Genesis of a Genre

The Birth of Christian Rock

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Pub Date 28 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 11 Dec 2023
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October 31, 1969: Hollywood, California.

Contemporary Christian Music is still four years away from being “a thing.” Larry Norman, one of the progenitors of the emerging genre, has just released his first Christian album, “Upon This Rock.” Amy Grant is 9 years old. Matthew Ward, of the 2nd Chapter of Acts, is eleven.

At the Salt Company Coffee House in Hollywood, Larry Norman shared the platform with a Southern California “power-trio” who called themselves, Agăpē.

Intrigued with the gritty and unapologetically loud “blues-edge” to their music, Larry Norman “came out of his seat,” excited by the possibilities. No one else in his experience had yet married such hard-driving, high-energy rock music to the Gospel message.

Playing out against the backdrop of the Jesus Movement – the “Fourth Great Awakening” in American Evangelical history – 20,000 people were reported to have responded to Agăpē’s audacious, Gospel message.

And then, at their peak, they simply disappeared.

A prequel to Contemporary Christian Music, the story of Agăpē is a story of beginnings; the Genesis of a Genre. It’s a tale about “the days of old” and The Birth of Christian Rock, when minstrels became messengers and the Word became flesh once again. 

October 31, 1969: Hollywood, California.

Contemporary Christian Music is still four years away from being “a thing.” Larry Norman, one of the progenitors of the emerging genre, has just released his...


Advance Praise

Winner: Best Spiritual/Religious Book. 

[Honorable Mention for the Best Biography]

Hollywood Book Festival, 2023.

Winner: Best Book: Music

International Impact Book Awards, 2023

Winner: Best Christian Book

Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, 2023.

“….a profound exposition of the genesis of contemporary Christian rock music in America. This is a deeply stirring read …..a relevant and timely read.”

– Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“Markko recounts the band’s journey with the tenor of a storyteller spinning a yarn about the old days. A reader interested in the history of Contemporary Christian Rock, or the Jesus People movement, will appreciate this lively retelling.”

– BookLife Reviews

“….. more than just a foray into a musical genre; it’s an exploration of friendship, spiritual growth and the profound propagation of divine love. A must-read for those seeking a heartwarming narrative on faith, music, and unity.”

– Literary Titan Reviews

“……his narrative is often captivating. A warm and informal history of a movement and its music.”

– Kirkus Reviews

Winner: Best Spiritual/Religious Book. 

[Honorable Mention for the Best Biography]

Hollywood Book Festival, 2023.

Winner: Best Book: Music

International Impact Book Awards, 2023

Winner: Best Christian Book

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