Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen, Bruce Frederick

Bruce Frederick Springsteen, 1949–, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, nicknamed "The Boss," b. Long Branch, N.J. Springsteen established himself as a singer and songwriter, as well as a stage showman, while playing in bands in cities along the shore of the NE United States during the late 1960s and early 70s. Backed by the E Street Band, he achieved success and lasting popularity with his 1975 record Born to Run. His songs, which have frequently drawn their inspiration from small towns and the Midwestern industrial heartland, often expound working-class themes and explore the effects of a decaying American dream. His other recordings include The River (1980), the solo Nebraska (1982), and the enormously successful Born in the USA (1984). Springsteen displayed a more austere, less hard-edged style in such albums as Tunnel of Love (1987) and The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995). Once again backed up by the E Street Band, he returned to somber, emotionally compelling rock in his 9/11–themed The Rising (2002) and later mixed a fluid, muscular rock with strongly melodic cuts in Magic (2007).

See his memoir, Born to Run (2016); biographies by D. Marsh (1979 and 1987; rev. ed. in 1 vol., 2003); J. S. Sawyers, ed., Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (2004); J. Cullen, Born in the U.S.A. (1997); E. Alterman, It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive (1999); R. Coles, Bruce Springsteen's America (2003); G. Graff, The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z (2005); J. Guterman, Runaway American Dream: Listening to Bruce Springsteen (2005); M. Dolan, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll (2012).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Bruce Springsteen: Selected full-text books and articles

Tramps like Us: Music & Meaning among Springsteen Fans By Daniel Cavicchi Oxford University Press, 1998
Understanding Popular Music By Roy Shuker Routledge, 1994
Librarian's tip: "Bruce Springsteen: The Boss" begins on p. 123
A Land of Hope and Dreams? Bruce Springsteen & America's Political Landscape from the Rising to Wrecking Ball By Collinson, Ian Social Alternatives, Vol. 33, No. 1, January 1, 2014
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All Shook Up: How Rock 'n' Roll Changed America By Glenn C. Altschuler Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Springsteen begins on p. 189
American Culture in the 1970s By Will Kaufman Edinburgh University Press, 2009
American Popular Music: The Rock Years By Christopher Waterman; Larry Starr Oxford University Press, 2006
Immigration and American Popular Culture: An Introduction By Rachel Rubin; Jeffrey Melnick New York University Press, 2007
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Springsteen's "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle" begins on p. 124
Populist Argumentation in Bruce Springsteen's the Rising By Foster, Lisa Argumentation and Advocacy, Vol. 48, No. 2, Fall 2011
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