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Carpenter's Tools
Box 100, Willmar, MN 56201 , (320) 235-0115; fax: (320) 235-0185.
Partners with established overseas ministries and performs outreach concerts with 4-5 week tours using short term summer music teams. Carpenter's Tools is seeking young people with a strong commitment to Christ, good interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate clearly, and high quality musicianship. Our music style varies...predominantly Christian contemporary and rock...some hymn arrangements and praise choruses-especially in church concerts. During the year Carpenter's Tools tours the U.S. giving concerts in churches and Christian colleges and sharing mission trip experiences, opportunities for musicians to audition, and invitations to support this ministry generally.

Chalmers Music Seminars (with Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ)
P.O. Box 39008 , Cleveland, OH 44139-0008 , (440) 243-2299 or toll free for booking: (800) 974-7938.
Phil Chalmers is personable and relational. His mission is to expose secular music and encourage good Christian music. Although he was mentored by Bob Larson and the Peters Brothers, he is not quite so negative on rock music. He admits the positive in most groups, but focuses on the negative. He stays abreast of this rapidly changing vast field of knowledge, and his book, True Lies: Today's Music. The Truth Will Scare You is a source of much information on (150) current groups and popular artists.

Christian Music Connection
1104 Green Oak Lane , Knoxville, TN 37932 , (423) 966-2624 (and fax),
CMC is a support network for Christian artists in their local communities. Its vision is to create chapters for Christian artists in communities throughout the world. Its mission of each chapter is to provide opportunities for Fellowship, Spiritual Growth, Accountability, Artistic Development, and Exposure for artists. Each chapter hosts monthly meetings and other special events.

Focus on the Family
Colorado Springs, CO 80995 , (800)232-6459
Conservative culture watch. "Plugged In" is a newletter with up-to-date reviews of films, videos, music and more. Helpful for parents especially.

Focus on the Family (Canada)
P.O. Box 9800, Stn. Terminal, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4G3
Conservative culture watch. "Plugged In" is a newletter with up-to-date reviews of films, videos, music and more. Helpful for parents especially. Chart Watch is a reference guide to 400 music releases reviewed in "Plugged In." (suggested donation is $13.)

P.O. Box 680848, Franklin, TN 37068 , (800) 725-3300, 
Interlinc is a bridge between youth ministry and music. It exists to link people and resources of the Christian music industry. Its goal is to serve youth leaders by getting the best music in their hands to change students' lives, and to do it at the cheapest cost possible. YOUTH LEADERSHIP ONLY is the original youth ministry resource year sends you 36 CDs or cassettes, 4 long-form videos, Bible Studies written to go with the music, plus posters, stickers, etc. Interlinc keeps up to date Comparison Charts to help students find Christian music similar to the styles of secular artists. (See YM: Music Comparison) Internlinc is increasingly interested in helping young people worship with good music. They have helped spread the music of Delirious in the U.S.



Alan, C. (1992). Outside is America: U2 in the US London and Boston: Faber and Faber.


Baker, P. (1985). Contemporary christian music: Where it came from, what it is, where it is going. Crossway Books. A good summary of the variety of and industry of Christian music. Unfortunately, dated and out of print.


Bill, B. (1984). Rock and roll: Proceed with caution, old tappan. Fleming Revell. A moderate response to negative critics.


Borgman, D. (1997). Toward a theology of music. In Borgman, D. (1997). When kumbaya is not enough. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson. pp. 172-188.  Attempts to help leaders and young people exegete or interpret secular music with an understanding of what music is and does in culture and our lives.


Boyles, M. (1994). Hole in our soul: The loss of beauty and meaning in american popular music. New York City: MacMillan Free Press. Important look at post-modern aspects of pop music using illustrations similar to those in Tipper Gore and Robert DeMoss. Some sense more hype than critical substance and a generally negative stance toward the subject.


Broughton, S. et al. (1994). World music (the rough guide). London: Rough Guides of Penguin. This is a great book on world music. Here you will find description of music, instruments, and artists from seventy different countries and regions "everything from salsa to soukous, cajun to calypso, rai to qawwali." Major pieces are back up by interviews with the key groups and artists, translations of lyrics, and extensive reviews and discographies.


Carduci, J. (An assumed name.). (1990). Rock and the pop narcotic: Testament of the electronic church, volume 1. Chicago: Redoubt Press. An interesting critique of popular music, the current youth culture and state of rock music from a disillusioned insider’s perspective.


Chambers, J. (1985). Urban rhythms: Pop music and popular culture. MacMillan. Examines the place of leisure, youth, and pleasure in contemporary popular culture.


Clifford, M. (ed.). The illustrated encyclopedia of black music. New York City: Harmony Books. More than 650 biographies from the 1940s to 1980s.


DeMoss, R.G. Jr. (1992). Learn to discern. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.Bob and his staff have investigated music, television and advertising very carefully and provided a graphic warning about their dangers.


