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Apostles of rock : the splintered world of Contemporary Christian music
Howard, Jay R., 1959-
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Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, [1999]

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viii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML3187.5 .H68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Contemporary Christian music is one of the fastest growing areas of popular music. CCM is heard on more than 500 radio stations throughout America, and outsells both jazz and classical music in record shops.

Author Notes

Jay R. Howard is associate professor of sociology at Indiana University / Purdue University-Columbus and a former Christian radio disc jockey
John M. Streck works in central administration at the University of Washington

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What is God's music? This question has bedeviled Christians since the early years of the first millennium, and, as the subtitle of this book indicates, one finds no easy answers, even within the confines of US evangelical Christianity. Howard and Streck have produced a groundbreaking, inclusive, carefully reasoned, and thoroughly objective study of "Contemporary Christian music" (CCM)--religious lyrics set to pop music--which has been isolated from popular culture throughout its 30-year history. Christian bookstores sell CCM recordings; churches, assembly halls, and clubs frequented by young evangelicals serve as performer venues; only the rare CCM performer (e. g., Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, DCTalk) has been able to cross over into mainstream pop. Nevertheless, CCM has a significant and growing share of music recording sales. Building principally on the thinking of Howard Becker (Art Worlds, CH, Jul'82) and H. Richard Niebuhr (Christ and Culture, 1951), Howard and Streck developed a critical apparatus that reveals much about CCM's internecine feuds and its place in contemporary culture. Between the scholarly historical and philosophical chapters are delightful "interludes" describing various CCM performers in concert. The authors also include 12 illustrations, a 163-item discography, and a bibliography of approximately 500 books and articles. Highly recommend for all collections. W. K. Kearns; emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prelude: Ichthus '93
Introduction: What, Pray Tell, Is Contemporary Christian Music?p. 4
Interlude: Larry Norman
1. Origins and Oppositions: The Founding of CCMp. 24
Interlude: Rebecca St. James
2. Separational CCM: "It's a Ministry"p. 49
Interlude: DC Talk
3. Integrational CCM: "It's Entertainment"p. 75
Interlude: The 77's
4. Transformational CCM: "It's Art"p. 111
Interlude: Amy Grant
5. 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