Where It Came From, What It Is, Where It's Going
© 1985 Paul Baker
Crossway Books, Westchester, Illinois All Rights Reserved
1. Contemporary Christian music History and
ML3187.5 .B25 ~~ 783.6/09 19 ~~ LCCN: 8472002 ~~ OCLC: 12075389 ~~ 279p.
Contemporary Christian Music is presently held by 223 libraries including the Yale University Music Library and The Library of Congress.
Table of Contents
Prelude 1979 by Pat Boone ix
Foreword 1979 by Larry Norman xi
Introduction 1979-1985 xv
Part I: 1955-1978
1/ Eve of Destruction 3
2/ He's Everything to Me 10
3/ Jesus Is Just Alright 18
4/ Jesus Christ, S. R. O. (Standing Room Only) 25
5/ Little Country Church 31
6/ Turn Your Radio On 42
7/ Day by Day 49
8/ Pass It On 53
9/ Fat City 60
10/ It's Only Right 65
11/ The Rock That Doesn't Roll 74
12/ All Day Dinner 82
13/ Let Us Be One 89
14/ Superstar 96
15/ We Need a Whole Lot More of
and a Lot Less Rock and Roll 105
16/ Gospel Light 109
17/ Time We Returned 114
Part II: 1979-1984
18/ Hits and Singles 123
19/ Music and Mammon: Entertainment or Ministry? 132
20/ Reaching the Young 137
21/ Crossing Over from the Other Side 141
22/ Penetrating the Secular Market 151
23/ Aerobimania and Fallen Warriors 157
24/ Coping with Burnout 161
25/ Praise and Worship 168
26/ Common Ground, New Controversy 174
27/ New Frontiers 182
28/ International Ripples 190
29/ Muscle Shoals 203
30/ Gospel Music: Christian Witness 211
Appendix A: ''Religious'' Songs Which Reached
Billboard Top 100 Pop charts 1955-1984 220
Appendix B: The Contemporary Christian
Family Tree1963-1978 225
Appendix C: Music Comparison Chart 239
This book is dedicated to the girl at the New Year's Eve concert in Denver whom I didn't hug, and to Charles McPheeters, who would have.
What People Are Saying
Anyone remotely interested in music will have to read this book
Larry Black, Radio Personality
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This book excels as a history of Contemporary Christian Music. . . A thoughtful, well-written account.
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Paul Baker's firsthand experience has given him a unique insight into the strengths and foibles of the Christian music scene. A well-balanced and comprehensive overview. The definitive work. . .
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Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is expanding at a faster rate than any other type of music. Already it outsells classical and jazz. Yet twenty years ago, it didn't even exist. What accounts for such amazing success?
Here is the full story behind the rise and rapid growth of CCM. Paul Baker takes us back to its beginnings in traditional Christian music; through its struggle for acceptance as it began to sound more and more like pop and rock; through its ''Jesus Music'' phase; and right up to the present as Christian punk, heavy metal, new wave, and techno-pop bands arrive on the scene, and as its biggest star, Amy Grant, becomes the first CCM solo artist to have an album certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Along the way, Baker examines some key issues facing CCM:
Is the music becoming ''too commercial''?
Can Christian artists stay in the secular industry and retain an authentic witness?
Will the distinctive Christian character of the music be diluted as it gains wider acceptance?
Can aggressive secular styles such as punk and heavy metal be successfully adapted by Christian artists?
Paul Baker has authored over four hundred articles on music for Saturday Evening Post, Billboard, Cashbox, Bookstore Journal, Group and other magazines. He was awarded Billboard Magazine's Air Personality Award for 1971 in Top 40 medium market radio. He has been a DJ on radio stations in Tampa, West Palm Beach, Denver, Wichita, Dallas, and Birmingham, Alabama. His one hour radio show, A Joyful Noise, was the longest continuously broadcast show of its kind in radio, airing for eleven years from 1970 to 1981.
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