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Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (Recent Releases) [Paperback]

By Mark Allan Powell (Author)
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Pages   1000
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 7.6" Height: 1.97"
Weight:   4.11 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
Age  11
ISBN  1565636791  
EAN  9781565636798  


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This groundbreaking work covers both major and minor Christian music artists and those associated with Christian music from the '60s to the present day, highlighting their influences, their struggles, and their achievements. Powell treats each artist or group with a balanced, intriguing, and fresh look into their background and discography. Every entry summarizes critical response to the group, and provides band member lists, complete discographies, lists of awards, artist website addresses, and biographies of the artists. The fun, easy-to-read writing style provides fans with accessible information on their favorite artists, while also encouraging them to greater appreciation of the stylistic breadth and historical depth of the music they have come to love. The CD-ROM features a searchable version of the complete text for both Windows and Macintosh systems, as well as live links to artist-websites, album information, and music clips.

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This groundbreaking work covers both major and minor Christian music artists and those associated with Christian music from the '60s to the present day, highlighting their influences, their struggles, and their achievements. Powell treats each artist or group with a balanced, intriguing, and fresh look into their background and discography. Every entry summarizes critical response to the group, and provides band member lists, complete discographies, lists of awards, artist website addresses, and biographies of the artists. The fun, easy-to-read writing style provides fans with accessible information on their favorite artists, while also encouraging them to greater appreciation of the stylistic breadth and historical depth of the music they have come to love.

The CD-ROM features a searchable version of the complete text for both Windows and Macintosh systems, as well as live links to artist-websites, album information, and music clips.

"Mark Allan Powell has done a great service - not only to the vibrant scene we often call 'Christian rock, ' but to the rock and roll world in general and to the church. While it is true that many of us Christians have developed and relegated ourselves to a subculture, there are many artists living and working in this 'evangelighetto' that have made and are continuing to make relevant and very beautiful art. Yes, some music made by Christians can truly be labeled trite and propaganda, but there is a vast universe of musicians who are fusing their faith with their art in an outstanding way. This encyclopedia helps legitimize those remarkable artists that, up until this point, were clustered away as legends in an unknown and ignored genre. Treating this art with the respect it deserves, along with the occasional but warranted criticism, does a great justice. Good art deserves to be appreciated and this book helps save my voice from having to shout as loud to get people's attention for it."
--Doug Van Pelt, Editor, HM Magazine

"Powell's Encyclopedia is exhaustive, all that you'll ever want to know about the artists and history of Christian rock. This is a noble work - honest, fair and complete - paying respect where it is also overdue, and honoring the genre's true artists alongside its most successful sellers. Careful to value the art of pop music, Powell's greatest contribution is the thoughtful theological insights and honest critical voice. I wish I'd written it."
--Brian Quincy Newcomb, pastor of Christ UCC, Maplewood, Mo., and freelance music writer, contributing regularly to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and CCM Magazine

"Mark Allan Powell has accomplished a most formidable labor of love with the publication of this Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. With a fan's zeal and a scholar's dedication to research and accuracy, Powell has treated the music made by these artists - dismissed for too long by too many in the music business and the church - as a valid, and often vital chapter in the ongoing history of popular music and Christianity. Thorough, informed and opinionated, Powell's refreshing take on the music and its messages is an important contribution to this sadly overlooked phenomenon."
--Thom Granger, author and former editor of CCM magazine

"I wish this book had been available when I was working on mine. How Powell managed such comprehensive coverage is beyond me. This is certainly the defining volume of every recorded work our community has released. I am impressed and overwhelmed. So many of these works existed way under the radar and then disappeared almost instantly. It's important that they be remembered and archived for future generations. As a fan, and aspiring historian, I thank Mark Allen Powell from the bottom of my heart."
--John J. Thompson, Founder; True Tunes Etc., and Author of Raised By Wolves: The Story of Christian Rock and Roll

"More than a reference book, The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music is a fascinating commentary on the church in America since the late 1960s. For those of us who were part of the Jesus movement, this is a documentary on 'our' music. For all observers of the genre it is THE encyclopedia that provides a substantive historical context for today's industry. Powell's success at providing a comprehensive list 'of artists associated with contemporary Christian music' is exceeded only by the monumental size of this amazing undertaking. It takes an academic to create a useful tool of this nature. It takes an artist to make it enjoyable. Powell has demonstrated that he is both."
--Rick Edwards, Editor of CCM magazine

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Mark Allan Powell has published articles on contemporary Christian music in "Christian Century, Christianity Today, " and "Trinity Seminary Review." He is frequently interviewed in print and over the airwaves concerning the proliferation of rock, rap, and other popular genres of Christian music. He is Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and is the author of seventeen books, including the best-sellers "Jesus as a Figure in History" and "Narrative Criticism: A New Approach to the Bible."

Mark Allan Powell was born in 1953.

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Great book  Jan 7, 2009
This is a wonderfully informative book. When I recieved it, I just could not put it down. So many interesting facts and information. If you are a Christian music fan, it is a must own book.
I can't wait for an updated version or at least a contunuation to 2009.
 
This is actually a pretty good book  Nov 11, 2008
This book is very well done, and have loved reading it cover to cover. It tells of many groups from A-Z and very acurate and put together very well with much thought and plenty of heart. This is the one book to get for all you christian music enthusist who want to find out about their favorite bands. And the Jesus music era. The only downside to this book is that it dosent mention some artist which I was disappointed in that but very understandable, maybe because powell didnt know them or hear of them yet. Or the bands were created after the book was done either way I hope someday he will reissue this book again with other christian bands
 
Very Valuable Resource  Sep 16, 2008
My experience with CCM dates back to the mid 70s, on the tail end of the Jesus Movement. I attended my first Saturday night concert at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the group was Daniel Amos. They were just releasing their self titled debut album. I was hooked and hungry to find out as much as I could about other artists who were putting out this high quality music. Thank you to Mark Allan Powell for bringing back some great memories as well as for balancing first hand interviews, historical accounts and sound theological analysis. I was not expecting a resource work on a music genre that is not always known for its depth to challenge me, but Powell managed to do so by demonstrating how a number of the artists developed and matured in their understanding of God and themselves. The articles on Marsha Stevens and Sam Phillips in particular describe two CCM pioneers who do not fit into the tidy CCM image, but at the same time deserve prominent places in the history of the genre. A one of a kind resource. I look forward to an update.
 
Opinions not encyclopedia  Aug 31, 2008
I bought this book with high hopes that it would be an encyclopedia. Upon getting it and reading it the author's bias and opinions seem to carry more weight then just the facts. That's all I wanted, just the facts. Encyclopedia writers usually let their readers decide their opinions instead of brandishing theirs. He uses the book to get his church bashing in. If there is an updated version out or coming out from this author, I for one will not be purchasing it. Highly disappointing!
 
Biased and liberal spin on CCM  Jun 4, 2008
My son loaned me this book so I'd have something to occupy my time while recovering from surgery. I understand there may be an updated version out there, but I'm commenting on the original (2002) taking into consideration that it doesn't have the latest and greatest contained within.

On first glance I was thrilled to browse through this huge volume, but as I get more into it I am disappointed.

The Jesus Music and early CCM of the 1970s and early 80s played a major part in my faithwalk. I realize that no individual artist or band is perfect -- we've all blown it -- but reading some of the entries on certain brothers and sisters in Christ, you feel like you're getting "the dirt" like you would while perusing a secular rock publication.

The plethora of musicians Powell has included is outstanding, but his biases definitely show. "Anti-abortion" rather than "pro-life," for example. He knocks Phil Keaggy's "Who Will Speak Out for the Little Ones?" His attitude toward sexist language is so PC. As a woman I have no problem whatsoever singing or listening to "Rise Up O Men of God!" Can't believe he nitpicks about things like that. Finally, his lengthy treatise on Marsha Stevens is almost sickening.

So he's showing his colors as a liberal revisionist. Is this theologian a believer? One wonders. Is this otherwise helpful and informative work truly an encyclopedia? Or is it one man dissing orthodox Christians within the music industry? Hard to tell sometimes.
 

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