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The Devil’s Music

How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ’n’ Roll

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$29.95 • £21.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674980846

Publication: March 2018

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344 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

23 halftones

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[E]xcellent… [V]aluable, clearly written and meticulously researched.—Christopher Carroll, The Wall Street Journal

[A] beautifully written, well-researched book… What Stephens has provided is an extensively evidenced account of just how tetchy Christians—especially theologically and politically conservative Christians in the U.S.—have been about popular music, while also wanting to make use of it when necessary to promote their version of the faith.—Clive Marsh, Times Higher Education

Stephens brilliantly explores the many enmities, ambiguities, adaptations, and constant braiding of rock music and conservative Christian youth culture as the electricity of rock music jolted and shocked parents and captivated teens and young adults. The fiercely fought battles over music, values, and taste were indeed proxy wars for the soul of the nation.—David N. Hempton, Dean of the Harvard Divinity School

An admirably balanced, exhaustively researched, consistently engaging narrative of the complex and fraught relationship between conservative Christians and popular music in the United States.—David W. Stowe, author of No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism

In this beautifully written, entertaining, and smart book, Stephens masterfully analyzes the religious roots of rock music, the evangelical response to the rise of rock music, and the ways in which evangelicals made rock music their own in recent decades.—Matthew Avery Sutton, author of American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism