'The books' strength lies [in the] diversity of vantage points... The reader who consumes the entire interdisciplinary book stands to learn much about the musician, his work and how researchers from many corners of the academy contribute to the big tent of popular music studies.' Notes '... unarguably a significant addition to the body of writings about Springsteen.' IASPM@Journal '... this collection is an important work as it both raises the stock and validity of one of the greatest musical icons of the current time and contends with some of the central and key questions of the academic study of popular music in general, the power of music to affect change in society and to strengthen the connection and bonds between people across racial and gender boundaries ... Overall, a fascinating book for fans of the Boss, academics and students of Popular Music alike'. Popular Music
About the Author
Kenneth Womack is Professor of English and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State University, USA. His publications include Postwar Academic Fiction: Satire, Ethics, Community (2001), Key Concepts in Literary Theory (2001), Mapping the Ethical Turn: A Reader in Ethics, Culture, and Literary Theory (2001), Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four (2006), Postmodern Humanism in Contemporary Literature and Culture: Reconciling the Void (2006), Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (2007), The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009), and a novel, John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010). Jerry Zolten is Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University, USA, where he teaches courses on Communications, American Studies, and Popular Music. He is the producer of CDs by the Fairfield Four and their bass singer Isaac Freeman, co-host with cartoonist Robert Crumb of Chimpin' the Blues, a public radio program on the history of early blues, and the author of Great God A'Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music (2002). Mark Bernhard is Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement at the University of Southern Indiana, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Planning and Development from Penn State University. He was co-editor of Cases in Government Succession Planning: Action-Oriented Strategies for Public Sector Human Capital Management, Workforce Planning, Succession Planning, and Talent Management (2008).