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"Steve Stockman has given us an important introduction of sorts to some of the most influencial people you never knew." -- Sarah Masen, January 2004

About the Author

Steve Stockman is a director, producer, and writer of films, television shows, and commercials. He made the feature film "Two Weeks" (2007) starring Sally Field, Ben Chaplin, and Tom Cavanagh. Every summer he mentors aspiring filmmakers and teaches video-making at Summer Stars Camp. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Relevant Books (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972927654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972927659
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,651,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Is anyone else a little bit bothered by the title phrase "Finding Eternal Truth in Unlikely Music." Stockman in obviously aware of the shallow, pat-your-own-back CCM machine, but what is the need for this title? Lauryn Hill's music an unlikely place to find truth? Hardly. While I understand Stockman's goal to make this "Unlikely Music" the standard-bearer for hopeful Christ-followers, why encourage this sort of language? It certainly doesn't help when trying to reccomend the book to those who have nothing to do with faithful discipleship. I'm guessing the publisher slapped this little subtitle on in order to make it more "marketable," but I think it's more than a little self-defeating.
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Steve Stockman is the host of a Belfast radio show on BBC Ulster called "Rythm and Soul." No news there. But it used to be called "The Gospel Show." But it wasn't gospel, it was a show playing "contemporary Christian music," which you can hear anywhere. When he took over the show, he immediately jacked up the rock content, playing Larry Norman, Vigilantes of Love, Victoria Williams and Bruce Cockburn, thus providing an unimaginable public service to the listening public, since you can't hear those artists anywhere. Imagine the funny joke of hearing Larry Norman on "The Gospel Show" when people turning in probably thought they'd get hymns. The leprecauns must be laughing at that one.
So why change the name of the show? It must be because while he could appreciate the edge and intelligence in the music of these artists, he just couldn't buy the faith part. But no, it turns out he's a Presbyterian chaplain. He just found more challenging, edgy and angry lyrics in Radiohead, Nirvana, and Bruce Springsteen than in those other artists. So now it really is a "gospel show," with these songs as springboards into his radical radio table talk. Only now the unheard, independent voices are once more cancelled out in favor of music you can hear anywhere.
Stockman summarily dismisses British singer Cliff Richard, but Richard has already been there with his own BBC "Rock Gospel" show, and complained that Larry Norman was the only artist he could find to connect with. Stockman writes as a fan, and that part is engaging and interesting. But he uses these insights as springboards into a simple gospel that, while obvious to him, is never quite spelled out. This part resembles rough sermon notes that only appear as afterthoughts and asides.
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The author takes a look at a baker's dozen of well known musicians and points out Christian elements in their works. In some cases this is more apparent than in others. However, it is much more apparent that the author has a politically liberal, anti-American axe to grind. Negative comments aimed at Republicans and anything related to them appear at unexpected and unnecessary moments. The putrid low point was contemplating the cause of 9/11 as being America's fault. Sadly, the author's take on an interesting premise is sandbagged by biased political commentary.
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