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Body Piercing Saved My Life is the first in-depth journalistic investigation into a subculture so large that it's erroneous to even call it a subculture: Christian rock. Christian rock culture is booming, not only with bands but with extreme teen Bibles, skateboarding ministries, Christian tattoo parlors, paintball parks, coffeehouses, and nightclubs,encouraging kids to form their own communities apart from the mainstream. Profiling such successful Christian rock bands as P.O.D., Switchfoot, Creed, Evanescence, and Sixpence None the Richer, as well as the phenomenally successful Seattle Christian record label Tooth & Nail, enormous Christian rock festivals, and more, Spin journalist Andrew Beaujon lifts the veil on a thriving scene that operates beneath the secular world's radar. Revealing, sympathetic, and groundbreaking, Body Piercing Saved My Life (named for a popular Christian rock T-shirt depicting Christ's wounds) is a fascinating look into the hearts and minds of an enormous, and growing, youth culture.

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"According to Beaujon, contributing writer for Spin, sales of Christian music totaled 47 million albums in 2003 — outselling jazz, classical music and New Age combined, with sales climbing 10% each year for the past five years. Beaujon came up with the title of his book from a T-shirt he saw at the Cornerstone Christian music festival depicting Jesus's hands with holes in them. In addition to promoting fundamentalist evangelical Christianity, such messages, Beaujon explains, delivered in either folky ballad lilts or throat-wrenching Steven Tyleresque heavy metal screams, are strongly antiabortion ('stop killing my generation'), staunchly conservative (70% of Christian rockers and their fans are Republicans) and provirginity ('dating is prostitution'). Beaujon developed the book from a series of pieces written for Spin and, consequently, the text reads like pithy, onsite, you-are-there set pieces. In 'Black and White in a Gray World,' he profiles a day in the life of youthful prolife Christian rockers who tout their anticontraception, antiabortion and anti — stem cell research messages through prolife rock music. Many of Beaujon's musical references may be obscure to those over 25, but his insider view of the ideologically passionate world of Christian rock is compelling. Beaujon — an agnostic — reports well but passes no judgment. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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A behind-the-scenes account of the subculture of modern Christian rock music.

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A riveting, in-depth, behind-the-scenes account of the subculture of modern Christian rock music, which saw estimated sales of one billion dollars in 2003 alone

Synopsis:

A contributing writer for "Spin" offers a behind-the-scenes account of the subculture of modern Christian rock music.

About the Author

Andrew Beaujon is a senior contributing writer for Spin and has written for the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, the Guardian, and Salon. He lives in Virginia.

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Meghan Scott, May 1, 2007 (view all comments by Meghan Scott)
Beaujon's venture into the land of Christian rock is a brave one. With its own language, its own culture, and its own history, Christian rock is something usually left to the insiders. Most stories of this world have usually been speculation, a story only told from outsiders to outsiders, by way of an outsider's viewpoint, lacking a sense of understanding. Somehow Beaujon has gone much deeper into this culture and been taken in by some of the bigger names. I applaud Beaujon's openness in reporting facts (the short history was a good recap for me), and his ability to not judge harshly. As a person who has been in the mentioned culture for more than 10 years, I felt like Beaujon had written part of my life story. It seems almost a sigh of relief to have a book that knows what I know about a music industry created in its own subculture. While some more complex issues didn't seem to be approached, the only real problem I encountered was that when the book was finished I wish it had only been more in depth and quite a bit longer.
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ISBN:
9780306814570
Author:
Beaujon, Andrew
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Christianity
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Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Rock music
Subject:
Religious - Contemporary Christian
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Christian rock music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Rock music -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
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Biography-Religious
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Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060631
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TRADE PAPER
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English
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Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14.6 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "According to Beaujon, contributing writer for Spin, sales of Christian music totaled 47 million albums in 2003 — outselling jazz, classical music and New Age combined, with sales climbing 10% each year for the past five years. Beaujon came up with the title of his book from a T-shirt he saw at the Cornerstone Christian music festival depicting Jesus's hands with holes in them. In addition to promoting fundamentalist evangelical Christianity, such messages, Beaujon explains, delivered in either folky ballad lilts or throat-wrenching Steven Tyleresque heavy metal screams, are strongly antiabortion ('stop killing my generation'), staunchly conservative (70% of Christian rockers and their fans are Republicans) and provirginity ('dating is prostitution'). Beaujon developed the book from a series of pieces written for Spin and, consequently, the text reads like pithy, onsite, you-are-there set pieces. In 'Black and White in a Gray World,' he profiles a day in the life of youthful prolife Christian rockers who tout their anticontraception, antiabortion and anti — stem cell research messages through prolife rock music. Many of Beaujon's musical references may be obscure to those over 25, but his insider view of the ideologically passionate world of Christian rock is compelling. Beaujon — an agnostic — reports well but passes no judgment. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A behind-the-scenes account of the subculture of modern Christian rock music.
"Synopsis" by ,
A riveting, in-depth, behind-the-scenes account of the subculture of modern Christian rock music, which saw estimated sales of one billion dollars in 2003 alone
"Synopsis" by , A contributing writer for "Spin" offers a behind-the-scenes account of the subculture of modern Christian rock music.
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