Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock
I think the big problem (aside from the Greil-Marcus-meets-Raymond-Chandler style of writing) was that it's written by an outsider. Everything that Beaujon knows about Christian culture, and can explain about it, we already understand. I think it's imposs ...more
I'm a fan doing my own research on a slice of CC ...more
I just loved this book. I started reading it as part of my background reading for a book chapter I'm writing, but once I'd started I could hardly put it down. Though I don't think the title or the subtitle are particularly helpful, the actual content is really fascinating. Andrew Beaujon (writer for Spin magazine) presents more of an outsider's view of Christian rock, since he is not himself not a Christian, and he didn't know much about Christian rock at all before starting this major project....more
The strangest thing is the book's description versus what the writer felt about the subject.
Look at this:
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, c ...more
The author also comes to this (fascina ...more
For local interest, he does mention several Philadelphia-based artists such as Mewithouty ...more
From a Muslim point of view, this could be lent to the growing Muslim entertainment industry to use as lessons in the formation ...more
It got me really thinking about quality christian music. I mean for the most part christian rock at best is a 2nd rate copy to what is already there. (plus 1 for NSYNC, Jaci valasquez and staci orico for christina agula ...more
This is no masterpiece of reporting, but it's a fair, enjoyable, gracious look at one strange, multifaceted movement.