National Recording Registry adds controversial Christian singer Larry Norman's album

WASHINGTON - A 1972 album by Christian rock pioneer Larry Norman has been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.
  
"Only Visiting This Planet" included two of the controversial singer's best-known songs. "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" was about someone who missed the Rapture, while "The Great American Novel" harshly critiqued modern culture.
  
A statement by the Library calls the album "the key work in the early history of Christian rock." It says Norman, who died in 2008 at the age of 60, "commented on the world as he saw it from his position as a passionate, idiosyncratic outsider to mainstream churches."
  
Each year, Library of Congress officials select 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old that they judge to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
  
Other new additions to the National Recording Registry include Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like A Wheel" and U2's "The Joshua Tree."

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