Bruce springsteen, cultural studies, and the runaway American dream

Kenneth Womack, Joseph Jerome Zolten, Mark Bernhard

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Abstract

There is little question about the incredible power of Bruce Springsteen's work as a particularly transformative art, as a lyrical and musical fusion that never shies away from sifting through the rubble of human conflict. As Rolling Stone magazine's Parke Puterbaugh observes, Springsteen 'is a peerless songwriter and consummate artist whose every painstakingly crafted album serves as an impassioned and literate pulse taking of a generation's fortunes. He is the foremost live performer in the history of rock and roll, a self-described prisoner of the music he loves, for whom every show is played as if it might be his last.' In recent decades, Puterbaugh adds, 'Springsteen's music developed a conscience that didn't ignore the darkening of the runaway American Dream as the country greedily blundered its way through the 1980s' and into the sociocultural detritus of a new century paralysed by isolation and uncertainty. Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream reflects the significant critical interest in understanding Springsteen's resounding impact upon the ways in which we think and feel about politics, religion, gender, and the pursuit of the American Dream. By assembling a host of essays that engage in interdisciplinary commentary regarding one of Western culture's most enduring artistic and socially radicalizing phenomena, this book offers a cohesive, intellectual, and often entertaining introduction to the many ways in which Springsteen continues to impact our lives by challenging our minds through his lyrics and music.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages275
ISBN (Electronic)9781317171164
ISBN (Print)9781409404972
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Music
American Dream
Cultural Studies
Songwriter
1980s
History
Albums
Pursuit
Performer
Artist
Fortune
Isolation
Religion
Uncertainty
Pulse
Prisoners
Rock
Art
Western Culture
Lyrics

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Womack, Kenneth ; Zolten, Joseph Jerome ; Bernhard, Mark. / Bruce springsteen, cultural studies, and the runaway American dream. Taylor and Francis, 2016. 275 p.
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