Popular Culture Studies and Bruce Springsteen: Escaping and Embracing Religion

Kate McCarthy in 2013, shortly after the re-release of her co-edited volume God in the Details. However, listening back to this unreleased (until now!) interview, her commentary both on the metamorphic nature of popular culture studies and on the music of Bruce Springsteen remain salient and fresh even today. With “the Boss” having just finished his tour in support of the re-released The River and a new solo album planned, it seemed fitting to unearth this interview between McCarthy and A. David Lewis, tracking Springsteen’s relationships to the Church and to women.

This interview was recorded by A. David Lewis – who has been an interviewee on the RSP twice in the past – for a separate project. As fate would have it, the interview has made its way into our hands and we are delighted to bring it to you now.

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    Emmanuel says:

    Hi, thank you for this podcasts (I can’t remember how I came across it). I’m French (sorry for my bad English), I’m 42 and I’ve been listening to Bruce Springsteen for 30 years 🙂 You definitely don’t need to be born in New Jersey to appreciate his songs. I’ve always felt that his music was “spiritual” mostly because it conveys hope (a theological virtues). I think you can feel it in the music itself, even if you don’t (totally) understand the lyrics. Rockers often are/pretend to be bad guys, Springsteen doesn’t. He just emits that positive energy that helps people in their everyday life. Even when he sings about unemployment or drug you can’t help feeling that it will be better one day. I ‘m also a big fan of John Denver btw, who was an amazingly candid, maybe not so religious but very spiritual and solar guy. I hope you understood my globish. All the best !


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