- Paperback: 11 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 29, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780195125641
- ISBN-13: 978-0195125641
- ASIN: 0195125649
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning among Springsteen Fans 1st Edition
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"A worthy addition to popular music scholarship....Cavicchi's dialogic and reflexive style of presentation is right at the heart of current cultural studies and ethnomusicological thinking....He is able to take complex theory and make it readily accessible for a nonacademic reader."--Rob Bowman, York University
"Cavicchi manages to convey enthusiasm [about] his subject without losing his critical stance...and he writes in an accessible, clear, and engaging style. It is a pleasurable and fascinating study that will make a significant contribution to the study of popular music."--Sara Cohen, Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool
"This is an original area in music studies [which] grows out of the author's pioneering work in popular music as people use it in daily life. Cavicchi takes a scholarly approach to understanding fandom as community, and his research among Springsteen fans has been quite thorough....The book's readability is a very impressive and appealing feature."--Jeff Titon, Brown University
About the Author
Daniel Cavicchi teaches American history and culture at the Rhode Island School of Design and is co-editor of My Music (1993).
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I believe Bruce was used because his following happens to be notoriously massive, including several generations. This is probably because his music often centers around middle class life.
+ Conversion of a fan - when a person has not always been fond of an artist but turns into a fan. Religious comparisons included.
+ The live experience - what kinds of physical things typically happen, and interviews of psyched concert-goers
+ Community - friendships formed based on fandom, internet communication, etc
+ Participation - things fans outwardly do/behavior study
Now, it's all based on fans of the same subject, so there is a constant reference to Bruce. The people are talking about Bruce - but THEY are the subject of the book.
Know that, before you decide whether or not you want it. I adore these kinds of studies and happen to love Bruce, too - so naturally, I dug this book. But if you're looking for Bruce-specific information, grab something like his Rolling Stone interviews collection.
"In the end, while fans' feelings may fluctuate, connecting with Springsteen means that he becomes a part of each fan, a continuing presence to which they may turn again and again. On the whole, fandom is not some particular thing one has or does. Fandom is a process of being; it is the way one is." --Daniel Cavicchi, the author