Rebel for God (Hardcover)

Faith, Business, and Rock 'n' Roll

By Eddie DeGarmo

Salem Books, 9781621578086, 256pp.

Publication Date: June 26, 2018

List Price: 26.99*
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Unlikely tales are the most fun to tell. The long strange trip Eddie DeGarmo has experienced over a half century in the music business is full of such stories. From playing keyboards at 10 years old in his first 1960s Memphis rock and roll band in the shadow of Graceland and Johnny Cash, to his own massive tours filling auditoriums and stadiums around the world with DeGarmo and Key, one of the first Christian Rock bands. He successfully transitioned from his pioneering artist career to accomplished music executive co-founding trendsetting Forefront Records and discovered many ground breaking artists. Eddie then ascended to his role as president of the largest and most successful Gospel and Christian music publisher in the world, Capitol CMG Publishing. DeGarmo’s ride has been one for the ages. He has embraced the changes life sent his way. He has shifted gears, changed the key, and kept rocking. Along the way, you will be inspired, motivated, laugh out loud, and maybe even be a little challenged in your walk of faith and life.

About the Author

Eddie DeGarmo has sold millions of records as an artist in a genre he helped to invent, millions as a record label executive and entrepreneur, and impacted hundreds of millions of people as a music publisher. He started mixing his newfound teenaged faith with rock and roll, the only music that felt natural to him, long before religious folks were ready for drums and amps. His band, DeGarmo & Key, slogged it out on the road for years, taking arrows from both the sanctified and the secular before breaking through as one of the most successful bands of the genre. Later he introduced multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning band dcTalk, and many others, to the world through his label Forefront Records. He was then recruited to lead the largest faith based music publisher Capitol CMG Publishing. Under his supervision that company went on to change the face of “Modern Worship” music. He with DeGarmo and Key was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame on the same day as his Memphis hometown hero, Johnny Cash. Eddie and Susan enjoy their kids and grandkids in Nashville, TN.
The first Christian music group to appear on MTV, they were nominated for seven Grammy Awards and 17 Dove Awards, received the ASCAP Vision Award at the 29th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards, and was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame in January, 2011. Dana Key died unexpectedly on June 6, 2010. This book is a legacy to Dana as much as it is Eddie's story.