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By Kenneth Womack, Jerry Zolten, Mark Bernhard

ISBN-10: 1409404978

ISBN-13: 9781409404972

There's little doubt in regards to the impressive strength of Bruce Springsteen's paintings as a very transformative artwork, as a lyrical and musical fusion that by no means shies clear of sifting throughout the rubble of human clash. As "Rolling Stone" magazine's Parke Puterbaugh observes, Springsteen 'is a peerless songwriter and consummate artist whose each painstakingly crafted album serves as an impassioned and literate pulse taking of a generation's fortunes. he's the key dwell performer within the historical past of rock and roll, a self-described prisoner of the track he loves, for whom each exhibit is performed as though it'd be his last'. In fresh many years, Puterbaugh provides, 'Springsteen's tune constructed a sense of right and wrong that did not forget about the darkening of the runaway American Dream because the kingdom greedily blundered its means throughout the Eighties' and into the sociocultural detritus of a brand new century paralysed through isolation and uncertainty. "Bruce Springsteen, Cultural reports, and the Runaway American Dream" displays the numerous serious curiosity in figuring out Springsteen's resounding impression upon the ways that we predict and think approximately politics, faith, gender, and the pursuit of the yankee Dream. through assembling a bunch of essays that interact in interdisciplinary observation relating to one in all Western culture's so much enduring inventive and socially radicalising phenomena, this e-book deals a cohesive, highbrow, and infrequently unique advent to the various ways that Springsteen keeps to affect our lives by means of hard our minds via his lyrics and track.

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Strikingly, over the past decade, Springsteen also has explored the lives of Mexican immigrants seeking an American dream that they already seem to know is unlikely to bring liberation or dignity. The dialogue between artists like Springsteen and Ford as they assess their times, of course, can neither verify nor falsify the American dream, nor is their work meant to do so in any cut-and-dried fashion. Rather, their task has largely been to show us the dreamers, sometimes through narrowly etched domestic dramas, sometimes through expansive highway journeys, often using a common set of American terrains and national icons.

Most Springsteen songs hold the possibility of redemption; “Born in the USA” does not. It lacks the cinematic drama present in his other works7—a narrative that typically delivers the characters to the crossroads, where at least one direction might lead to a better day. The song is drained of all of the rich Catholic imagery that typically fills his lyrical world—baptism, rebirth, flowing waters, community, hope and faith are noticeably absent. The song, according to Springsteen, is about “a working-class man” in the midst of a “spiritual crisis, in Dorothy Sue Cobble, among others, argues for a much more vibrant labor-based women’s movement (180-222).

Like “Rock Springs,” “Stolen Car” is narrated by a man whose romantic life is in tatters; the “little girl” with whom he “settled down / In a little house out on the edge of town” has repudiated their love. The “stolen car” in which each man drives represents a profound sense of fugitive dis-ease, a literal and figurative false front. Yet, ironically, Ford’s car thief and Springsteen’s car thief fear the very thing that makes it possible to get away with the crime—invisibility. Springsteen’s thief doesn’t fear arrest, but rather “That in this darkness I will disappear” (Cullen 171-72), a sharpening of the fear presented in “Fade Away,” the song which precedes “Stolen Car” on The River album.

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