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derek webb: stockholm syndrome, the experience

stockholmsyndromederekwebbThis is a quick post to point you to a couple of other blog posts that will answer a couple of questions for you:

1) What is the world is this Stockhold Syndrome thing we keep hearing about?

People are talking about ‘stems’, preview concerts, clues, secret websites, and all kinds of other craziness.  Is this some kind of promotional marketing game?

As Stephen Capps explains, it all started with a (rather odd) email:

On May 12, 2009, those of us who were on Derek Webb’s mailing list received an unexpected e-mail from Derek about his new album. He briefly and vaguely gave us some details: the album’s title is Stockholm Syndrome, there are troubles with the record label, and he wants us to hear the album and will contact us again soon.

From that point, it got pretty dang interesting . . . click over to Stephen’s blog to get the helpful breakdown of the events.

2) What about the album?  Is it any good?  Why is it so controversial?

To answer that, my buddy Dwight (who was kidnapped alongside Stephen), has written a review of the pre-released copy of “Stockholm Syndrome” he received in Derek Webb’s home studio.

Here are the first few lines, you’ll have to hit up his blog for the rest:

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Derek Webb’s newest release titled Stockholm

stockholm sydrome pre-release

stockholm sydrome pre-release


His record label refused to release it because of a song with two cuss words on it, something that Christian artists are apparently not supposed to do.

Webb wasn’t going to let that get him down though, he proceeded to drag fans into an alternate reality online game similar to what Lost did to fans with the Lost experience.

Everything culminated July 3rd in Nashville at The Rutledge where fans who followed to clues in the game were rewarded with a video containing most of the songs on the album and a brief Q&A with Derek and the guy who helped him make the album.

Those of us who had been playing the game and were still remaining vigilant followed still more clues released during the event and ended up at Derek Webb’s house with copies of the new album in hand . . .

[The rest is over at Dwight’s Blog, Convergence Review]

Finally, as a reward for your reading this post, top to bottom, I will point you to a post by my great friends (and avid sufferer of true Derek Webb stockholm syndrome) Logan Gentry . . . who lovingly followed the clues and has posted links to three of Derek’s controversial songs from the Stockholm Syndrome album.

The links are posted at his Gentrified blog.

. . . . . .

Who plans to order and download Stockholm Sydrome come Tuesday?

  1. July 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    You didn’t even write this post. This is a composite.

  2. Brandon
    July 5, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I would order it if I knew how. His website is down.

  3. convergencereview
    July 5, 2009 at 7:20 pm


    The pre-orders are up Tuesday.

  4. Stephanie
    July 5, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    zomg! pure amazingness!

  5. July 6, 2009 at 6:47 am

    What song is the maybe prochoice song?

  6. July 6, 2009 at 6:47 am

    i forgot to check the notify me box…

  7. dwight
    July 6, 2009 at 9:25 am

    It’s the song titled American Flag Umbrella. There’s a line that says “Please take your hands off my brother, please take your laws off my lover.” When a fan heard this line Friday night at The Rutledge he asked Derek if it was a pro-choice message. Derek said that he had learned to not give short answers to complicated questions and said if it was something we were interested in it would be something to discuss in a one on one conversation.

  8. Richard Okimoto
    July 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm


    Hard for me to see how it was a complicated question.

    At one time I wouldn’t have thought it possible that derek would defend abortion… sadly, that time has passed.

  9. Megan
    July 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Actually, I could see “american flag umbrella” as being about homosexuality as well (the “take your laws off my lover). But the pro-choice interpretation could be correct.

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