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

Author: Jim Cullen
Publisher: New York : Harper Collins, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In 1975, Bruce Springsteen burst onto the American music scene with simultaneous appearances on the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines. His powerful, often stark portrayals of blue-collar life, his thunderous guitar and marathon live shows propelled him to the top of the charts for more than two decades. Now, in the first book of its kind, author Jim Cullen argues that Springsteen should be viewed not in terms of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Bruce Springsteen; Bruce Springsteen; Bruce Springsteen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Cullen
ISBN: 0060187808 9780060187804 1900924056 9781900924054
OCLC Number: 36179012
Description: xviii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: a big country --
1. The good conservative: on the trail of Springsteen and Reagan --
2. Republican character: Springsteen and the American artistic tradition --
3. Visions of kings: Springsteen and the American dream --
4. Borne in the U.S.A.: Springsteen and the burden of Vietnam --
5. The good life: Springsteen's play ethic --
6. Model man: Springsteen's masculinity --
7. Inherited imagination: Springsteen and American Catholicism --
Conclusion: better angels --
A Springsteen chronology.
Other Titles: Bruce Springsteen and the American tradition
Responsibility: Jim Cullen.

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In 1975, Bruce Springsteen burst onto the American music scene with simultaneous appearances on the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines. His powerful, often stark portrayals of blue-collar life, his thunderous guitar and marathon live shows propelled him to the top of the charts for more than two decades. Now, in the first book of its kind, author Jim Cullen argues that Springsteen should be viewed not in terms of concerts or record sales, but as a cultural icon, a symbol of what's right with America, and an heir to Whitman, Lincoln, Steinbeck, King and other American luminaries. He is, says Cullen, a good conservative, someone who conserves the traditional values of hard work, family and compassion for the less fortunate, ideas long co-opted and corrupted by disingenuous politicians.

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