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I grew up in a very strict fundamentalist family. I was not allowed to dance and was warned against certain types of music. I remember the little yellow track that I was handed at church which warned about the dangers of rock and roll music. Bands which I had never heard of like Black Sabbath, John Lennon and Queen were quoted and exposed to be Christ haters. Then there was the backmasking. It was the conviction that some of these artists were so deeply under the influence of prince of darkness that they had imbedded a secret message from Lucifer in their albums that could only be understood if the album was played backwards. I remember playing frisbee with my two discs from Prince’s album 1999, because I thought that if I kept it I would go straight to hell.
There was so much culturally that I missed in childhood. I missed all three Star Wars movies, Poltergiest, E.T. and any other movies that were hitting theatres during my childhood. We did enter a movie theatre to see Johnny Cash’s unintentionally funny “The Gospel Road” because it was sponsored by the Billy Graham Crusade. Yet, most of the movies everyone talked about were a mystery to me. When I was finally allowed to attend movies at the age of 17, one of the first movies I made sure I viewed was “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.”
It was all downhill from there.
“I don’t want to know about evil, I only want know bout love.” Dr. John
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