The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Music - 198 pages
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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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Contents

Jukebox Graduate
1
Greetings from Asbury Park NJ 1973
2
The FollowUp the Future of Rock n Roll and a Farewell to Asbury Park
19
Thunder Road Revue
31
Running into the Darkness
49
Double Shot
65
A Meanness in This World
81
Nebraska Becomes Electric
93
Human Touch and Lucky Town 1992
122
At the Movies
129
September and Everything After
139
Dust Devils and Dixieland
147
The Seeger Sessions 2006
152
Afterword
157
Discography
163
Notes
169

Bruced Out
109
Tunnel of Love 1987
112
Snake Eyes
119

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About the author (2007)

ROB KIRKPATRICK is the author of Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators: The War-Torn Career of an All-Star Shortstop (2005). He provided an essay on the Pacific coast rock music scene for The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures (2004), contributed to Approaches to Teaching Hamlet (MLA 2001) and has appeared in The Hemingway Review.

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