Doney, M. (1981, 1982). Lennon & Mccartney: A serious analysis of their songwriting and how it was influenced by their times. London & New York: Omnibus Press.


Ekstrom. (ed.). (1992). Media and culture. Don Bosco Multimedia. This book is one of the publishers "Access Guides to Youth Ministry" and an expanded revision of their earlier Guide to Pop Culture. It prepares the youth minister to understand the prophetic issues in presenting the Good News to modern young people. It is a practical guide to media literacy with practical suggestions for use of media in youth ministry.


Erlewine, M. & Bultman, S. (eds.). (1992). All music guide: The best cds, albums & tapes. San Francisco: Miller Freeman, Inc. This guide helps you build a collection, explore new kinds of music, and directs you to the best in and out of print.


Flanagan, B. (1987). Written in my soul: Conversations with rock’s great songwriters. Chicago & New York City: Contemporary Books. Significant discussions about the importance of lyrics and the inspiration/perspiration argument about what produces great music. Insights into the spirituality of music.


Frith, S. (1981). Sound effects: Youth, leisure, and the politics of rock’nroll. New York City: Pantheon Books.


George, N. (1998). Hip hop America: The death of rhythm & blues. Viking of Penguin. Looks at the post-Civil-Rights, post-Soul, Black Gen X in America giving a brief history of hip hop and rap and showing how a coalition of Hollywood, Madison Ave., and Wall Street embraced hip hop and gangsta rap. "Always," this author says, "innovations in culture come straight from the streets."


Gilreath, C. Entertainment monitor. Hollywood, CA. Magazine that interprets popular music, lyrics, etc. for parents of young children.


Gore, T. (1987). Raising pg kids in an x-rated society. Abingdon Press. Having served on the Task Force on Children and Television of the Academy of Pediatrics, she founded the Parents’ Music Resource Center (which succeeded in getting parental advisories on music and raised the ire of the pop artist community). This book exposes the dangers of offensive lyrics and suggests parental concern and ratings.


Hardy, P. & Laing, D. (1995). The da capo companion to 20th-century popular music. A standard reference in the field which covers genres from Broadway shows to rap, from Bing Crosby to Nirvana, from world music to avant-garde jazz.


Heilbut, A. (1971, 1985). The gospel sound: Good news & bad times. New York City: Limelight. This thorough survey reads a little like a gospel song, according to James Baldwin. Good introduction to Gospel music with insights into well-and lesser-known singers.


Hippies, hindus & rock and roll. (1969). McCook, Nebraska.


Hopkins J. & Sugerman, D. (1980). No one here gets out alive: Biography of Jim Morrison. Warner Books.


Hopkins, Jerry. (1983). Hit and run: The Jimi Hendrix story. New York City: Perigee Books.


Jenkins, S., Wilson, E., et al. Ego trip’s book of rap lists. St. Martins’ Griffin. The wild and demented side of rap is the style of this book of trivial and more important lists. Who and what were the baddest, dumbest, greatest, best…? For rap fanatics, this book might be for their coffee table or bathroom magazine basket.


Kaplan, E.A. (1987). Rocking around the clock: Music television, postmodernism & consumer culture. New York City & London: Methuen. Examines the cultural context of Music Television (MTV) and its relationship to the history of rock music. Analysis of the various types of music videos.


Krasilovsky, M.W. & Shemel, S. (1995). This business of music. Watson-Guptill Publications. Some call this the bible of the music industry. "An exhaustive reference on economic, legal and financial aspects of the music business. Sections of recording companies and artists, music publishers and writers...contracts, independent record producers, work permits for foreign artists, copyright laws, public domain music, trademarks, music sampling, and taxation."


Krasilovsky, M.W. & Shemel, S. (1994). More about this business of music. Billboard Directories. A complement to This business of music.


Landau, D. (1971). Janis Joplin: Her life and times. New York City: Paperback Library of Coronet Publications.


Larson, B. (1982). ROCK: For those who listen to the words and don’t like what they hear. Living Books, Tyndale. Castigates rock.


Larson, B. (1988). Your kids and rock. Tyndale Pocket Guide.


Lawhead, S. (1981). Rock of this age. InterVarsity Press. A sound Christian art critic offers a moderate opinion.


Light, A. (ed.). The vibe history of hip-hop. Crown/Three Rivers Press. Following the general style of The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, this book presents a fine history of early hip-hop: bombers/taggers or graffiti artists, break dancers, and DJs. Its critique of rap grows soft as it proceeds. In fact, the serious reader will find it fails in any critical mission to show rap’s positive and negative features. Its closing chapter, Greg Tate’s "Fifteen Arguments in Favor of the Future of Hip-hop," is prophetic and inspiring.


Lull, J. (ed.). (1992). Popular music and communication. (2nd ed.). London & Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. Brilliant essays about the nature of music in the youth and popular cultures.


