Item description for White Soul: Country Music, the Church and Working Americans by Tex Sample...
Overview White Soul is an examination of the social, political, and religious foundations that bring rural and urban working-class white people and country music together as a dominant force in 20th century American music. An elitism of the upper class is named, examined, and debunked--with particular focus on the cultural values of working-class people and the "trashy" church that is preferred.
White Soul examines the social, political, and religious foundations of country music as the soul music of white, working-class Americans.
Country music gives voice to an economically battered subculture of hard-living and hard-working people who find self-expression in the music of honky-tonks and heartaches. It celebrates the "wild side of life" as a form of populist anarchism and escapist festivity. This unusual medley of sociology, theology, and country music history is also a compelling critique of the elitism of "good taste" in the dominant culture.
Tex Sample challenges the church to reach out to working-class people, who have often been ignored and demeaned by churches held captive to the tastes and lifestyles of the upper middle class.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1996
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687032938 ISBN13 9780687032938
Availability 148 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 22, 2016 09:32.
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More About Tex Sample
Tex Sample is a free lance lecturer, workshop leader and preacher. He serves as the coordinator of The Network for the Study of U.S. Lifestyles. From 1967-1999 he was the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor of Church and Society at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.
Tex Sample currently resides in the state of Missouri.
Reviews - What do customers think about White Soul: Country Music, the Church and Working Americans?
White Soul revealed Apr 28, 2009
Book is designed to use country music to give insight to the southern blue collar culture, how ever I found that in addition to accomplishing it's task, it also gave me insight and awaking to my own values and heritage in ways I had not anticipated.