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When Bruce Met Jenny

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262478
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0010
When Bruce Met Jenny

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As the reissue of Journey to Nowhere neared, Michael S. Williamson, one of the authors of this book, talked with Bruce Springsteen by phone and asked if the Ghost of Tom Joad tour would include Youngstown. The Jenny, across a half mile of meadow knee-deep in snow, was a rusting black hulk, in sharp contrast to the world of white. A few days before Bruce's show, someone had climbed the rotting stairs to Jenny's top, at great risk of bodily injury, to place an American flag. It was bitterly cold. Bruce wore a porkpie hat like the one in a picture accompanying the liner notes to the three-album Live/1975–1985: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. They waded into the snow, angling down a steep hill to an abandoned building so that they would remain unseen.

Keywords: Journey to Nowhere; Michael S. Williamson; Bruce Springsteen; Youngstown; Jenny; E Street Band

Chapter.  2278 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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