Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music: Pop, Rock, and Worship

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The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music: Pop, Rock, and Worship is the first comprehensive reference work on a form of American music that is far more popular than nonfans may realize. It fills a major gap in the literature on American music and Christian culture, looking at this increasingly popular genre in the context of the overall history of religious music in the United States.

With over 200 entries, The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music covers important performers and industry figures, songs and albums, concerts and festivals, the rise of Christian radio and television, and other issues related to the growth of inspirational music. Scholars and fans alike will find a wealth of revealing information and insightful coverage illustrating the influence of gospel on modern American music with musicians such as Elvis, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and U2.The work also examines the use of fundamental rock, pop, and rap music templates in the service of songs of faith.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is highly recommended to public and academic libraries with a Christian or popular music section."



"In this encyclopedia intended for academics, general music critics, and general readers, Cusic (music business, Belmont U.) explores the genre of contemporary Christian music through 204 entries that focus on performers, but also cover its development and roots, key figures, songs and albums, record labels, concerts and festivals, marketing, its relationship to other genres and popular culture, the rise of Christian radio and television, the history of religious music in America, politics, and other issues."


Reference & Research Book News

"Entries are well researched, and many include discographies and suggested reading."



"General readers."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313344251
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 505
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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