In 1977, the radical evangelists’ commune Agape Force released the most popular album in early contemporary Christian music. Music Machine and its many imitators proved CCM could sell, and they also exposed conflicts that remain endemic in the industry. Using sound clips, lavishly illustrated album sleeves, and new interviews with original participants, this presentation explores an understudied chapter in the Jesus Movement and early CCM.

Josh Langhoff
organist for the Episcopal Church of St. James the Less, the Chicago Cubs

Song Credits:
“Music Machine” by Candle
“Joy” by Candle

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