The Glory Days and Misappropriation of Bruce Springsteen

date Monday, 30 September 2013 time 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

👤 John Rigby 🏢 Project 4 Gallery


Bruce Springsteen’s status as a superstar was sealed nearly 30 years ago with the release of “Born in the U.S.A.” The best-selling record of both 1984 and 1985, the album paints stark portraits of Americans living on society’s margins: a disturbed Vietnam veteran, a chain gang worker, an isolated young man “dancing in the dark.” Despite these grim tales, the album’s imagery, upbeat sonic production, and hugely popular tour told a very different story to many Americans, including President Reagan.

Through film clips, historical articles, and an analysis of Springsteen’s lyrics, we’ll explore celebrity, fame, politics, iconography, and artistic reinvention. Ultimately we will focus on Springsteen’s best-known album, and discuss its portrayal of the American condition of both the ‘80s and today.


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Washington, DC 20009
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