Because I see this work as a collaboration with fellow Springsteen fans, I am wary about simply listing their names. The thoughts, words, and insights of the fans I met have shaped this entire book. Whenever I found myself mired in the frustratingly endless complexities of culture and identity, trying to make sense of theories and hypotheses and concepts, my solution was always the same: I would ask myself, "Well, what do the fans say?' And again and again, they led me out, provided a map, and strengthened my resolve. I will list the fans' names here as convention dictates, but I hope that readers will recognize how much such fans' participation contributed to the tenor and very existence of this work.
First, I would like to thank those who talked with me in extended and sometimes multiple interviews, as well as offered advice and commentary throughout the process of writing; I am indebted to their openness, friendship, and good conversation: Kirk Anderson, Alan Chitlik, Gene Chyzowych, Michael Condouris, Russ Curley, Zach Everson, Paul Fischer, Carrie Gabriel, Jackie Gillis, Timothy Henrion, Judi Johnson, Lowell Kern, Al Khorasani, Mary Krause, Andrew Laurence, Alan Levine, Louis Lucullo, Laurie McLain, David Merrill, David Mocko, John O'Brien, LeAnne Olderman, Roy Opochinski, Lisa Pantano, Eric Raskin, J. D. Rummel, Anna Selden, Monica Shareshian, Andrew Sirk, Monty Smith, Alan Stein, Amy Thom, Mark Van Atten, Linda Warner, Susan West, and Mary Beth Wilson.
In addition, many fans responded to an advertisement I placed in Bacltstreets asking for people to complete a questionnaire; many sent the questionnaires back with long, detailed letters and requests to be interviewed. Unfortunately, I did not have the time or the money to respond to everyone. Nevertheless, the responses were integral to my thinking in this book, and I hope, someday, to meet the people who gave them so generously. Thanks to Brent Albala, Kenneth