Springsteen as Soundtrack: The Sound of the Boss in Film and Television

Springsteen as Soundtrack: The Sound of the Boss in Film and Television

by Caroline Madden


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A catalog nearly fifty years in the making, Bruce Springsteen's music remains popular and a frequent subject of study yet little critical attention has been given to its inclusion in film and television. This book examines a selection of films and TV shows from the 1980s to the present—including Mask, High Fidelity, The Sopranos and The Wrestler—that feature Springsteen's music on the soundtrack.
Relating his thematic preoccupations with religion, the Vietnam War, the promise of the open road, economic disparity and blue-collar malaise, his songs color narrative and articulate the inner lives of characters. This book explores the many on-screen contexts of Springsteen's work from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. to Springsteen on Broadway.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476672854
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2020
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Caroline Madden is a film critic based in New Jersey who has written for Backstreets, Reverse Shot, IndieWire, Screen Queens, and more.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Baby It’s You 17

Mask 33

In Country 43

Philadelphia 63

Dead Man Walking 76

No Looking Back 91

The Sopranos 102

High Fidelity 117

Prozac Nation 132

Reign Over Me 148

The Wrestler 159

Show Me a Hero 173

American Honey 191

Chapter Notes 205

Bibliography 221

Index 229

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