Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning among Springsteen Fans

Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning among Springsteen Fans

by Daniel Cavicchi


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Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning among Springsteen Fans by Daniel Cavicchi

Based on three years of ethnographic research with Bruce Springsteen fans, and informed by the author's own experiences as a fan, Tramps Like Us is an interdisciplinary study of the ways in which ordinary people form special, sustained attachments to Springsteen and his music and how those attachments function in people's daily lives. An insider's narrative about Springsteen fans—who they are, what they do, and why they do it—this book also explores the phenomenon of fandom in general. The text oscillates between fans' stories and ideas and the author's own anecdotes, commentary, and analysis. Cavicchi challenges the stereotypes of fans as obsessive, delusional, and even mentally ill, and explores fandom as a normal cultural and social phenomenon. He argues that music fandom is a useful and meaningful behavior that enables people to shape identity, create community, and make sense of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195118339
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/28/2002
Pages: 11
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying Fandom
1. "Does Anybody Have Any Faith Out There Tonight?": Seeing Bruce in Concert
2. Touched by the Music: Defining Fandom
3. Ignoring the Music Business
4. Fans in the Audience: Performance and the Politics of Participation
5. Listening and Learning
6. Musically Shaping the Self
7. Belonging Together: Fandom, Community, and Connection
Conclusion: Toward an Experience-Near Understanding of Popular Music
Appendix A: Springsteen Fan Questionnaire
Appendix B: Bruce Springsteen American Discography (Major Works)

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