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Apostles of Rock : The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music - Jay R. Howard

Apostles of Rock

The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780813190860
Number Of Pages: 299

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" Apostles of Rock is the first objective, comprehensive examination of the contemporary Christian music phenomenon. Some see CCM performers as ministers or musical missionaries, while others define them as entertainers or artists. This popular musical movement clearly evokes a variety of responses concerning the relationship between Christ and culture. The resulting tensions have splintered the genre and given rise to misunderstanding, conflict, and an obsessive focus on self-examination. As Christian stars Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, DC Talk, and Sixpence None the Richer climb the mainstream charts, Jay Howard and John Streck talk about CCM as an important movement and show how this musical genre relates to a larger popular culture. They map the world of CCM by bringing together the perspectives of the people who perform, study, market, and listen to this music. By examining CCM lyrics, interviews, performances, web sites, and chat rooms, Howard and Streck uncover the religious and aesthetic tensions within the CCM community. Ultimately, the conflict centered around Christian music reflects the modern religious community's understanding of evangelicalism and the community's complex relationship with American popular culture.

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List of Illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prelude: Ichthus '93
Introduction: What, Pray Tell, Is Contemporary Christian Music?p. 4
Interlude: Larry Norman
Origins and Oppositions: The Founding of CCMp. 24
Interlude: Rebecca St. James
Separational CCM: "It's a Ministry"p. 49
Interlude: DC Talk
Integrational CCM: "It's Entertainment"p. 75
Interlude: The 77's
Transformational CCM: "It's Art"p. 111
Interlude: Amy Grant
The Materialist Critique: "It's Business"p. 149
Interlude: Sunday Services
Conclusion: Contemporary Christian Music and the Contemporary Christian Lifep. 185
Discographyp. 221
Notesp. 229
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 290
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ISBN: 9780813190860
ISBN-10: 081319086X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.44  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.42

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