I memorized my Bible verses and I guess I showed some sort of spiritual leadership. I won Camper of the Week. Nobody knew about the nerdy kid I had pushed in the pond, still wearing his pants and shoes. Why couldn't regular life be more like Mountain View Bible Camp? The next summer, I went back to camp to work as support staff. I didn't want to leave the safety, the spiritual highs, God's shelter from a sinful world. We replaced siding on a dorm, repaired bunks, washed dishes, and helped the counselors manage the kids. The camp had nightly sermons, and the preacher that summer came to speak about the evils of rock'n'roll -- not just secular bands like the Chili Peppers or U2, but Contemporary Christian Music artists like Amy Grant. She'd had an affair with fellow CCM star Michael English -- proof, in this preacher's mind, that rock drumbeats reveal poor character and lead to sex. After one of these sermons, my funny, light-hearted brother Marco, then 12 years old, went forward to "get saved" and "dedicate his life to Christ." In the fundamentalist lingo, these were two different events; one kept you out of hell and the other changed your life here on earth. Marco didn't see any reason to waste time between the two. Later that night, he came to my room and told me what he'd done. "Do you think I need to give up my music?" he asked. Dad's music was implied. Friends at public school had turned him onto the Spin Doctors and Boys II Men. We staff members didn't have any bed frames, so I sat low on my mattress, in the middle of the floor, like some kind of spiritual guru. "I don't see any other way," I said. That was my job, you know, as a past Mountain View Bible Camp Camper of the Week, assistant counselor, and ascendant "spiritual leader." Well, both Dad and Marco have birthdays this month, and we've come a long way since then, playing rock music in smoky bars, all three of us together for awhile a few years back. I figure if God didn't like rock'n'roll he wouldn't have created guys like Adolph Rickenbacker or Les Paul. Marco, I'm sorry about that night at camp. The Spin Doctors weren't really that great, but a good big brother would have told you about The Joshua Tree or Automatic for the People or Nevermind. Kurt Cobain, God rest his soul: I like to think he and St. Paul and Martin Luther are together with the Lord, commiserating over their angst. Back then, I just didn't know any better. Jesse James DeConto is a writer and musician in Durham, N.C.
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Top 10 Censored Rock Songs
In this instance, it was a stutter that flustered the good ol' British Broadcasting Corporation. Upon the release of My Generation, the BBC banned the song from the airwaves due to Roger Daltrey s stuttering of some lines. The official reason was that the single might offend listeners who had stuttering problems. In addition, there were rumors that some folks at the BBC thought that the line Why dont you all f-f-f-fade away suggested another f-word.
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'We Will Rock You': A Bohemian Musical
(SOUNDBITE OF "RADIO GAGA) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Singing) And everything, we want to get, we download from the Internet. KEYES: As writer/director Ben Elton explains, a group of rebel bohemians, of course, is raging a battle to bring the power of rock back to the people, and they're doing it with snippets of lyrics from hit songs, the mangled names of rock stars. Elvis is remembered as a king named Pelvis, and a single videotape. BEN ELTON: All they've got is half-remembered hits, just as we try and imagine what Greek culture might have been like, or Roman culture, from a few stones and scrolls and a few hints we try and imagine Caesar. KEYES: Elton says in his vision rock and roll is equally distant to the past for them as Greek culture is to contemporary mankind. ELTON: And an equally epic and mythical cultural force. (SOUNDBITE OF "SOMEBODY TO LOVE) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Singing) Can anybody find me somebody to love? BRIAN JUSTIN CRUM: It's kind of your basic boy meets girl. KEYES: Brian Justin Crum plays Galileo and says he identifies with his character's quest and with the message in Elton's story. CRUM: What he's written more true than ever about what's going on right now in pop music and, you know, what it may or may not be lacking depending on who you talk to. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) KEYES: Some critics wrinkle their noses at so-called jukebox musicals like this one, but legendary Queen guitarist Brian May doesn't think the term should be a put-down.
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