For the CCM buff, the problems continue, as Thompson gets wrong the name of Jars of Clay's most recent album, Rex Carroll's first band, Stryper's final album, Charlie Peacock's book, the chart position of Sixpence's hit song "Kiss Me," and the substance found in Andrae Crouch's car that led to his arrest.

But there is charm enough in Thompson's style to let us forgive a multitude of sins, at least when Thompson gets out of his Sgt. Joe Friday "Just the Facts, Ma'am" mode. Thompson, who has published his own magazine and website, can turn a phrase.

"It had the delicacy of an Amtrak train on a bad night," he writes, referring to an early Steve Taylor song, "Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Number's Up?" Later, he notes that a song has "more hooks than a meat locker" and critiques the mainstream music business as "an industry that raised Attention Deficit Disorder to an art form."

What the reader may find a bit off-putting is Thompson's injection of himself and his various companies into the mix. While his band, "The Wayside," and his newsletter/magazine/website, True Tunes, may be worthy of a mention or two, since they're indeed part of the history of God-Rock, nine mentions for the Wayside and 22 for the various True Tunes enterprises are way too much and leave the reader feeling overly solicited.

Still, all in all Thompson has produced an important work that will help fill in those areas that weren't covered by earlier books. Thompson continues to cover these issues at his site, Truetunes.com, and all his good works make the important point that just because rockers are believers doesn't mean they shouldn't be taken seriously and heard by the entire culture.


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