The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen (Google eBook)
Bruce Springsteen enjoys a popularity that has transcended generations. His 1975 album, Born to Run, was voted the best album of all time in a recently published Zagat survey; his 1984 album, Born in the U.S.A., spawned seven Top Ten singles while selling 11 million copies; and his 2002 album, The Rising, was regarded by many critics as the most poignant artistic reaction to 9/11. Springsteen, now 55, has evolved from an over-hyped version of the "next Bob Dylan," to the "future of rock and roll" in the mid-1970s, to a pop culture icon in Reagan America, to a 21st-century populist voice. His career has been covered many times over, and yet many of the complexities and apparent contradictions of Springsteen's music remain unresolved, such as Springsteen's hard-rock influenced musical background; his movement from themes of rebellion and isolation in his early work to those of a more populist complexion later on; and his contribution in the 1980's to a conservative patriotism-despite his albums' close association with the music and ideas of Woody Guthrie. Springsteen presents an extremely compelling subject as a result of all these influences and epochs, but through his music we can find new ways of understanding his art, his life, and even his country.
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