Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary by Jay R. Howard

By Jay R. Howard

Apostles of Rock is the 1st aim, complete exam of the modern Christian song phenomenon. a few see CCM performers as ministers or musical missionaries, whereas others outline them as entertainers or artists. This well known musical move basically inspires quite a few responses about the dating among Christ and tradition. The ensuing tensions have splintered the style and given upward push to false impression, clash, and an obsessive concentrate on self-examination. As Christian stars Amy provide, Michael W. Smith, DC speak, and Sixpence None the Richer climb the mainstream charts, Jay Howard and John Streck discuss CCM as an incredible move and convey how this musical style pertains to a bigger pop culture. They map the area of CCM via bringing jointly the views of the folk who practice, examine, industry, and hear this track. by means of interpreting CCM lyrics, interviews, performances, websites, and chat rooms, Howard and Streck discover the spiritual and aesthetic tensions in the CCM neighborhood. eventually, the clash established round Christian song displays the trendy non secular community's knowing of evangelicalism and the community's complicated dating with American pop culture.

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Routley's assumptions concerning the rational nature of worship, for example, would undoubtedly be challenged by the more emotional, experience-oriented Charismatic and Pentecostal evangelicals who fostered much of early Christian rock. Most evangelicals would be more than willing to grant that CCM is of little use if one wants to promote rational, detached worship, but they would also argue against the emptiness of such worship. On the whole, the evangelical church has attempted to replace the detached, rational religious experience with a subjective and emotional one.

47 The same, he claimed, is true of Indonesian and East Indian Hindu cultures. More explicitly, Larson further argued that "it is the nonchristian spiritual environment of Africa and Asia that has historically produced the most primitive musical forms. " 48 Presumably supporting this claim is yet another take on the fable of the missionary: "A missionary in an uncivilized region ofMrica told me of an experiment he conducted with music. One of his tapes was a recording of semi-classical music.

Curtis claims that the Blackwood Brothers, a pioneering southern gospel group, were a particularly strong influence on Presley and a "harbinger for musical trends. " 6 And Elvis Presley was not the only early rocker connected to religious traditions. Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard both came from Pentecostal backgrounds similar to Presley's, and both brought the energy of the Pentecostal church service to the performances of rock music. 7 Similarly, Chuck Berry (the son of a Origins and Oppositions 27 Baptist preacher), Buddy Holly ("a devout Baptist to the end of his life"), Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin had all started out as church or gospel singers.

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