Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen

Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen might be the quintessential American rock musician but his songs have resonated with fans from all walks of life and from all over the world. This unique collection features reflections from a diverse array of writers who explain what Springsteen means to them and describe how they have been moved, shaped, and challenged by his music.
Contributors to Long Walk Home include novelists like Richard Russo, rock critics like Greil Marcus and Gillian Gaar, and other noted Springsteen scholars and fans such as A. O. Scott, Peter Ames Carlin, and Paul Muldoon. They reveal how Springsteen’s albums served as the soundtrack to their lives while also exploring the meaning of his music and the lessons it offers its listeners. The stories in this collection range from the tale of how “Growin’ Up” helped a lonely Indian girl adjust to life in the American South to the saga of a group of young Australians who turned to Born to Run to cope with their country’s 1975 constitutional crisis. These essays examine the big questions at the heart of Springsteen’s music, demonstrating the ways his songs have resonated for millions of listeners for nearly five decades.
Commemorating the Boss’s seventieth birthday, Long Walk Home explores Springsteen’s legacy and provides a stirring set of testimonials that illustrate why his music matters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978805286
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 497,322
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

JONATHAN D. COHEN received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia. He is the managing editor of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies and the coeditor of All In: The Spread of Gambling in Twentieth-Century United States (2018).
JUNE SKINNER SAWYERS has published extensively on Bruce Springsteen, including Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (2004) and Workingman: The Faith-Based Politics ofBruce Springsteen (2014). Born in Glasgow, she currently teaches humanities courses at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Cover Title Page Copyright Contents Introduction: Why Springsteen������������������������������������ Part I: Springsteen Stories 1. Growing Up with Bruce Springsteen: A Fan’s Notes 2. How Bruce Springsteen Made a Middle-Aged Woman Believe in the Magic of Rock and Roll 3. From the Backstreets to the Badlands: My Springsteen Journey 4. The Ripple Effect Part II: Springsteen, Politics, and American Society 5. The Role of the Popular Artist in a Democratic Society 6. Starting a Fire: Bruce Springsteen’s Political Journey from “Born in the U.S.A.” to “American Skin (41 Shots) 7. Springsteen’s American Dream 8. At the River 9. The Ties That Bind Part III: Springsteen Live 10. Live at the Roxy 11. The Magic Circle 12. Twist and Shout Part IV: Springsteen the Artist 13. Brilliant Disguise: The Completely True Fictional Adventures of Bruce Springsteen 14. “The Welsh Springsteen”: An Interview with Martyn Joseph (by Irwin H. Streight 15. This Train: Bruce Springsteen as Public Artist 16. Born to Write: Bruce Springsteen, Flannery O’Connor, and the Songstory 17. Ten Great Springsteen Moments (and Five Iconic Concerts Part V: Springsteen, Sex, Race, and Gender 18. Our Butch Mother, Bruce Springsteen 19. Springsteen’s Women: Tougher Than the Rest 20. Shackled and Drawn 21. American Skin: Springsteen and Blackness Part VI: Springsteen and Aging 22. Summer’s Fall: Springsteen in Senescence 23. Work and Play: Midlife Music 200 daniel wolff Part VII: Springsteen beyond Borders 24. Bruce Springsteen’s River in Dublin 25. The Boss in Bulgaria 26. We Take Care of Our Own Acknowledgments About the Editors About the Contributors����������������������������� Index������������

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