Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Body Piercing Saved My Life

Body Piercing Saved My Life
Andrew Beaujon

I just finished reading a great book called
Body Piercing Saved My Life. It's a book on CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) written by Andrew Beaujon, who's not even a Christian (he's an agnostic). As a writer from Spin magazine who seems to know alot about the music industry, he was very fair in his report on the goofy world of CCM. He could have been alot harder in his critique, considering the subject. But instead he presents a gift to the CCM world. I call it a gift because it would be beneficial for anyone in that scene to hear the opinions of an outsider who really knows music. It's pretty funny reading his experiences at all the CCM events like Cornerstone and the Dove Awards considering that he's an "outsider". There's a wide variety of characters you're introduced to in the book. You'll read about the die hard "CCM superstars" who are quite content in the Christian music bubble, to Christians who want nothing to do with that industry and instead make great art through the lens of their life and faith. Just as you don't have to be a U2 fan to enjoy the book "Bono in conversation", you don't have to be a Christian music fan to enjoy this one.

Oh, and the section where he chats with David Bazan is worth the price of the book.

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