Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll: My Life on Record

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If this book moves, I hope it moves in the way pop songs do. There will be a lot of talk about songs, but inasmuch as this is a book about listening to music, it's also about how listening to music makes us who we are, or at least about how it makes me who I am, and so it is an exploration, an idiosyncratic and opinionated and particular one, of a self shaped by the oddly intersecting forces of the American evangelical Protestant church and the American popular music scene. I don't mean for that to sound ...

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Overview

If this book moves, I hope it moves in the way pop songs do. There will be a lot of talk about songs, but inasmuch as this is a book about listening to music, it's also about how listening to music makes us who we are, or at least about how it makes me who I am, and so it is an exploration, an idiosyncratic and opinionated and particular one, of a self shaped by the oddly intersecting forces of the American evangelical Protestant church and the American popular music scene. I don't mean for that to sound hoity-toity—if this were fifteen years ago, I would say that this book was about Christian music, and I would know exactly what I meant. My purpose now is not only to talk about Christian music." I am not here to explicate Christian music, to explain why it exists and whether it is any good. Instead, think of what you're about to read as like an iPod playlist, a collection of essays and thoughts on listening to music and having faith and how they have made me, and a lot of people like me, and maybe you. Also, there will be some jokes about Stryper."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608993277
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Series: Experiences in Evangelicalism Series
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Heng Hartse is a youth group dropout turned know-it-all music critic who lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife. He has written about music for a number of publications including Paste, Geez, Blurt, Christianity Today, Beliefnet, the Stranger, the Portland Mercury, Killing the Buddha, Image, and a number of other publications.

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