Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition

Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition

by Jim Cullen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0819567612

ISBN-13: 9780819567611

Pub. Date: 06/14/2005

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Moving beyond the biographical and journalistic approaches of most writing on Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A. was the first major work of cultural criticism to situate Springsteen’s work in the broader sweep of American history—the heir of Walt Whitman and Woody Guthrie, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. Springsteen is an influential

Overview

Moving beyond the biographical and journalistic approaches of most writing on Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A. was the first major work of cultural criticism to situate Springsteen’s work in the broader sweep of American history—the heir of Walt Whitman and Woody Guthrie, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. Springsteen is an influential chronicler of our society, says Jim Cullen, a “good conservative” who preserves the traditional values of hard work, inclusive families, and genuine concern for the less fortunate. In the new edition to this landmark work, Cullen also discusses new currents in Springsteen’s music since 9/11, notably his 2002 album The Rising. This Wesleyan edition includes a new foreword, introduction, and afterword. Must reading for any serious fan—or anyone who has ever been curious about what all the fuss has been about.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819567611
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
06/14/2005
Series:
Music Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword – Daniel Cavicchi
Introduction: A Big Country
The Good Conservative: On the Trail of Springsteen and Reagan
Republican Character: Springsteen and the American Artistic Tradition
Visions of Kings: Springsteen and the American Dream
Borne in the U.S.A.: Springsteen and the Burden of Vietnam
The Good Life: Springsteen’s Play Ethic
Model Man: Springsteen’s Masculinity
Inherited Imagination: Springsteen and American Catholicism
Conclusion: Better Angels
Afterword to the 2005 Edition
Sources and Notes
Selected Discography
A Springsteen Chronology
Acknowledgements
Copyright Acknowledgements
Photography Credits
Index

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