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Long Walk Home

Reflections on Bruce Springsteen

Jonathan D. Cohen (editor) June Skinner Sawyers (editor)
Natalie Adler (Contributions by)
Eric Alterman (Contributions by)
Regina Barreca (Contributions by)
Nancy Bishop (Contributions by)
Dermot Bolger (Contributions by)
Peter Ames Carlin

ISBN: 9781978805262

Publication Date: Aug 2019

Format: Hardback

Bruce Springsteen might be the quintessential American rock musician but his songs have resonated with fans from all walks of life and from all over the world. This unique collection features reflections from an array of writers who explain what Springsteen means to them and describe how they have been moved, shaped, and challenged by his music.
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Bruce Springsteen might be the quintessential American rock musician but his songs have resonated with fans from all walks of life and from all over the world. This unique collection features reflections from a diverse array of writers who explain what Springsteen means to them and describe how they have been moved, shaped, and challenged by his music.

Contributors to Long Walk Home include novelists like Richard Russo, rock critics like Greil Marcus and Gillian Gaar, and other noted Springsteen scholars and fans such as A. O. Scott, Peter Ames Carlin, and Paul Muldoon. They reveal how Springsteen's albums served as the soundtrack to their lives while also exploring the meaning of his music and the lessons it offers its listeners. The stories in this collection range from the tale of how "Growin' Up" helped a lonely Indian girl adjust to life in the American South to the saga of a group of young Australians who turned to Born to Run to cope with their country's 1975 constitutional crisis. These essays examine the big questions at the heart of Springsteen's music, demonstrating the ways his songs have resonated for millions of listeners for nearly five decades.

Commemorating the Boss's seventieth birthday, Long Walk Home explores Springsteen's legacy and provides a stirring set of testimonials that illustrate why his music matters.

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"Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen at 70 offers a comprehensive, timely overview of Springsteen's life and work. The eminently qualified essayists in Sawyers and Cohen's anthology astutely address Springsteen's achievement in terms of the artist's evolving legacy, with a valuable accent upon exploring his lasting contributions to twentieth- and twenty-first- century popular music and culture."

"Rutgers Univ. Press to celebrate Springsteen's birthday with ‘Long Walk Home' book" by Jay Lustig

"A killer collection of Boss studies and stories, as varied as Springsteen's own body of work and a fitting tribute to the man at 70, both an American legend and an artist as vital as ever."

"Taken together, the 26 essays in Long Walk Home give readers a rich understanding of why the Boss matters so profoundly to his audience; how each of us has been moved, challenged, and shaped by Springsteen's music."
Illustrations 7 black & white photographs
Pages 250
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2019
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Regional & national history   Individual actors & performers   Popular culture   Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups   Rock & Pop music  
Jonathan D. Cohen received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia. He is the managing editor of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies and the coeditor of All In: The Spread of Gambling in Twentieth-Century United States (2018).
 
June Skinner Sawyers has published extensively on Bruce Springsteen, including Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (2004) and Workingman: The Faith-Based Politics ofBruce Springsteen (2014). Born in Glasgow, she currently teaches humanities courses at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

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