Meet You in Atlantic City: Travels in Springsteen’s New Jersey | University of Oxford

Meet You in Atlantic City: Travels in Springsteen’s New Jersey

Speaker
James Pettifer (St Cross)
Event date
Event time
17:00
Venue
Rothermere American Institute
1a South Parks Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3UB
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

Chaired by Godfrey Hodgson

Bruce Springsteen—‘The Boss’—has towered over the rock world since he shot to international fame in the early 1970s. He has always been an outspoken advocate of his home state of New Jersey, which has produced many stars of stage, screen and the musical world. James Pettifer makes his own philosophical journey as a visiting scholar at Princeton University, where Springsteen’s music becomes a metaphor for the nature of New Jersey society. The narrative is set in 2007, the year of the Magic album, at the height of the Bush Administration. It explores both the great loyalty and derision that New Jersey inspires from those who know it.