Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music?

"Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" is a scattered, non-definitive yet still interesting introduction to the ever-growing Christian rock scene. Whether there's a coherent "scene" at all is just one of many questions addressed by musicians here, whose opinions on serving Art, Commerce, and the Lord run the gamut.

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With: Zao, Celestial Static, Pedro the Lion, Eli & Josh Caterer, Larry Norman, Five Iron Frenzy, Duvall, Steve Taylor, the Detholz!, Aletheian, MXPX, Danielson Family, Steve Albini, Dan Sinker, Elly Woman, Living Sacrifice, the Blamed, Ballydowse, Demon Hunter, Cool Hand Luke, Victoria Williams, Stryper, Sufjan Stevens, Soul-Junk.

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?” is a scattered, non-definitive yet still interesting introduction to the ever-growing Christian rock scene. Whether there’s a coherent “scene” at all is just one of many questions addressed by musicians here, whose opinions on serving Art, Commerce, and the Lord run the gamut. Feeling a bit like a student project, rough-hewn docu is best suited to home formats.

Focus is on the “alternative” side of genre, with most footage shot at the 2003 Cornerstone Music Fest (an event more than two decades old, and attracting better than 30,000 annually). There’s little comment on the mainstream Christian music scene that gave us Amy Grant, various pop-gospel groups, etc. While concert sequences are variable, they do convey the vast range of styles that have long since diverged from ’70s folk-rock to encompass punk, metal, art-rock, emo, et al., with popular Pedro the Lion and melancholy Duvall perhaps coming off best. Pic could’ve used more context, biz facts and fan interviews. Some outstanding current C-rock outfits (Sufjan Stevens, Soul-Junk) go unmentioned. Still, music lovers will find this survey enlightening, regardless of religious belief.

Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music?

Production: A RightRightRight Films production. Produced, directed by Heather Whinna, Vickie Hunter.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Whinna, Hunter; editor, Michael Dahlquist. Reviewed at San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, May 13, 2005. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Zao, Celestial Static, Pedro the Lion, Eli & Josh Caterer, Larry Norman, Five Iron Frenzy, Duvall, Steve Taylor, the Detholz!, Aletheian, MXPX, Danielson Family, Steve Albini, Dan Sinker, Elly Woman, Living Sacrifice, the Blamed, Ballydowse, Demon Hunter, Cool Hand Luke, Victoria Williams, Stryper, Sufjan Stevens, Soul-Junk.

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