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Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music
     

Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music

by Jay R. Howard, John M. Streck, John M. Streck
 
Contemporary Christian music is currently one of the fastest growing areas of popular music. CCM is heard on more than 500 radio stations nationwide and outsells both jazz and classical music in record stores. With Christian stars Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, DC Talk, and Jars of Clay climbing the mainstream charts, some estimate the CCM industry's earnings at nearly

Overview

Contemporary Christian music is currently one of the fastest growing areas of popular music. CCM is heard on more than 500 radio stations nationwide and outsells both jazz and classical music in record stores. With Christian stars Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, DC Talk, and Jars of Clay climbing the mainstream charts, some estimate the CCM industry's earnings at nearly $750 million a year.

Apostles of Rock is the first critical, objective examination of contemporary Christian music. Jay Howard and John Streck reveal how it has become an American cultural phenomenon and 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, ten to, and market this music.

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"Named a Choice Outstanding Acadmeic Book for 2000." —

"A groundbreaking, inclusive, carefully reasoned, and thoroughly objective study of Contemporary Christian music." — Choice

"Argues that debates over 'authenticity,' and which musicians truly define the genre, are more intense in Christian music because of the artists' deeply held beliefs." — Chronicle of Higher Education

"Comprehensive and well-researched." — Church History

"Presents a picture of C-Pop splintered into factions yet fundamentally united by its roots in American evangelicalism and commercial popular music." — First Things

"The authors' expertise is self-evident and their references to scholarly, popular, and industry literature is impressive. I do not know of another work that so carefully, completely, and thoughtfully analyzes this genre of music." — John B. Boles

"The thoughtful analyses and conclusions are invaluable to historians and other scholars." — Journal of Southern History

"Provides a well-researched look at the philosophies of contemporary Christian musicians and the effect of their music." — Lexington Herald Leader

"Offers the finest analysis to date of the CCM art world and its several subcultures. The authors' use of sociological, musical, and theological sources is impressive." — Religious Studies Review

"A thorough description of the art world of contemporary Christian music." — Sociology of Religion

"Has much to offer in the way of articulating a thorough cultural analysis of the fragmented reality of CCM." — Sojouners

"This study opens new areas of inquiry seldom considered by scholars of popular culture and music." — True Tunes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813121055
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.94(d)

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