As a supplement to the class I am teaching for the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning on the music of Bruce Springsteen, I am providing these supplemental resources. Enjoy!
South by Southwest Keynote Address (2012)
Springsteen's 50-minute talk about his musical influences. The embedded video below contains the entire keynote address.
Blinded by the Light directed by Gurinder Chadha (2019)
A film based on the true story of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, a British-Pakistani Muslim who became obsessed with Springsteen's music as a teenager in the 1980s. Available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Apple TV.
Available for streaming on Netflix. Also available as an audio recording on CD from Amazon.
Renegades: Born in the USA (2021) – trailer
Six-hour conversation between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen on topics ranging from fatherhood to the American Dream.
The Live Series Collection – playlist
Springsteen Acoustic – playlist
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (2016)
Springsteen's autobiography. (Purchase on Amazon)
Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen by Jonathan D. Cohen, June Skinner, et. al. (2019)
A collection of essays from diverse writers describing how they have been moved, shaped, and challenged by Springsteen's music. (Purchase from Amazon)
Mary Climbs In: The Journeys of Bruce Springsteen's Women Fans by Lorraine Mangione and Donna Luff (2023)
A book of feminist studies, examining how women from around the world have been affected by Springsteen's music. (Purchase from Amazon)
Meeting Across the River: Stories Inspired by the Haunting Bruce Springsteen Song, edited by Jessica Kaye and Richard Brewer (2005)
A collection of twenty-one short stories based on Springsteen's song, "Meeting Across the River." (Purchase from Amazon)
Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, edited by Joe Clifford (2014)
A collection of forty-one short stories by a variety of writers creating, creating works of fiction based on the songs of Bruce Springsteen. (Purchase from Amazon)