The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies


BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies aims to publish scholarly, peer-reviewed essays pertaining to Bruce Springsteen. This open-access journal seeks to encourage consideration of Springsteen’s body of work primarily through the political, economic, and socio-cultural factors that have influenced his music and shaped its reception. BOSS welcomes broad interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to Springsteen’s songwriting and performance. The journal aims to secure a place for Springsteen Studies in the contemporary academy.

Contact: Please address all queries to Jonathan D. Cohen (Managing Editor) at

Vol 1, No 1 (2014)

Full Issue

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Table of Contents


Front Matter and Table of Contents PDF
Introduction to BOSS PDF
Contributors PDF


Another Side of “Born in the U.S.A.”: Form, Paradox, and Rhetorical Indirection PDF
Jason Schneider 9-35
Springsteen, Tradition, and the Purpose of the Artist PDF
William Wolff 36-73
Whose Hometown? Reception of Bruce Springsteen as an Index of Australian National Identities PDF
Brad Warren and Patrick West 74-95
Springsteen as Developmental Therapist: An Autoethnography PDF
Rodney Dieser 96-120

Reviews and Special Collections

Reviews PDF
Special Collections PDF