Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen

Jonathan D. Cohen (Editor) June Skinner Sawyers (Editor)
& 27 more


Bruce Springsteen might be the quintessential American rock musician but his songs have resonated with fans from all walks of life and from all over the world. This unique collection features reflections from a diverse array of writers who explain what Springsteen means to them and describe how they have been moved, shaped, and challenged by his music.

Contributors to Long Walk Home include novelists like Richard Russo, rock critics like Greil Marcus and Gillian Gaar, and other noted Springsteen scholars and fans such as A. O. Scott, Peter Ames Carlin, and Paul Muldoon. They reveal how Springsteen's albums served as the soundtrack to their lives while also exploring the meaning of his music and the lessons it offers its listeners. The stories in this collection range from the tale of how "Growin' Up" helped a lonely Indian girl adjust to life in the American South to the saga of a group of young Australians who turned to Born to Run to cope with their country's 1975 constitutional crisis. These essays examine the big questions at the heart of Springsteen's music, demonstrating the ways his songs have resonated for millions of listeners for nearly five decades.

Commemorating the Boss's seventieth birthday, Long Walk Home explores Springsteen's legacy and provides a stirring set of testimonials that illustrate why his music matters.

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
Rutgers University Press
Publish Date
September 23, 2019
6.2 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

JONATHAN D. COHEN received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia. He is the managing editor of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies and the coeditor of All In: The Spread of Gambling in Twentieth-Century United States (2018).

JUNE SKINNER SAWYERS has published extensively on Bruce Springsteen, including Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (2004) and Workingman: The Faith-Based Politics ofBruce Springsteen (2014). Born in Glasgow, she currently teaches humanities courses at the Newberry Library in Chicago.


"Rutgers Univ. Press to celebrate Springsteen's birthday with 'Long Walk Home' book," by Jay Lustig--Kenneth Womack "NJ Arts"
"A killer collection of Boss studies and stories, as varied as Springsteen's own body of work and a fitting tribute to the man -- at 70, both an American legend and an artist as vital as ever."--Christopher Phillips "Editor of Backstreets.com"
"Taken together, the 26 essays in Long Walk Home give readers a rich understanding of why the Boss matters so profoundly to his audience; how each of us has been moved, challenged, and shaped by Springsteen's music."--Roxanne Harde "co-editor of Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture"
"Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen did something I wouldn't have thought possible: it deepened my appreciation for the artist by broadening my understanding of his relevance and influence. I'd long known that Bruce had wide, diverse, international appeal. Now I have a better understanding of why. Highly recommended."--Roxanne Harde "E Street Shuffle"
"Springsteen at 70: Remembering When The Boss Rocked New Brunswick" by TAP into New Brunswick
https: //www.tapinto.net/towns/east-brunswick/articles/springsteen-at-70-remembering-when-the-boss-rocked-new-brunswick-8--Roxanne Harde "TAP into New Brunswick"
"In a collection as carefully compiled as a Springsteen album, Cohen and Booklist contributor Sawyers celebrate the Boss at 70....For more than four decades, Springsteen's music has been part of our popular music and culture and will continue to be, long after his final album is released. As this compilation illustrates, his 'Glory Days' are far from over."--Roxanne Harde "Booklist"
"Dermot Bolger: 'As Bruce turns 70, I thank him for giving voice to my world, '" excerpt from Long Walk Home
https: //www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/dermot-bolger-as-bruce-turns-70-i-thank-him-for-giving-voice-to-my-world-38496573.html--Roxanne Harde "Irish Independent"
"Springsteen at Seventy," by Wesley Stace
https: //www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/09/21/springsteen-at-seventy/--Roxanne Harde "New York Review of Books"
"The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen And The Wide Divide," excerpted from A.O. Scott's piece in Long Walk Home
https: //www.npr.org/2019/09/23/762803629/the-ties-that-bind-bruce-springsteen-and-the-wide-divide--Roxanne Harde "NPR Books"
"Why Bruce Springsteen is the soundtrack of the 2020 primary," by Jonathan D. Cohen
https: //www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/09/23/why-bruce-springsteen-is-soundtrack-primary/--Roxanne Harde "Washington Post"
"Rutgers Professor Reflects on Springsteen's Legacy for ''The Boss's' 70th Birthday," by Cynthia Medina
https: //news.rutgers.edu/qa/rutgers-professor-reflects-springsteens-legacy-ahead-bosss-70th-birthday/20190730?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rutgerstoday#.XYmJOOdKjq0--Roxanne Harde "Rutgers Today"
"Relatable passages and...excellent writing."--Roxanne Harde "Newark Star-Ledger"
"Bruce Springsteen Is Jew-ish: He may be Catholic, but to many fans--including this one--his lyrics speak to a different creed," by Eric Alterman
https: //www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/bruce-springsteen-almost-jewish/599146/--Roxanne Harde "The Atlantic"
"Growing Up With Bruce Springsteen: I wouldn't be the man I am without him," by Eric Alterman
http: //www.publicseminar.org/essays/growing-up-with-bruce-springsteen/--Roxanne Harde "Public Seminar"
"That's the greatest joy of Long Walk Home--the little details from fan's lives, intersecting with moments of historical and artistic significance."--Roxanne Harde "Third Coast Review"
Contributor Lou Maser interview on "One-on-One with Steve Adubato"
http: //steveadubato.org/bruce-springsteen-s-impact-on-music-history.html--Roxanne Harde "One-on-One with Steve Adubato"
"The book nods to Springsteen's international, intercultural popularity and success....The most thought-provoking essays in Long Walk Home are by writers who are not from the stereotypical Springsteen fan base."--Roxanne Harde "Times Literary Supplement"
"E Street Radio" SiriusXM interview with contributors Daniel Wolff Lauren Onkey--Roxanne Harde "E Street Radio - SiriusXM"
"Local Leaders Never Stop Reading" by Amanda Capps
http: //www.greenvillebusinessmag.com/2020/03/05/299879/local-leaders-never-stop-reading--Roxanne Harde "Greenville Business Magazine"
"Celebrating Bruce at 70," by Tammy La Gorce--Roxanne Harde "New Jersey Monthly"
"The expanding field of Springsteen Studies is fascinating, and includes stellar volumes written by many of the contributors to this collection. Kudos to co-editors Jonathan D. Cohen (managing editor of "'BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies') and June Skinner Sawyers (editor of "Racing in the Streets: The Bruce Springsteen Reader") for giving Springsteen fans an extraordinary new addition to that canon. Long Walk Home is worthy of its subject and a timely reminder of Springsteen's promise in the 1999 anthem 'Land of Hope and Dreams' that 'dreams will not be thwarted/ faith will be rewarded.'"--Roxanne Harde "Charleston Post & Courier"