as Rez Band, then Rez;husband&-wife led folkies-turned bluesy metal act, known for addressing issues such as divorce, South African apatheis and other topics atypical for their scene)
The Sheep (co-ed Midwestern psych' rockers whose missionary work led them to recording their first album partially in Danish and starring in Lomdon stage musical Lonesome Stone)
Randy Matthews (folk rocker whose "going electric" at an early Jesus music fest was commensurately shocking as Bob Dylan's doing so at the 1965 Newport Folk Ferstival)
Phil Keaggy (former guitarist for progressive rockers Glass Harp talented enough for his renown to trascend Christian subculture, though many enjoy his Paul McCartney-sounding singing, too)
Wilson-McKinley (Pacific Northwesterners who started out as secular rock band before all getting converted and recording some highly collectible hard psychedelic rock albums, the first being a concert set mastered at a slightly incorrect speed)