Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music

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University Press of Kentucky, 1999 - Music - 299 pages
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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. --From publisher's description.

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Contents

What Pray Tell Is Contemporary
4
The Founding of CCM
24
Its a Ministry
49
Copyright

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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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