This is taken from A
Moment In Time and Footprints
In The Sand CD booklets.
Go to Part One.
In 1978 Larry started Street Level Records as
an alternative label to release albums which Word had no interest in
distributing. With help from Paul Lindner he distributed Street Level
Records to stores in America and Europe. After contracturally enduring
two more years of musical censorship and unreleased albums with the
"mother company", he started Phydeaux Records - as in
"Fido." Larry joked that "if Christian music was going
to the dogs, then he wanted to remain on the cutting edge."
Phydeaux, Inc. was not a counter-measure to, but a step-in-sync with,
all the bootleg tapes of his material that had been circulating. In
response to illegal bootlegs like Leyton's Live At The Mac,
Larry decided if collectors wanted "bad-sounding" live
recordings he would pick some rarities from his own archives. He chose Roll
Away The Stone - And Listen To The Rock and The Israel Tapes.
He had many better sounding live recordings but thought kids wanted
something more rough for their bootleg collections. He also released
several high quality studio compilations but was unwilling to release a
"proper record" to the stores. He was standing as far away
from the industry as possible and was also enjoying the distance.
Basically, he was ignoring the American distributers who had for many
years ignored him. Phydeaux helped distribute Street Level
Records on behalf of Street Level Prod., Inc. to stores in Europe
and America and also by direct mail. Through the mail he
found that he could go directly to the people who well and truly
understood music and his ministry.
When critics attacked his Phydeaux catalogue for not keeping up with the fads and trends of the current gospel industry, Larry laughed. He had been ahead of his time for years and had his music censored and banned because of it. Now he was no longer interested in making his albums available to the stores.
Larry continyed to travel extensively through other countries, coming back to America occasionally to report on his adventures. The airplane accident had made him seem friendlier and more accessible than during the intensity of his earlier years. He started inviting his audiences out to restaurants after the concerts - not to continue preaching but to listen to the stories of their lives, and their experiences. Although he remained at odds with the gospel music industry, avoided Christian television, granted few interviews - and still to this day receives almost no gospel radio airplay - he seemed plesantly resolved to this impasse.
At the beginning of the `90's his father sold Phydeaux, and Street Level Records came under the umbrella of CCPC. After Larry's heart attack in 1992, Larry sold Solid Rock to help pay for his medical bills.
Since 1992, Larry has retired from touring because of his heart problems. He now spends his days in Oregon. His world tours and rock and roll days are over, he concedes - but he also hopes that if his health permits it, he may in the future attempt a sit-down solo concert now and then.