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

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Wesleyan University Press, 14.06.2005 - 262 Seiten
A thinking person's exploration of the cultural significance of Bruce Springsteen.

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.

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Introduction A BIG COUNTRY
1
CHAPTER TWO REPUBLICAN CHARACTER
26
CHAPTER THREE VISIONS OF KINGS
51
CHAPTER FOUR BORNE IN THE U S
75
CHAPTER FIVE THE GOOD LIFE
97
CHAPTER SIX MODEL
119
CHAPTER SEVEN INHERITED IMAGINATION
157
CONCLUSION BETTER ANGELS
190
SOURCES AND NOTES
205
SELECT DISCOGRAPHY
228
A SPRINGSTEEN CHRONOLOGY
240
COPYRIGHT ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
252
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
262
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JIM CULLEN teaches history at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York. His articles and reviews have appeared in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to the American Historical Review, and he has published seven books, including The American Dream (2003). DANIEL CAVICCHI is author of Tramps Like Us (1998).

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