Marsh, D. (1979). Born to run: The Bruce Springsteen story. Dell.


Marsh et al. (1985). The first rock and roll confidential report. Pantheon.


Menconi, A. (1989). Today’s music: A window to your child’s soul. David C. Cook. An alarming message as to how rock music can destroy a family. Instructs parents not to dictate exactly what music they may or may not listen to, but to instruct them as to what is wrong with listening to secular rock: "an amazing number of Christians consume huge quantities of the world’s garbage without giving it a second thought!" (p. 125) Encourages good Christian rock.


Miller, J. (ed.). (1976, 1980). The Rolling Stone illustrated history of rock and roll. New York City: Random House.


Nelson, H. & Gonzales, M.A. (1991). Bring the noise: A guide to rap music and hip-hop culture. New York City: Harmony Books. Written by insiders with a hip-hop attitude, this is a good introduction to and survey of rap music. Interviews, essays, and a few pictures.


Norman, P. (1981). SHOUT! The true story of the Beatles. London: Elm Tree Books.


Norman, P. (1980, 1983). Bowie changes: The illustrated David Bowie story. London & New York City: Omnibus Press.


Orman, J. (1984, 1986). The politics of rock music. Chicago: Nelson-Hall. Examines the relationship of rock and politics, the ideas of various politicians, reactions of the media, theories of scholars, and responses from fans and musicians.


Passman, D. All you need to know about the music business. This attorney provides us with important insights into the music business. One reader says it "completely demystifies the workings of the entire music industry—in a musician-friendly way." Deals with "Your Team of Advisors, Record Deals, Songwriting and Music Publishing, Group Issues, Touring, Merchandising, Motion Picture Music."


Peters, D. & S. (1984). Why knock rock? Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers. Primarily negative critique of all secular rock music.


Reynolds, S. (1990). Blissed out: The raptures of rock. London: Serpent’s Tail. Celebrates the underground music of the late 1980s showing the rock is not dead despite the New Right and consumerism of popular culture.


Rolling Stone. (1983). Rock almanac: The chronicles of rock and roll. New York City: Collier.


Romanowski, P. & George-Warren, H. with Pareles, J. (1995). The new rolling stone encyclopedia of rock & roll (revised & updated). New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Tokyo, and Singapore: Fireside, A Rolling Stone Press Book. "Full coverage of every aspect of the rock scene. It’s all here from the tremendous impact of Madonna, MTV, rap, and alternative rock to profiles of...musicians, both famous and infamous."


Schultze et al. (1991). Dancing in the dark: Youth pop culture and the electronic media. Eerdmans. Raises challenging questions and suggestions for a philosophy of pop art and culture. See Chapters 6-7 on rock music and videos.


Sexton, A. (ed.). (1995). Rap on rap: Straight-up talk on hip-hop culture. New York City: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing. May be the best introduction to interpreting and critiquing rap music. This book takes a courageous middle path showing the artistic and moral highs and lows of this art form.


Shore, M. (1984). The rolling stone book of rock video. New York City: Quill.


Stanley, L.A. (1992). Rap the lyrics: The words to rap’s greatest hits. New York City, London, Toronto, Victoria: Viking Penguin Books. Not exhaustive, but very helpful in getting at hard to determine lyrics. This begs a supplement.


Storr, A. (1992). Music and the mind. New York City: Ballantine Books. Significant reflections from a psychiatrist and music critic.


Szatmary, D.P. (1987, 1990). Rockin’ in time: A social history of rock-and-roll. (2nd ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Explores the four decades of rock music from the Mississippi Delta through the 1980s mostly in the American but also British context. Relates music to social history. Good bibliography.


Troitsky, A. (1987). Back in the ussr: The true story of rock in Russia. London, New York, Sydney, Cologne: Omnibus Press."The only authoritative first-hand account of the history and development of rock music in the Soviet Union from about 1960 to 1986. The author is the foremost expert on Soviet Rock."


Turner, S. (1988, 1995). Hungry for heaven: Rock ‘n roll & the search for redemption. InterVarsity Press. The results of years of great interviews with significant pop musicians, this book contains very significant insights into the spirituality of music.

Ward, P. (1992). Music. In Ward, P. (1992). In Youth culture and the gospel. London: Marshall Pickering and HarperCollins. pp. 82-91. A youth leader and musician talks about music in the lives of ordinary kids.


Ward, P. (1993). Music. In Ward, P. (1993). Worship and youth culture. London: Marshall Pickering. pp. 134-142.  One of the first thoughtful discussions about young people using their music to worship God. We need to carry on this discussion with some serious research.


White, T. (1990). Rock lives: Profiles and interviews. New York City: Henry Holt. Remarkable insights into the personal lives and inner souls of music greats.


White, T. (1983). Catch the fire: The life of Bob Marley. New York City: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.


Wiseman, R. (1982). Jackson Browne: The story of a hold-out. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.


Dean Borgman cCYS