Thief in the Night: The Rise of Contemporary Christian Rock

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William Carney/Cameron University
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Contemporary Christian Rock music occupies a very specific niche in popular cultures. Played on its own radio stations and at its own festivals such as Greenbelt, the music has taken on a more evangelical purpose over time and has become more-or-less consistent in its theological message. But, the music itself grew out of the ferment of the 1960s and 1970s and, during its early stages, took on many of the concerns and issues of the counterculture (Vietnam, Civil Rights, etc.). Indeed, "mainstream" artists such as Bob Dylan released albums that combined Christian theology with social concerns. I am seeking essays for an edited collection on the beginnings of Christian rock in the 1960s and 70s. Topics might include (but are not limited to)Larry Norman, Mylon LeFevre, Dylan's "Christian period," the use of Christian imagery by mainstream songwriters, and how Christian imagery informed music about social issues. Essays should be around 5000 words and in MLA format. Proposals of about 300-500 words will be due by January 31, 2014 with final drafts due June 1, 2014. Please contact William Carney at for additional information.