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No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism (Paperback)
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No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism (Paperback)

Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 01/02/2013
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In this cultural history of evangelical Christianity and popular music, David Stowe demonstrates how mainstream rock of the 1960s and 1970s has influenced conservative evangelical Christianity through the development of Christian pop music. The chart-topping, spiritually inflected music created a space in popular culture for talk of Jesus, God, and Christianity, thus lessening for baby boomers and their children the stigma associated with religion while helping to fill churches and create new modes of worship. Stowe shows how evangelicals' increasing acceptance of Christian pop music ultimately has reinforced a variety of conservative cultural, economic, theological, and political messages.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469606873
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
Edition: New edition

Bring[s] the Jesus Movement to life.--Journal of Religious Studies

Stowe has provided an intriguing, important, and readable book, ably showing both the sympathies that conservative Christians held toward the "devil" of rock 'n roll and countercultural affectations.--Journal of Southern Religion

A useful look at the early days of evangelical popular culture that shows that the walls between the secular and evangelical worlds are not thin, but nonexistent.--The Southern Register

A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the relationship between evangelical Christianity and popular music.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Stowe's book is an admirable effort and one of the few real histories of this genre that is still in print.--School of the Rock blog

The exploration of musical/social/political connections is perhaps the greatest strength of this well-written, carefully researched book. Stowe explains the early development of Christian pop and rock music more thoroughly than perhaps any other book available.--Library Journal starred review

A compelling spiritual biography of--and a vivid memory book for--the boomer generation . . . a rich source for further thought on America's nth Great Awakening.--Journal of Religion

The real success story of political pop in recent history is the saga of Christian rock. . . Stowe follows Christian pop as it evolves from sound-tracking the left-leaning countercultural Jesus movement, with its saucer-eyed teen burnouts baptized in the surf of '60s Corona del Mar, California, to mobilizing Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority and the Reagan Revolution.--Bookforum

A significant addition to most types of libraries. . . . Highly recommended for academic library collections, although it is readable enough to be considered for public libraries as well.--Tennessee Libraries

Highly entertaining. . . . Those concerned with God's missional activities in America, past and present, would benefit richly from this book, as it analyzes a movement that deserves to be counted among America's great revivals.--Missiology

Stowe offers a serious and impressive examination. . . . Anyone even remotely interested in American or religious studies will be captivated by this study.--Publishers Weekly

Recommended. Most levels/libraries.--Choice

Stowe's work stands out as one of the most compelling and entertaining examinations of evangelicalism that has been published in recent years. This book is an indispensible read for historians, religious studies scholars, and those with an abiding interest in evangelicalism.--Journal of Southern History

Stowe's engaging book makes an excellent contribution; I recommend it highly for both scholars and students.--Journal of American History

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