Saturday 27th December 2003
HM magazine runs into Christian bookshop distribution problems with latest issue.
FOLLOWING the major controversy about the artwork for the P.O.D. album
'Payable On Death', many American Christian bookshops have also banned
the latest issue of long established hard music magazine HM. The
magazine depicts on its cover the dark image of a shirtless torso of a
puppet-man on a stick. The art accompanies the cover story The Ugly
Truth Behind Christian Rock. In a letter HM magazine sent to LifeWay
Christian Stores, the art director for the cover, David Allen, said
that he chose not to pose the man as a marionette to signify rock
artists as puppets, because the type of graphic has been "played and
overused." Editor Doug Van Pelt said he had received positive feedback
on the cover story from pastors, independent record labels and
artists, including Ken Tamplin.