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On Bruce Springsteen's Music in Film and TV

Bruce Springsteen's music in film and television captured author Caroline Madden's imagination. She discuses her book, Springsteen as Soundtrack, and other things Springsteen in this interview.

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The 20 Best Americana Albums of 2019

Our Best 20 Americana albums of 2019 are a multicultural, polysexual, cross-genre lineup of cool Americana music that, as with the best parts of the American promise, pays tribute to the musical wells from which they spring but also takes the artform wherever their rugged individualism and talent-rich hearts lead them.

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Bruce Springsteen's 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' Calls Out to Us

Bruce Springsteen's 1995 album, The Ghost of Tom Joad, inherited and built upon some powerful 20th century American literary, political, and pop culture themes. Can we hear its haunting call in these times?

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How Bruce Springsteen-Inspired Film, 'Blinded by the Light', Came to Light

Director Gurinder Chadha and author/journalist Sarfraz Manzoor discuss the culture clash that inspired their film, Blinded by the Light, based on Manzoor's cross-cultural memoir, Greetings from Bury Park.

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When You Speak to Your Muse, Does It Answer? It Does in 'Boss Broad'

Wild rebellion and reckless combat are increasingly less valued than ethical wit and spiritual sustenance in Megan Volpert's entertaining and insightful Boss Broad.

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Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars' Grows More Satisfying with Repeated Exposure

Deeply moving, inventive and even a bit risky, Western Stars will take its place among Bruce Springsteen's solo gems.

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'Springsteen on Broadway' Is Springsteen Fully Owning the Myth of the Working Class Hero

Springsteen on Broadway is a powerful audio document of Bruce Springsteen's 14 month one-man performance run at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater.

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Wilder Adkins Brings Springsteen's "I'm Going Down" to a Gentle Simmer (premiere)

Alabama folk artist Wilder Adkins revitalizes a Springsteen classic with his acoustic rearrangement of "I'm Going Down".

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Eddie Cochran's Working Class "Summertime Blues" Asks, This Is Living?

Ever get the feeling that the struggle to get by makes it impossible to have the energy or the time to storm the barricades? That's what American capitalism has achieved in 2018: maximum depression. And that's why Cochran's 1958 song of angst plays on to this day.

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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 4 - Dead Kennedys to Steve Earle

PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Stay tuned all week as we unveil the top 100.

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Treasuring Memories of Paul McCartney on 'One on One' Tour

McCartney welcomed Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt out for a song at Madison Square Garden.

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Professor Randall E. Auxier Is My Bass Player -- and Philosopher

Metaphysical Graffiti is a greatest hits rock/philosophy compilation that showcases the coolest professor around.

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The Highway Is for Gamblers: Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen Take a One-way Trip

How Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen traveled out of a small town towards the great unknown.

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Farewell Songs and New Beginnings in Late Night TV

How late night TV talk shows move on musically.

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From Hot Rods to Heartbreak: Bruce Springsteen and 'Baby It’s You'

Baby It’s You pushes past high school’s safe spaces to confront the audience with an imperfect world.

Caroline Madden
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'Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes', or, Music criticism, Minnesota-style

Jim Walsh’s writing combines heartfelt personal stories with knowledgeable music criticism. Reading this collection feels like having a conversation with an old friend.

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"Galveston Bay" and Bruce Springsteen's Search for the Promised Land

In a year when banning an entire culture from entry into the US is a key election point, the inclusiveness and humanism of Springsteen's "Galveston Bay" has never been more essential.

Peter Brearley
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'Born to Run': The Unfathomable Confessions of Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen's autobiography, Born to Run, is on a mission to deliver us into the paradox of holy terror.

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Bruce Springsteen Meets Fans and Chats 'Born to Run' in NYC (Video)

Promoting his memoir Born to Run, The Boss visited Barnes & Noble and an Apple Store in NYC where he sat for a chat.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars: Pretty Years

With Pretty Years , Cymbals Eat Guitars have delivered their richest and most accessible music yet.

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Butch Walker: Stay Gold

Butch Walker gives his greatest performance to date on heart-filled album.

Jedd Beaudoin
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At Last, a Sober and Punk Rendering of Bruce Springsteen's Life and Work

Boss is a solid book because the firm, understated power of Gillian Gaar’s gutter feminist voice cuts through all that glitters around Springsteen.

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Bruce Springsteen, 'The Ties That Bind', the Working Class, and Authenticity

As we use the term today, authenticity allows no truth from art, only from artists. It visits art the way one visits a subway station or an airport: to get to somewhere else.

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Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection shows Springsteen and the band writing their second act, the one where they figured out how to grow up without losing touch with the energy and freedom of rock 'n' roll.

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'A Town Called Malice': What's Happened to Working-Class Music?

Is it possible that the very idea of the working class doesn't exist in popular music today -- as if it's been erased?

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Last of the Rock Stars? An Interview With Elliott Murphy

As Elliot Murphy tells PopMatters, the new reimagining of his 1973 debut Aquashow may be the most profound musical adventure of his 40-plus year career yet.

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Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World

The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in.

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A Portrait of the Boss As a Young Man: On Bruce Springsteen's First Seven Albums

The go-for-broke inspiration Bruce Springsteen became legendary for providing in his songs initially sprang from the most authentic source: himself.

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Saint the Boss, Intercede for us Sinners...

In attempting to distance Springsteen from his sainted reputation by humanizing him, Ryan White only manages to sanctify him all the more.

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Nils Lofgren: Face the Music

Possibly the mother of all box sets, Nils Lofgren’s Face the Music contains 169 tracks, 20 video clips, and a 136-page book, covering a big talent’s long career.

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Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl (Deluxe Edition)

Mystery Girl, possibly one of the few ‘80s pop masterpieces, makes it to a deluxe version, with an expanded CD and DVD documentary. If only we could always live in dreams.

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Bruce Springsteen: American Beauty EP

Four track EP American Beauty demonstrates Springsteen’s commitment to put more music out

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Bruce Springsteen: 17 May 2014 - Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT (Photos)

Following a string of shows in Australia and New Zealand, Springsteen returned to the States for a run of shows ending with two sold-out nights at Mohegan Sun.

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Bruce Springsteen's Artful Criticism of American Culture

This is an ambitious undertaking, weaving American history, popular culture, and Bruce Springsteen’s music into a cohesive narrative.

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Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.

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Counterbalance No. 162: Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA'

You can't start a fire without a spark. This gun's for hire, even if it's the 162 most acclaimed album of all time. A misunderstood blockbuster from 1984 is this week's Counterbalance.


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