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From the Publisher"This is a musical biography of rock singer Bruce Springsteen that travels chronologically through the artist's many albums examining Springsteen's creative processes of songwriting, performing, and recording. The author discusses cultural and social contexts for Springsteen's music, lyrical themes and motifs, musical analysis, and musical and lyrical influences."
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"Other books have covered the life and works of popular musician Bruce Springsteen, but few offer the depth of analysis and critical assessment of The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen, which opens with a brief biography, before it turns to the heart of the matter: all of his significant albums, in chronological order, which provide a musical analysis of themes, motifs, and underlying ideas. College-level students of popular music will appreciate the attention to detail and the insights which lend to a far greater appreciation for Bruce Springsteen's works."
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"The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen, by Rob Kirkpatrick, offers a fresh, compelling look at The Boss's art, his life, and even his country. After a brief biographical treatment, Kirkpatrick offers a guide to Springsteen's lyrical themes and motifs, offering coherent insights into the complicated nature of the artist's underlying concerns, influences, and ideas. The book also considers Springsteen's legacy as a songwriter and musician. A bibliography and complete discography complete the volume."
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