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A Race of Singers

Whitman's Working-Class Hero from Guthrie to Springsteen

Bryan K. Garman (author)

ISBN: 9780807848661

Publication Date: Sep 2000

Format: Paperback

Walt Whitman dreamed of inspiring "a race of singers" who would celebrate the working class and realize the promise of American democracy. By examining how singers such as Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springstein embraced and reconfigured Whitman's vision, Bryan Garman shows that Whitman succeeded.
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When Walt Whitman published "Leaves of Grass" in 1855, he dreamed of inspiring "a race of singers" who would celebrate the working class and realize the promise of American democracy. By examining how singers such as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springstein both embraced and reconfigured Whitman's vision, Bryan Garman shows that Whitman succeeded. In doing so, Garman celebrates the triumphs yet also exposes the limitations of Whitman's legacy. While Whitman's verse propounded notions of sexual freedom and renounced the competitiveness of capitalism, it also safeguarded the interests of the white workingman, often at the expense of women and people of colour. Garman describes how each of Whitman's successors adopted the mantle of the working-class hero while adapting the role to his own generation's concerns: Guthrie condemned racism in the 1930s, Dylan addressed race and war in the 1960s and Springstein explored sexism, racism and homophobia in the 1980s and 1990s. But as Garman points out, even the Boss, like his forebears, tends to represent solidarity in terms of white male bonding and homosocial allegiance. We can hear America singing in the voices of these artists, Garman says, but it is still the song of a white, male America.
Language English
Pages 352
Dimensions 235 x 156
Date Published 30 Sep 2000
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Series Cultural Studies of the United States
Subject/s History of the Americas   Music: styles & genres   Music reviews & criticism  
Bryan K. Garman, who received his Ph.D. from Emory University, is chair of the history department at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

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