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It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteenby Eric Alterman
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Why does Bruce Springsteen mean so much to so many people? Apart from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, no contemporary popular musician has had the cultural impact that Bruce Springsteen has on America. Since he was appointed in the late 1970s as "the future of rock and roll" and appeared on the covers of both Time and Newsweek, he has redefined the image of the rock star. Political journalist Eric Alterman examines the unique phenomenon that is The Boss and how he has come to reflect and interpret a turbulent quarter-century of American history.
"Part biography, part lyrical deconstruction, and part fan letter, Alterman's book locates Springsteen's strength in his ability to connect the small struggles of the comman man with the broad political and social forces that engulf us, and to do so with a human touch." David E. Thigpen, Time
"It Ain't No Sin To Be Glad You're Alive celebrates Springsteen's enduring legacy and reaffirms his position as a recording artist and performer who personifies America in the same way that Woody Guthrie, Walt Whitman, John Steinbeck, and Bob Dylan have in their work." Robert Santelli, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Much more than gossipy patter. For the Springsteen fan, It Ain't No Sin To Be Glad You're Alive is an insightful, fuel-injected ride on a runaway American dream." Miriam Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constition
This highly praised celebration of Springsteen's artistry and influence is the most perceptive portrait yet of the remarkably gifted musician who, since the media anointed him the future of rock 'n' roll in the mid-1970s, has redefined the image of the rock star and emerged an authentic American hero — a man to whom millions of loyal fans look as a voice for their yearnings, hopes, fears, and dreams.
Why does Bruce Springsteen mean so much to so many people? Political journalist Eric Alterman examines the unique phenomenon that is The Boss and how he has come to reflect and interpret a turbulent quarter-century of American history.
About the Author
Eric Alterman is a political and cultural columnist for the Nation, MSNBC.com, and IntellectualCapital.com and is a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute. He is the author of Sound and Fury and Who Speaks for America?
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