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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: 9781978805262
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Edition description: None
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 302,444
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

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

Introduction: Why Springsteen? Jonathan D. Cohen June Skinner Sawyers 1

Part I Springsteen Stories

1 Growing Up with Bruce Springsteen: A Fan's Notes Eric Alterman 11

2 How Bruce Springsteen Made a Middle-Aged Woman Believe in the Magic of Rock and Roll Nancy S. Bishop 30

3 From the Backstreets to the Badlands: My Springsteen Journey Deepa Iyer 36

4 The Ripple Effect Frank Stefanko 44

Part II Springsteen, Politics, and American Society

5 The Role of the Popular Artist in a Democratic Society Jefferson Cowie Joel Dinerstein 49

6 Starting a Fire: Bruce Springsteen's Political Journey from "Born in the U.S.A." to "American Skin (41 Shots)" Gillian G. Gaar 60

7 Springsteen's American Dream Louis P. Masur 66

8 At the River Paul Muldoon 73

9 The Ties That Bind A. O. Scott 74

Part III Springsteen Live

10 Live at the Roxy Greil Marcus 81

11 The Magic Circle Wesley Stace 86

12 Twist and Shout David L. Ulin 90

Part IV Springsteen the Artist

13 Brilliant Disguise: The Completely True Fictional Adventures of Bruce Springsteen Peter Ames Carlin 105

14 "The Welsh Springsteen": An Interview with Martyn Joseph Irwin H. Streight 119

15 This Train: Bruce Springsteen as Public Artist Colleen J. Sheehy 128

16 Born to Write: Bruce Springsteen, Flannery O'Connor, and the Songstory Irwin H. Streight 135

17 Ten Great Springsteen Moments (and Five Iconic Concerts) Kenneth Womack 143

Part V Springsteen, Sex, Race, and Gender

18 Our Butch Mother, Bruce Springsteen Natalie Adler 155

19 Springsteen's Women: Tougher Than the Rest Gina Barreca 163

20 Shackled and Drawn Lauren Onkey 170

21 American Skin: Springsteen and Blackness Elijah Wald 176

Part VI Springsteen and Aging

22 Summer's Fall: Springsteen in Senescence Jim Cullen 189

23 Work and Play: Midlife Music Daniel Wolff 200

Part VII Springsteen beyond Borders

24 Bruce Springsteen's River in Dublin Dermot Bolger 209

25 The Boss in Bulgaria Richard Russo 217

26 We Take Care of Our Own Wayne Swan 227

Acknowledgments 235

About the Editors 239

About the Contributors 241

Index 249

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