Bruce Springsteens America: The People Listening, A Poet Singing

Bruce Springsteens America: The People Listening, A Poet Singing by Robert Coles 0812973003 9780812973006
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In this compelling book, Robert Coles, the celebrated Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prizewinning author, turns his attention to popular music legend Bruce Springsteen, and to the powerful impact Springsteens work has had both on the lives of his audience and on this countrys literary tradition. Coles places Springsteen in the pantheon of American artistsWalt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Percy, among otherswho understood and were inspired by their traveling companions in time, the ordinary people of their eras. With wisdom and a unique personal perspective, Coles explores Springsteens words as contemporary American poetry, and offers firsthand accounts of how people interact with them: A trucker listens to Blinded by the Light during long, lonely nights and reminisces about his mother; a schoolteacher is astonished when a usually silent student offers a comparison between Nebraska and Conrads Heart of Darkness; a policeman responds to American Skin (41 Shots), reflecting on his own role in his family and community. As these people, and others, candidly discuss the meaning Springsteens words have in their lives, Coles listens and, with the special insight and compassion that are the trademarks of his art, sheds new light on The Boss, removing the legendary American rock musician from fan-filled stadiums and placing the poet in a greater social, cultural, and philosophical context. Coles sees Springsteen as a representative of a uniquely American documentary traditionas a sing-ing and traveling poet who does not simply embody the culture of which he is a part but fully engages it, interacting with its people and creating a conversation that has helped to shape a distinct way of looking at, and living, American life today.

Author: Robert Coles

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 264

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Publication Date: 2004-11-09

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