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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..". offers illumination and thoughtful, discriminating observations about its myriad subjects. And it has aged almost as well as 'Nebraska.'"--Eric Alterman, The NationAbout the Author:
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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Book Description Harpercollins, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover and dust jacket. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily. Bookseller Inventory # 1508300045
Book Description Harpercollins, 1997. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 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 his 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.Springsteen's personal journey reads like one of his songs, playing out stories of class struggle, responsibility, and the increasing disillusionment and desperation behind the blue-collar pursuit ofthe American Dream. Yet he always retains the belief that somewhere, perhaps just around the next bend in the highway, waits the Promised Land. Intelligently written and carefully researched, Born in the USA is the first book to take a broad look at the impact of Bruce Springsteen on America's cultural landscape."Cullen's line by line analysis of Bruce's songs crackles with insight.". -- New York Daily News. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060187808
Book Description Harpercollins, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060187808
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition; First Printing. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 272 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 32057
Book Description Harpercollins, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060187808