First Love - A historic gathering of Jesus Music pioneers : 2 DVDs & 2 CDs

First Love - A historic gathering of Jesus Music pioneers : 2 DVDs & 2 CDs

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The late 60's and early '70's were a time of tremendous upheaval in American culture as the hippie generation abandoned the values of their parents, turned to drugs and away from materialism, and went on a search for love and peace. For these young people, "the establishment" which included the church, seemed irrelevant. At times it felt like the very fabric of our nation might tear apart.

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First Love - A historic gathering of Jesus Music pioneers : 2 DVDs & 2 CDs
All still full of JOY!
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My friends and I used to make the long drive down to the circus tents put up by the beach to hear the FREE concerts put on by these groups. They were so contagiously full of joy and deliverance, they changed the lives of me, my siblings, and many in my California Jesus-people generation. I have long wondered what happened to them, if they were still as full of joy as they were then or if they had descended into some jaded state.

It was so good to see them as full of joy and love as ever, as am I, my family, and most of those I know touched by Jesus because of their music. We now live in India with some of our children and grandchildren, trying to share this same joy to anyone who is thirsty. It is so fun to see this same joy cross all cultural barriers, enter into hearts and change families in any culture, as it did ours.

I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who did not have the chance to live through the Jesus Movement themselves as well as those who want to relive the beginning of
First Love - A historic gathering of Jesus Music pioneers : 2 DVDs & 2 CDs
Who are these old grey-haired people? Oh they look like me!
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For those of us who were there near the beginning (Simi Valley1970 for me), these tunes drove my college community. Each singer/group plays an early signature tune, is interviewed, and then plays a second song (most of which were new at the time of this video). The visuals of the singing is mostly panning around a room of the fellow singers in barca-loungers lost in the moment mouthing the words. Take a hint, turn the lights down low, turn off the phone, get your comfy quilt on the couch, and close your eyes during the songs. Watching other people do this is obviously not compelling video. I have just finished DVD-1 and it challenged me to reconsider what passes poorly as CCM today. The interviews are not rehashing old testimonies, but they start with their commonly known stories and reflect further about their faith walk. By the end of the first DVD, I wish I was present in person during those three days of taping. Some ah-ha moments was which congregations were the home ports for the
First Love - A historic gathering of Jesus Music pioneers : 2 DVDs & 2 CDs
Amazing
By 
One of the most inspiring videos about modern day Christianity I have ever seen. I bought it for the historical significance, but came away refreshed and renewd in my spirit and walk with GOD. I wanted to "rediscover" artists I grew up listening too, and came away with the incredbile blessings from artists I knew very little about.
First Love - A historic gathering of Jesus Music pioneers : 2 DVDs & 2 CDs
First Love
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I first purchased this set as VHS video & since then the DVD set twice! I have cried, laughed, & praised the Lord every time that I've watched it! Love the music and the life stories of what God did during the Jesus movement. Praying that many more lives are saved through listening to this awesome music!! God bless!
First Love - A historic gathering of Jesus Music pioneers : 2 DVDs & 2 CDs
Uplifting!
By 
To god be the glory!
Every one that has viewed this video has been greatly blessed by Gods presence.
If you do not own it... You are missing out!
If you have a desire to hear and see Gods anointing, you will see it and feel it through the testimony and music of these precious Pioneers of Jesus Music.
 

The late 60's and early '70's were a time of tremendous upheaval in American culture as the hippie generation abandoned the values of their parents, turned to drugs and away from materialism, and went on a search for love and peace. For these young people, "the establishment" which included the church, seemed irrelevant. At times it felt like the very fabric of our nation might tear apart.

It was out of this tumultuous era that young, musical voices began to surface. These newly converted musicians began singing about the new hope they had found through Jesus Christ.

First Love examines the life and music of the people who birthed the sounds of a revolution that swept American culture. It became know as the Jesus Movement. For three historic days, these artists gathered for the first time in a mountain retreat in Southern California and First Love Volumes I & II captures almost 4 hours of each of their incredible live performances and reveals a rare look a the heart and motives of each artist as they describe in intimate detail the drama of their personal transformation.

With performances by:
• Randy Matthews
• Barry McGuire
• Annie Herring
• Chuck Girard
• Matthew Ward
• John Fischer
• Andrae Crouch
• Jamie Owens Collins
• 2nd Chapter of Acts
• Terry Clark
• Keith Green tribute with Melody Green
• Randy Stonehill
• Love Song
• Paul Clark
• Darrell Mansfield
• Honeytree

"We didn't know very much. We were naive. All we knew was we were blind, now we see. And that was enough."
- Love Song



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FIRST LOVE - A historic gathering of Jesus Music pioneers : What people are saying

“I just saw 'First Love' and I was blown away. At the end, all I could do was sob...and pray. I became a Christian in 1971, and these guys were right there in my life...making a major impact!"

Daniel F. Rice, Seattle

"...these DVDs are great because they help you remember the excitement we used to have, the wonder of God's grace and love...They called it the Jesus Movement."

Pastor Chuck Smith, Founder,
Calvary Chapel

“First Love (both DVDs and CD) are wonderful. I still tear up when I think about them. I had forgotten how important those early musicians were to the Jesus Movement back when I was first saved."

Jonathan Golbert

"The Jesus Movement was a holy explosion; it was a dramatic work of the Holy Spirit. Spiritually it was as refreshing a thing that has happened in the 20th Century."

Pastor Jack Hayford - Church on The Way
Van Nuys, California




Article: The Music and Ministries of the Pioneers of Contemporary Christian Music

Sometimes in our lives, seemingly unrelated events come together in such a way they make a very strong point. Such was the case for me a few weekends ago. I had just received the two video set First Love and planned on watching it Saturday evening.

In the Saturday morning paper, within just two pages, were two stories that impacted me significantly. First was a long story about Mitch Albom, the Detroit sportswriter, who wrote the monstrously successful book Tuesdays with Morrie. The point of the article was that Albom could with great eloquence recount the lessons he learned from Morrie Schwartz, his former professor, yet in reality he struggles to show evidence of the lessons in his life. Then came a review about a biography of Henri Nouwen, which talked with some sharpness of Nouwen's shallow theology and the life he led. While these stories were interesting, I passed them off as interesting weekend reading. Read more ...