PERFORMING ARTS

Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen

Rutgers Univ. Sept. 2019. 250p. ed. by ed. by Jonathan D. Cohen & June Skinner Sawyers. photos. bibliog. ISBN 9781978805262. $24.95. MUSIC
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This compilation of heartfelt essays is a moving tribute to musician Bruce Springsteen, who over the past five decades has spoken to and for generations of people from many walks of life. From rousing political anthems to angst-driven love songs, his writing is his most enduring legacy. An eclectic group of contributors, including critic Gillian Gaar and novelist Richard Russo, weigh in on an array of topics, such as race and gender, live performances, and personal trials. Editors Cohen (managing editor, BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies) and Sawyers (Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader) have deftly organized this work. No matter how simple or poetic the prose, the authors convey a deep appreciation for Springsteen and the songs that comforted or inspired their creation. Many readers will identify with these stories and may see their own experiences reflected here.
VERDICT This powerful exploration of the impact of Springsteen’s writing demonstrates why his music continues to resonate.

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