The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies https://boss.mcgill.ca/ <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">MISSION STATEMENT: </span></strong></p> <p><em>BOSS</em>: The <em>Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies</em> 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. <em>BOSS</em> 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.</p> <p>Contact: Please address all queries to Jonathan D. Cohen (Managing Editor) at <a href="mailto:Springsteenstudies@gmail.com">Springsteenstudies@gmail.com</a>.</p> en-US springsteenstudies@gmail.com (Jonathan D. Cohen) escholarship.library@mcgill.ca (Jennifer Innes) Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0400 OJS 3.2.1.1 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Reviews https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/37 Reviews of <em>The Grace of God and the Grace of Man </em>by Azzan Yadin-Israel and <em>Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music</em>, edited by William I. Wolff. Various Authors Copyright (c) 2018 The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/37 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Front Matter and Table of Contents https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/44 <span>Title page, submission instructions, and table of contents</span> BOSS Journal Copyright (c) 2018 The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/44 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Contributors to BOSS https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/45 <span>Contributors to </span><em>BOSS</em> BOSS Journal Copyright (c) 2018 The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/45 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0400 “Seeds Blowin’ Up the Highway in the South Wind”: Woody Guthrie’s Angry Sons and Daughters https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/40 <p>Both anger and hope drive Woody Guthrie’s protest songs. Lyrics like “This Land Is Your Land” offer a hopefully angry voice that continues to be heard in the work of contemporary American singer-songwriters. This essay analyzes the ways in which Guthrie’s voice and vision continue to inform the songs of Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Mary Gauthier. By bringing Guthrie’s hopeful anger that insists on justice and mercy and precludes sentimentality, hostility, and nihilism into conversation with the artists who continue his legacy of activism, this paper looks to the “Seeds” Guthrie sowed.</p> Roxanne Harde Copyright (c) 2018 The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/40 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Tradition and Originality in the Songs of Bruce Springsteen https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/41 <p>Bruce Springsteen works within musical traditions in a way that acknowledges their influence and at the same time creates something new. This paper focuses on Springsteen’s relationship to the American folk tradition and the ways in which he creates a dialogue with that tradition in order to offer his own distinct perspective. By looking at Springsteen’s lyrics and their intertexts, we can appreciate how he engages the tradition and transforms it. Ultimately, his audience makes meaning from his songs by understanding them as part of a tradition, recognizing the earlier works that inform Springsteen’s lyrics, and considering both the effect the tradition has on Springsteen’s work and the effect Springsteen's work has on their understanding of that tradition.</p> Prudence Jones Copyright (c) 2018 The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/41 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Bruce Springsteen as Post-Christian Pastor https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/42 <p>This article explores how Bruce Springsteen embodies a North American/Western European twenty-first century religious sensibility that encompasses a secular outlook but is colored by the Christian tradition and is informed by biblical language, images, and ideals. Because Springsteen is able to give voice to an orientation to the world that resonates with the experiences, aspirations, and religious understanding of those who have grown up in the same world as him, Springsteen has become a pastoral/priestly figure to the extensive community that identifies with his work.</p> Lee Beach Copyright (c) 2018 The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/42 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Springsteen & I: A Documentary Analysis of Springsteen’s Fan Base https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/43 <p>Music is an international code of interaction which allows listeners to enhance their knowledge of other countries and cultures. This paper offers a study of music fandom, of the ways in which people form special, sustained attachments to musical performers or genres. The focus for this study is to analyze the 2013 documentary, <em>Springsteen &amp; I </em>through the lens of studies of fandom<em>. </em>This documentary is comprised of fan clips and, using this movie as a cultural artifact, we examine the documentary to see how Springsteen fans, both in the United States and internationally, employ their activities and experiences with the music of this artist. </p> Anthony Esposito, Ronald K. Raymond Copyright (c) 2018 The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies https://boss.mcgill.ca/article/view/43 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0400