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What’s Wrong With Rock? (7): Conclusion

What we set out to do in this series of articles was to answer the question, what is wrong with rock music? You young people have heard rock and roll blasted from various sources — your parents, the pulpit, your teachers; the more well-informed and well-read among you are aware that even many non-Christian sources […]

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What’s Wrong With Rock? (6): Performers

The following is the full correct sentence of an erroneously abbreviated one in the February issue. The typesetter regrets the omission and bears full responsibility. The sentence was on page 11, 9th paragraph 8th line: “Parents should know that the examples in this book aren’t the worst ones. Some top hits are so lewd that […]

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What is Wrong with Rock? (5): Lyrics

“Rock … is an open endorsement of sex permissiveness, perversion, drugs, disobedience to parents, hostility to society.”  David Ewen, “All the Years of American Popular Music” “From its beginning rock ‘n’ roll has been characterized by an almost antiliterate lyric style which at first developed organically from teenage slang (Crazy, man, crazy) and black idiom […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (5): Christian Rock

“Holy is rolling.” With diversity and steadily increasing frequency, it’s rocking. … behold, all things are being made new, or rather, contemporary. … holy is as holy does. A recent national report shows gospel outselling jazz and classical music …, and joining country music as the only recording category to turn a healthy profit.” l) […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (3): The Beat

In previous articles on rock music we have learned the meaning of the term rock ‘n’ roll, namely fornication; we have learned something of the roots of rock: jazz – in particular the blues, swing, boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues – and country. We have seen that it was largely the secular music of the […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (2): The Negro Influence

It was the music of the American Negro which brought about rock ‘n’ roll! This fact becomes very clear as we trace the origin of rock music. But in addition to the evidence presented to you in our consideration of this subject in the two previous installments of “What’s Wrong with Rock? ‘ ‘ we […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (1): Origin (Concluded)

As we noted in the first installment on the origin of rock music in the May issue of the “Beacon Lights”, jazz had its origins primarily in the whorehouses of New Orleans, although it was also played in the saloons, dance halls, juke-joints and cabarets surrounding the ” red-light ” district. The two main elements […]

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What’s Wrong with Rock? (1) Term and Origin

In our introduction to the subject of rock music in the April issue of the Beacon Lights, we mentioned that rock ‘n’ roll was born out of the union of black and white popular music: rhythm and blues – the predominant influence – and country and pop. In this article, we hope to explore this […]

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What Stands in the Way

Having joined the Protestant Reformed denomination shortly before marriage, I have often wished I had received the wealth of sound instruction which some of you possibly take for granted. From infancy on you are surrounded by the Word of God in all its truth and riches, in church, home, and school. Think of the thorough, […]

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