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Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet (Tempo: A Rowman & Littlefield Music Series on Rock, Pop, and Culture) Hardcover – December 1, 2013
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Donald L. Deardorff II reminds us of the artist’s crucial significance in Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet, an engaging new study of the iconic rock star’s impact on American culture. In the pages of Deardorff’s accessibly written book, Springsteen’s music is taken seriously and given a thoughtful. . . analysis, and it’s a welcome introduction to Springsteen’s cultural relevance. ... Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet is an ambitious undertaking, as it attempts to weave American history, popular culture, and Springsteen’s popular music into a cohesive narrative. Each chapter situates Springsteen’s music within the specific time period in which he worked, implying that Springsteen’s music was influenced by American culture and in turn, Springsteen refracted this culture through his personal lens, thereby making meaning for millions of downhearted Americans. Complete with an historical timeline and suggestions for further reading and listening, Deardorff’s study is a useful resource for those who want to understand Springsteen’s significance more deeply. (Popmatters)
Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet [is] a thoughtful and trenchant, and would be a perfect introduction to Springsteen’s themes. ... [This is] a well-executed and comprehensive timeline of Bruce’s career. ... Deardorff’s painstaking thematic arguments for the significance of Springsteen’s work make the book an overall success — he even makes a convincing case for Springsteen as a spiritual leader. ... If I was teaching a Springsteen course, I’d likely use American Poet and Prophet as my main text. (Blogness on the Edge of Town: The Best Springsteen Blog on the Internets!)
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