From storm-tinged and rattlesnake-ridden deserts housing downtrodden garage mechanics to the carnival fantasies of the Jersey Shore boardwalk guarded by greasers and lusty dive bar waitresses, Bruce Springsteen’s imaginative and evocative lyrics paint an eclectic tapestry of vivid landscapes and complex characters.
My book examines the relationship between his rich music and cinema. I study how Springsteen's songs and star image color narrative, shape visuals, and voice character's inner thoughts in Peter Bogdanovich's Mask, Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia, David Chase's The Sopranos, and many more.
Serious and academic enough for a film studies class (attention, all you professors!), entertaining enough for any Springsteen fan -- we give it two thumbs up. - Chris Phillips, Backstreets.com
Madden examines her subject with the eye of a scholar and the heart of a Springsteen fan. - Chris Jordan, The Asbury Park Press
"Caroline Madden offers captivating analysis of the use of Springsteen's music in film and television and, by extension, the Boss's influence on forty-years of popular culture. Springsteen as Soundtrack is a must-read for cinephiles and Springsteen fans alike." - Jonathan D. Cohen, author of Long Walk Home
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