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Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition
Jim Cullen; Daniel Cavicchi, fwd.


2005 • 288 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/4"
Music / Popular Culture / Cultural Studies / American Studies

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6761-1

“Jim Cullen writes with authority and empathy about the blue-collar roots that shaped Bruce Springsteen and gave rise to his music of rebellion. This is a provocative look at one of America’s cultural icons.” —Eleanor Clift, Newsweek

A thinking person’s exploration of the cultural significance of Bruce Springsteen.

Moving beyond the biographical and journalistic approaches of most writing on Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A. was the first major work of cultural criticism to situate Springsteen’s work in the broader sweep of American history—the heir of Walt Whitman and Woody Guthrie, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. Springsteen is an influential chronicler of our society, says Jim Cullen, a “good conservative” who preserves the traditional values of hard work, inclusive families, and genuine concern for the less fortunate. In the new edition to this landmark work, Cullen also discusses new currents in Springsteen’s music since 9/11, notably his 2002 album The Rising. This Wesleyan edition includes a new foreword, introduction, and afterword. Must reading for any serious fan—or anyone who has ever been curious about what all the fuss has been about.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“… offers illumination and thoughtful, discriminating observations about its myriad subjects. And it has aged almost as well as ‘Nebraska.’”Eric Alterman, The Nation

“This is a well-written, painstakingly researched, and surprisingly unpretentious book.”Asbury Park Press

“Jim Cullen has done something rare in the study of American history and popular culture: he has brought together, through the life and work of Bruce Springsteen, symbols that unite elements of American society beyond the partisan claims and slogans.”Mari Jo Buhle, MacArthur Fellow, Brown University

JIM CULLEN teaches history at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York. His articles and reviews have appeared in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to the American Historical Review, and he has published seven books, including The American Dream (2003). DANIEL CAVICCHI is author of Tramps Like Us (1998).

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