Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll: My Life on Record

Sects Love and Rock Roll My Life on Record Description If this book moves I hope it moves in the way pop songs do There will be a lot of talk about songs but inasmuch as this is a book about listening to music it s also about how listening

  • Title: Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll: My Life on Record
  • Author: Joel Heng Hartse
  • ISBN: 9781608993277
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Description If this book moves, I hope it moves in the way pop songs do There will be a lot of talk about songs, but inasmuch as this is a book about listening to music, it s also about how listening to music makes us who we are, or at least about how it makes me who I am, and so it is an exploration, an idiosyncratic and opinionated and particular one, of a self shapedDescription If this book moves, I hope it moves in the way pop songs do There will be a lot of talk about songs, but inasmuch as this is a book about listening to music, it s also about how listening to music makes us who we are, or at least about how it makes me who I am, and so it is an exploration, an idiosyncratic and opinionated and particular one, of a self shaped by the oddly intersecting forces of the American evangelical Protestant church and the American popular music scene I don t mean for that to sound hoity toity if this were fifteen years ago, I would say that this book was about Christian music, and I would know exactly what I meant My purpose now is not only to talk about Christian music I am not here to explicate Christian music, to explain why it exists and whether it is any good Instead, think of what you re about to read as like an iPod playlist, a collection of essays and thoughts on listening to music and having faith and how they have made me, and a lot of people like me, and maybe you Also, there will be some jokes about Stryper Endorsements If you can name the exact musical connection between Michael W Smith and Sufjan Stevens, then you don t need to read this book But you can t do that, can you None of us can But Joel Hartse can, and he does that kind of s on Every Single Page I m pretty sure he knows everything Plus, he s witty and wise I can t imagine a better book on the weird world of Christian rock Patton Dodd author of My Faith So Far A Story of Conversion and Confusion Part personal narrative and part cultural history, Joel Heng Hartse s musical memoir is a lovingly written ode to all that is weird and wonderful, disturbing and divine about the world of Christian rock Conversant in everything from White Town to Rebecca St James, Radiohead to Michael W Smith, Hartse provides a richly observant, nostalgic document of the shaping artifacts and sonic ephemera of his evangelical youth His book paints a picture of the recent past that will be funny, poignant, and therapeutic for anyone who grew up in a similar milieu Brett McCracken author of Hipster Christianity When Church and Cool Collide Joel Heng Hartse grew up during an era when Christian rock was actually kind of decent, but he was never shy about exploring all music He emerged equal parts Jesus freak and music geek His memoir is utterly charming but seriously, dude, Genesis Andrew Beaujon author of Body Piercing Saved My Life Joel Heng Hartse s travels and travails through the world of rock and roll spiritual, secular, and all those artists who aim to land somewhere in between add up to something like a lesson in music history But mostly, it s a warm, witty, and downright entertaining trek down one man s memory lane, a lane lined with insight, humor, and, of course, just enough love and sects to keep the pages turning Joel knows music, and after reading this book, you ll feel like you know Joel and that s a good thing Mark Moring Pop Culture Editor, Christianity Today There s so much to love here nostalgia tempered by wry humor a slice of rock and roll history rich in detail yet anchored in emotions we all share a series of tart but ultimately generous insights into the foibles of a religious subculture Joel Hartse s memoir is a postmodern pilgrim s progress, the story of a young man in search of truth and beauty, rendered in a voice that is at once self deprecating and heartfelt Gregory Wolfe Editor, IMAGE I basically stopped paying attention to Christian rock music right around the time Joel was getting into it But even though I recognized only a handful of the bands he cites here, I still found his account of growing up with church and pop music easy to relate to, and fun to read In an accessible, opinionated, and humorous way, he gets at what the music means and how that meaning has changed, for him personally and for the

    One thought on “Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll: My Life on Record”

    1. You kind of have to be an evangelical to get this book. Specifically one who came of age in the youth group subculture of the 90's, even more specifically one who devoured CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) in its more "indie" varieties. That's a pretty layered and dense specificity, but I can heartily say: that's me. Or maybe I'm just trying to sound cool.Hartse is a music nut and chronicles his early personal history in terms of CCM albums, much like I am and often do. At some point I have own [...]

    2. There was a time in my life when I loved some cringeworthy, vomitously-awful music. "I will love this Christian ska band above all other bands forever," I thought, at age seventeen. I was wrong.Fortunately, Joel Heng Hartse went through the same phase and wrote about it and made it funny, interesting, and even enlightening. Maybe the whole purpose of all that terrible art was so that I could read this book and laugh my head off. Who knows? In any case, it was worth it.

    3. Heng Hertse gives a conversational personal history of his lifelong love of rock music, particularly music with one foot in evangelical Christianity and one foot out. There are a lot of references that will appeal to those who know the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) subculture, but as someone who doesn't really know that world, I found it endearing regardless. He does well in capturing the can't-leave-can't-stay ambivalence that comes with growing up in a religion that presents both shortcom [...]

    4. Personally, this is closer to a "five-star" for me, but only because Hartse's life has mirrored my own chronologically. As a fellow child of '90's Christian rock, I could relate to so much of what he experienced and thought, as though everything were an inside joke. I cannot imagine anyone not living through similar experiences would find this book quite as engaging.

    5. Joel offers a critique of the evangelical subculture, here, laced with love and humor. While I lived in the CCM fan experience 15-20 years earlier than Joel, still I enjoy his asides and his arguments with himself and his history. More fun than I thought it would be. The questions at the end are SO hilarious.

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