Larry Norman wrote this about Janis Joplin, who was playing in the same lineup in a San Francisco show.
In my 1977 Jesus Freak culture, the story was legendary. Larry had prophetically predicted her death, and tried to help her, man! But she just couldn't hear it. It just goes to show...
Oh, wait. Do you even recognise the name Larry Norman? I don't think I can explain.
Christian Rock is respectable now - in fact, soft-rock, Southern-rock may be the dominant style these days, enough that my anonymous commenter under Music Genres sounds like he felt some pressure from those who thought CCM was almost required for spiritual improvement.
It was the opposite then. Christian bookstores were blossoming, but many would not carry anything that smacked of rock & roll. The Baptist one in Derry that my little commune frequented wouldn't even carry some of Pat Boone's recent stuff. Christian rock was entirely associated with the rock subculture, not the Christian subculture. Swaggert, Falwell, MacArthur - all condemned it, and even Billy Graham rather temporised around the issue. The criticism was often as strenuous as one could imagine, accusing folks of doing the devil's work and leading innocent young Christians to Hell.
Not many musicians made a living that way. They toured by sleeping on couches and passing the hat, occasionally having their electricity shut off by some deacon who felt the need to protect the youth group. The mainstream denominations responded differently, in much the same way that they do now - by calling early 60's folk music "rock" in the late 60's and embracing it. Lame, but well-meant, I suppose.
The Jesus People were mostly nuts, believed lots of non-biblical things, scared a lot of folks away - and founded the only churches that are still growing, now pillars of cultural conservatism. It's not just inversion - the culture that they are preserving has elements of classical liberalism, Western Civ, both the nutcase Jesus People and their nutcase opponents, pietism, Southern culture, mid-century Christian intellectuals, and church camp. Buffet conservatism, and it seems to work.