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Bruce Springsteen and Philosophyby Randall Auxier
Synopses & Reviews
Known as the working man's poet, the Boardwalk prophet, or simply, the Boss. If "love is a banquet at which we feed," Bruce Springsteen has provided much food for thought. In this collection of metaphysical probes, a gang of E-street philosophers will undress Bruce's deeper mysteries like irresistible Jersey girls. Can Springsteen settle the nature-nurture debate through his song "Born to Run"? What do the famous philosopher Ricuoer and Springsteen have in common in their depiction of time? These die-hard Springsteen fans, who just happen to be philosophers, compile an entertaining handbook to the field of Springsteen studies, covering topics like Springsteen's connection to Marx and the proletariat, Springsteen's concept of the soul, and his status as a poet.
Essays examine philosophical aspects of rock musician Bruce Springsteen's music, lyrics, and legacy --Provided by publisher.
Table of Contents
The ride it ain't free (and I'm no hero). Prophets and profits : poets, preachers and pragmatists / Randall E. Auxier ; Who's the boss? : Springsteen on the alienation and salvation of work and labor / Steven Michels ; They play guitars all night and all day : on the ethics of encores / Steven Gimbel ; Where were you born, Bruce Springsteen, and what does it matter? / John Shook ; On the cover of the rolling stone : revolution in the U.S.A. / Doug Anderson and Russell Anderson — Mary's dress waves. Blinded by the subterranean homesick muse : the poet as virtuous and virtuoso / Randall E. Auxier ; Racing in the street : freedom, feminism, and collateral damage / Doug Anderson ; An everlasting kiss : the seduction of Wendy / Randall E. Auxier — It's a town full of losers (and maybe we ain't that young anymore). Driving with Springsteen into the darkness at the edge of the world / James Couch ; Thunder Road / Gary L. Herstein ; Everything dies : facing fatalism in 'Atlantic City' / John Jacob Kaag ; Living on the edge : a reason to believe / Erin McKenna and Scott Pratt ; Living in 'my hometown' : local philosophies for troubled times / Heather E. Keith ; Bruce Springsteen or philosophy / Michael Ventimiglia — These two lanes will take us anywhere. Straight time : images of oppression / Luke Dick ; Whatever you say, Boss, or, What the Thunder Road said / Michael F. Patton, Jr ; A little of that human touch : knowledge and empathy in the music of Bruce Springsteen / Scott Calef ; Socrates the sculptor, Springsteen the poet : philosophy and art against the tyrants / Jason M. Bell and Jessica Bell ; Elvis, 57 channels, and a .44 magnum : a cross-section of Springsteen's imagination / Randall E. Auxier.
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