Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 10, 2004
Rock stars have a lot to say about the most pivotal person in all of history, and Doug Van Pelt, editor of HM magazine, got it has it on tape. Relevant BookÂs Rock Stars on God (Relevant Books) is a collection of interviews featured in the ÂWhat So & So SezÂ section of Christian rock magazine HM. This is a Âfly on the wall,Â inside perspective on a frank and open discussion of spiritual matters, all transcribed faithfully and word-for-word.
Artists interviewed range from Rage Against the Machine to Jesse Camp, a former MTV vee-jay to Metallica and Godsmack. From an unexpected perspective, Relevant Books and Doug Van Pelt offer a raw and controversial look at how influential members of the music community view the person of Jesus, Christianity and Christians. But Van Pelt doesnÂt stop there. In the last chapter, Thoughts on Evangelism, he offers a fresh perspective on reaching out and interacting with the culture around us.
Unlike a typical interview, Van Pelt covers a vast array of topics, including those that most journalists donÂt dare tackle. He asks questions like, How do you feel about Jesus Christ? What is your philosophy on life? If you die today, what happens? Such questions garnered responses like, ÂI donÂt have any respect for weak philosophies, such as, like, Christianity. All of my beliefs are rooted in science. If I canÂt see it, or if I canÂt touch it, or if I donÂt have proof, it does not exist,Â from Peter Steele of Type O Negative.
When asked, ÂWhat do you think of His claims to be the way, the Truth, and the Life, ÂNo one comes to the Father but by me?Â ÂGreen DayÂs Mike Dirnt replied, ÂSounds a little Mafioso to me. You know, to each their own. Everyone has the right to believe in whatever they believe in. Like I said, IÂm an optimist, so I believe in some sort of life after death, I donÂt know what kind.Â
ÂThrough his interviews Doug has always been able to bring out the best in people. He gets them to explore areas, topics and thoughts that are often uncharted waters in the world of rock star interviews. People open up to Doug, as displayed in these pages.Â Michael Sweet, from the foreword.
Doug Van Pelt is the founder and editor of HM, a 15-year-old Christian hard music magazine that covers the wide span of hard music including hardcore, metal, emo, rock, alternative, punk, ska and industrial. He has served as columnists to CCM Magazine and Guitar World Magazine, and with his punk band, Lust Control, Van Pelt has recorded for two major record labels, releasing two albums. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Founded in 2001, Relevant Books specializes in publishing titles in three categories: God, Life and Progressive Culture. Past and current titles include Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced 12 Music Icons.
For an interview with Doug Van Pelt, contact Summer Scott:
407.333.7152 x9507 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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