Springsteen and His Layered Lyrics

Date: Jun 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Bernardsville Library

Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this program presented by Prudence Jones, Professor at Montclair University, participants can learn how lyrics can be analyzed like texts and compare Springsteen’s lyrics to songs that have influenced him. [Audio recordings are not featured in this program.] This program is funded by the NJ Council for the Humanities. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.