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The Resource The devil's music : how Christians inspired, condemned, and embraced rock 'n' roll, Randall J. Stephens

The devil's music : how Christians inspired, condemned, and embraced rock 'n' roll, Randall J. Stephens

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The devil's music : how Christians inspired, condemned, and embraced rock 'n' roll
Title
The devil's music
Title remainder
how Christians inspired, condemned, and embraced rock 'n' roll
Statement of responsibility
Randall J. Stephens
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When rock and roll emerged in the 1950s, ministers denounced it from their pulpits and Sunday school teachers warned of the music's demonic origins. The big beat, said Billy Graham, was "ever working in the world for evil." Yet by the early 2000s Christian rock had become a billion-dollar industry. The Devil's Music tells the story of this transformation. Rock's origins lie in part with the energetic Southern Pentecostal churches where Elvis, Little Richard, James Brown, and other pioneers of the genre worshipped as children. Randall J. Stephens shows that the music, styles, and ideas of tongue-speaking churches powerfully influenced these early performers. As rock 'n' roll's popularity grew, white preachers tried to distance their flock from this "blasphemous jungle music," with little success. By the 1960s, Christian leaders feared the Beatles really were more popular than Jesus, as John Lennon claimed. Stephens argues that in the early days of rock 'n' roll, faith served as a vehicle for whites' racial fears. A decade later, evangelical Christians were at odds with the counterculture and the antiwar movement. By associating the music of blacks and hippies with godlessness, believers used their faith to justify racism and conservative politics. But in a reversal of strategy in the early 1970s, the same evangelicals embraced Christian rock as a way to express Jesus's message within their own religious community and project it into a secular world. In Stephens's compelling narrative, the result was a powerful fusion of conservatism and popular culture whose effects are still felt today.--
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1973-
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Stephens, Randall J.
Dewey number
306.4/84260973
Index
index present
LC call number
ML3921.8.R63
LC item number
S74 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Rock music
  • Rock music
  • Rock music
  • Christian rock music
  • Fundamentalism
Label
The devil's music : how Christians inspired, condemned, and embraced rock 'n' roll, Randall J. Stephens
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Copyright
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Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pentecostalism and rock 'n' roll in the 1950s -- Race, religion, and rock 'n' roll -- The Beatles, Christianity, and the conservative backlash -- The advent of Jesus rock -- The fundamentalist reaction to Christian rock
Control code
on1002823769
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9780674980846
Lccn
2017038288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Stock number
14774875
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674980846
  • (OCoLC)1002823769
Label
The devil's music : how Christians inspired, condemned, and embraced rock 'n' roll, Randall J. Stephens
Publication
Copyright
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pentecostalism and rock 'n' roll in the 1950s -- Race, religion, and rock 'n' roll -- The Beatles, Christianity, and the conservative backlash -- The advent of Jesus rock -- The fundamentalist reaction to Christian rock
Control code
on1002823769
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9780674980846
Lccn
2017038288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Stock number
14774875
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674980846
  • (OCoLC)1002823769

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