“Born to Run”

Douglas R. Anderson

in Philosophy Americana

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225507
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235506 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

“Born to Run”

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This chapter explores Bruce Springsteen's “Born to Run.” This song puts the experimental at war with the cultural closures that threaten the listeners with the ordinariness of their ordinary lives. Springsteen, like Emerson, preaches a gospel of the extraordinary in the ordinary. The song's mysticism is accompanied by social and political concerns, personal difficulties, and the ongoing erosion of someone's version of the “American dream”.

Keywords: male mysticism; Bruce Springsteen; Born to Run; mysticism; American dream

Chapter.  4579 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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