1.Bayot, Asher. “Founding Member Of ‘God’s Not Dead’ Band Newsboys Comes Out As An Atheist.” The Inquisitr News. N.p., 24 Jan. 2015. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.
Background: This article reported the story that George Perdikis, a founding member of the Christian rock band Newsboys, has revealed that he is an atheist. Perdikis explains his decision and voices his opinion on Christian bands in general.
How I used it: In my rebuttal essay, I wanted to show that Christian Rock performers are not immune to scandals. Highlights the fact that the opposition is crazy to try and hold Rock to an unattainable purity standard, as even the Rock bands that perform Christian music are not entirely pure.
2. Cole, Rachel, David Fiske, Rachel Seligman, and Clifford Brown. “Solomon Northup | American farmer and writer” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.
Background: A general background on the life of Solomon Northup, who was a well respected free Black man before being kidnapped and forced into slavery for twelve years.
How I used it: To parallel the argument that Rock ‘n’ Roll was being judged by its “cover” instead of what it really represents, I used Solomon Northup’s story to show how an educated Black man could be unfairly judged by his skin and be placed in a position that he didn’t deserve.
3. Krejcir, Richard J., Ph.D. “Statistics and Reasons for Church Decline” Churchleadership.org. N.p., 2007. Web. 06 Nov. 2016.
Background: The article highlights the apparent decline in church attendance throughout multiple years. The author uses specific percentages to show how much of a drop happens between each year that he chooses. He also provides certain reasons as to why the church attendance may be declining.
How I used it: In my Causal essay, the remote cause as to why preachers were denouncing Rock ‘n’ roll was the declining of church attendance. I used a brief excerpt from the article to show specific statistics that supported this cause.
4.Lambert, Molly. “Pray for Pay: Jailed Christian Rocker Tim Lambesis Faked His Religion.” Grantland. N.p., 23 June 2014. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.
Background: Tim Lambesis, the incarcerated lead singer of the band As I Lay Dying, admitted that his band faked being Christian in order to make more money. The scandal also brought up an issue in the Christian Rock industry- “How do you prove someone is really dedicated to Christianity and not just the lucrative record sales of the Christian market?”
How I used it: In my rebuttal essay, I wanted to show another instance of Christian Rock performers not being immune to scandals. Also supports the fact that the opposition is crazy to try and hold Rock to an unattainable purity standard, as even the Rock bands that perform Christian music are not entirely pure.
5. Lifton, Dave. “Why Starbucks Banned Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Devils and Dust’” Ultimate Classic Rock. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2016.
Background: This news article reported the fact that Starbucks banned Bruce Springsteen’s album “Devils and Dust” from playing on its speakers due to the explicit content and sexual innuendo contained in some of the album’s songs. This normally never happens because Springsteen’s music is normally family friendly.
How I used it: I used sentences from this article to support my opponents’ argument that even the most harmless of Rock stars have invoked the Devil and his dark forces in one way or another. In this case, Springsteen sang about a sexual encounter, glorifying one of Satan’s values (sex).
6.Rieder, Rem. “Media got Zimmerman story wrong from start ” USA Today. Gannett, 14 July 2013. Web. 06 Nov. 2016.
Background: An article highlighting the possibility that the media twisted the truth about George Zimmerman’s involvement with the death of Trayvon Martin. Maybe the man wasn’t at fault with what he did.
How I used it: I used a quote by the author of the article that stated that the media will twist the truth of a situation so as to paint a straightforward picture with heroes and villains. In my Causal essay, the contributing cause is the way that the media supports the preachers’ denouncement of Rock ‘n’ roll. I related the quote to this by showing that the media portrayed Rock as dark and negative music, while painting the preachers’ as trustworthy heroes (as they are honest men of God).
7. Shmoop. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Meaning ” Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 13 Nov. 2016.
Background: A detailed analysis of the popular Beatles song, from its disputed conception, and what all of its lyrics symbolize, to its impact in pop culture.
How I used it: My opponents’ argument was that the song highlighted the use of LSD. I rebutted this argument by using a quote from the analysis that explained that John Lennon was inspired to write the song by a drawing that his son made featuring a schoolmate named Lucy. This was also confirmed by the rest of the band and Lucy herself.
8.Simon, Scott, and Tom Reiss. “‘The Black Count,’ A Hero On The Field, And The Page” NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.
Background: An NPR interview in which the author of the novel “The Black Count”talked about his fascination with the main historical figure and why he wrote the book.
How I used it: As another example of someone being judged by their skin, I used a quote by the author explaining how the Thomas-Alexandre Dumas worked hard and proved his worth to become a well known general, while facing damaging racism by his peers, including Napoleon.
9.Springsteen, Bruce. “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN LYRICS – Reno” Azlyrics.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2016.
Background: A straightforward display of lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s song “Reno” off of his album “Devils and Dust”.
How I used it: In support of my opponents’ argument that Bruce Springsteen is not as pure as he appears, and to offer further justification as to why Starbucks would ban the album, I used specific lyrics from the song to highlight a certain sexual act taking place in the song’s narrative.
10. Stewart, David J. “Too Drunk To Karaoke”: Hit Song Mocks God. N.p., Aug. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2016.
Background: An analysis trying to prove that one of Jimmy Buffett’s songs is highly blasphemous and mocks God. Then a conspiracy is brought up trying to prove that the performer is a Satanist and part of a cult.
How I used it: To support my opponents’ argument that Buffett isn’t as pure as most people make him out to be, I brought in a couple of lines that try to explain the singer’s apparent purpose in writing the single.
11.Unknown. “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover” Modern Day Adages. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.
Background: An explanation of the popular phrase and how it relates to our current society. A couple of examples highlighting the phrase’s meaning are also shown.
How I used it: I used a couple of the introductory lines detailing how people in our society will judge something without actually taking a deeper look at it. I related this to how people look at Rock as dark Devil music, without actually making the effort to look at what it truly represents.
12.Yusco, Alan, and Ed Prior. “RELIGIOUS ROCK… The music of devils in the CHURCH” RELIGIOUS ROCK… The Music of Devils in the CHURCH. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2016.
Background: Two devoutly religious men attempt to explain why Rock is the music of Satan, and how it should have its presence nowhere, especially in church. They warn parents to keep their children away from the harmful music.
How I used it: I used some of the men’s argument to highlight the immediate of cause of why preachers denounce Rock- it promotes blasphemous ideas that go against everything that the church stands for.