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Working on a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen Paperback – January 28, 2010
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-In These Times
"Make no mistake about it, Masciotra is a complete Springsteen devotee, but even if you are not a fan there is still much of interest in this finely detailed and intensely written volume.
Generally adopting a thematic rather than a strictly chronological or biographical approach, Masciotra anchors his politics firmly to the left and finds the love, anger, despair and hope so often present in Springsteen's work an invaluable guide to both understanding and changing the lot of those presently either despised or rendered invisible in the heart of the American dream.
...Unlike the all too clever, intentionally shallow and gossip-obsessed rubbish that we generally get, this is musical journalism definitely worth reading."
-The Morning Star
'The book leaves you with hope that music can challenge people and even change situations'
"Masciotra's readings are insightful, even brilliant at times. ...Masciotra argues in Working on a Dream, by way of painstakingdissections of Springsteen’s lyrics, his stories are in the deepestsense about a nation that systematically subverts itself: underminesits communities, isolates citizens from one another, exercises itspower recklessly, and destroys the sense of solidarity that is socrucial to a healthy society."
-In These Times
'The book leaves you with hope that music can challenge people and even change situations’
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Top Customer Reviews
This author really GETS IT; that Bruce's writing has been informed from the very beginning by lives that are lived in the margins, by people who are cast away and considered dispensable.
I wish Bruce would have blurbed the book--I think this represents what he thinks as much as anything I've ever read. Every day I thank Bruce for his part in speaking for those whose voices are not heard; now I need to thank this brilliant author as well.
Sometimes I wonder when I read a review so positive if I'm really the author's mother, or cousin, or whatever. For the record, never met him, though I'd love to sit down and have a beer and talk Bruce with him someday. Bravo!!
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Booked sucked....like really bad...like so bad I think he might be half retarded and no one caught on til now...... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Billy
It turned out to be a very well written book. Was concerned though as there is a mistake right in the first sentence of the first chapter, Springsteen was born on 23rd of September... Read morePublished on April 4, 2010 by Rainer J. Paetzelt