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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 10. 23rd May 1973

Barry McGuire

Barry McGuire

Barry McGuire was once a hero of the folksy radicals all round the world in the middle sixties. His most famous song was the 'Eve of Destruction' which was banned on radio because at the time, it was too political. It had lines like "you're old enough to kill but not for voting, you don't believe in war but what's that gun you're toting," and "Think of all the hate there is in Red China, then take a look around you to Selma, Alabama, "(comparing the race-riot torn Amerika unfavourably with China). Barry says that at the time the only contact he had with the Bible was when he rolled joints in its fine paper.

Now he's a full-time Jesus freak, singing Jesus songs and touring NZ with a rabid evangelist. He belts out lines like "Don't blame God for the sins of America, America has fallen from the ways of the Lord, living for the dollar she'll be dying by the sword," and songs like "After all the laughter, and the music fades away, you'll find yourself a lonely child, lost along the way ".

Why the change? Or has there been any real change? Has his mind been fucked by acid, or by Jesus?

Find out all about it on pages 8 and 9.

Image of Barry McGuire

Drawing of a bucket of poo