Fallen Angel or Failed Angle?
Last year we talked about a documentary about Larry Norman that was being made by David Di Sabatino.
“Fallen Angel, The Outlaw Larry Norman” is now being shown at film festivals and being prepped for DVD release.
It was controversial then, it’s more so now.
“Yet Norman, who died in 2008 at age 60, was a polarizing figure even beyond his wedding of angelic aims to demon rock. Business associates say they found him ruthless and vindictive; former collaborators accuse him of everything from sabotaging their releases to poaching their wives and fathering an unacknowledged child. How then to reconcile music that meant so much spiritually to so many with the flawed, sometimes exasperating man who made it?”
A war of words and reputations has been ongoing online since news of the film was released.
The focal point of most of the furor has been around a young man in Australia who claims to be Normans child and his efforts to be recognized as such by the Norman family and estate.
That has been combined with the feelings of Norman fans who viewed the project as negatively skewed against Norman.
The latest and most bizarre accusation was that Charles Norman was not Larry Normans brother…but his son.
Now, another biographer of Norman has stepped out and put up a website to refute some of the accusations against Norman.
“David Di Sabatinos film, “Fallen Angel makes many untruthful, misleading and deceitful statements about Larry Norman. This website exists to dispel these deceptive accusations and give a more accurate picture of Larry Norman and his detractors”.
Flemming evidently has been given access to Normans personal records, correspondence and even taped phone calls.
He has posted Charles Normans birth certificate to prove that Charles was indeed Larry’s brother…not his son.
The evidence he has presented so far is compelling, especially as regards some of the accusations made or implied online by Randy Stonehill.
From a recent review of the film by the Nashville Scene;
“Among the panelists expected at the screening’s post-film discussion is Randy Stonehill, once the singer’s close friend and collaborator, who testifies on camera to Norman’s many indiscretions (including some with Stonehill’s former wife). There’s more, and worse. “
Flemming’s documents seem to refute that claim and leaves one wondering what else he’s going to refute and what response will be forthcoming from Stonehill and Di Sabatino.
Where does the truth really reside?
I’m just grateful that nobody will bother to make a film of my past or my worst moments in the present.
I’m more grateful that Jesus has cast my sins in the sea called forget and put up a “No Fishing” sign.
My guess is that when the accusers on both sides have exhausted their accusations toward each other all that will be left is a recognition that we are all flawed, broken people with capacity for both great good and great evil…and damage on both sides.
We will also learn again that we have great capacity for self righteousness and self justification in the midst of it all.
Not many of us can stand intense scrutiny by anyone but the One who has already forgiven us for what He knows about us.
Thankfully, he’s not in the film making business…