SOLD OUT: Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen Panel
Monday September 23: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
This event is sold out.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Bruce Springsteen might be the quintessential American rock musician but his songs have resonated with fans from all walks of life and from all over the world. This unique collection features reflections from a diverse array of writers who explain what Springsteen means to them and describe how they have been moved, shaped, and challenged by his music.
Contributors to Long Walk Home include novelists like Richard Russo, rock critics like Greil Marcus and Gillian Gaar, and other noted Springsteen scholars and fans such as A. O. Scott, Peter Ames Carlin, and Paul Muldoon. They reveal how Springsteen’s albums served as the soundtrack to their lives while also exploring the meaning of his music and the lessons it offers its listeners. The stories in this collection range from the tale of how “Growin’ Up” helped a lonely Indian girl adjust to life in the American South to the saga of a group of young Australians who turned to Born to Run to cope with their country’s 1975 constitutional crisis. These essays examine the big questions at the heart of Springsteen’s music, demonstrating the ways his songs have resonated for millions of listeners for nearly five decades.
Commemorating the Boss’s seventieth birthday, Long Walk Home explores Springsteen’s legacy and provides a stirring set of testimonials that illustrate why his music matters. Join us for a discussion and celebration of all things Bruce with editors Joathan D. Cohen and June Skinner Sawyers, along with contributors Natalie Adler, Paul Muldoon, Deepa Iyer, and A.O. Scott!
Jonathan D. Cohen received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia. He is the managing editor of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies and the co-editor of All In: The Spread of Gambling in Twentieth-Century United States (2018).
June Skinner Sawyers has published extensively on Bruce Springsteen, including Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (2004) and Workingman: The Faith-Based Politics of Bruce Springsteen (2014). Born in Glasgow, she currently teaches humanities courses at the Newberry Library in Chicago. (Photo: Theresa Albini)
Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He now lives in New York. A former radio and television producer for the BBC in Belfast, he has taught at Princeton University for thirty years. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, as well as Selected Poems 1968–2014. (Photo: Beowulf Sheehan)
Deepa Iyer is a racial justice activist, lawyer, and writer. As an immigrant who moved to Kentucky from India, Deepa’s discovery of Springsteen’s music transformed her sense of belonging and community. Deepa’s first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Muslim, Arab, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, documents stories of young people experiencing Islamophobia, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism. Deepa also hosts a podcast called Solidarity Is This and tweets @dviyer.
A.O. Scott is a film critic at the New York Times and the author of Better Living through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth).
Natalie Adler is a writer living in New York. She has a PhD in comparative literature from Brown University and was a first-generation college student. She works in disability advocacy and leftist organizing in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. Currently, she is completing a novel about queer feminism.