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Whose hometown? Reception of Bruce Springsteen as an index of Australian national identities

Warren, Brad and West, Patrick 2014, Whose hometown? Reception of Bruce Springsteen as an index of Australian national identities, BOSS: the biannual online-journal of Springsteen studies, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 74-95.

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Title Whose hometown? Reception of Bruce Springsteen as an index of Australian national identities
Author(s) Warren, Brad
West, Patrick
Journal name BOSS: the biannual online-journal of Springsteen studies
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 74
End page 95
Total pages 22
Publisher University of Virginia
Place of publication Charlottesville, Va.
Publication date 2014
Summary Focusing on the cultural landscape of the mid-1980s, this paper explores the Australian experience of Bruce Springsteen. Australian author Peter Carey’s short story collection, The Fat Man in History, anticipates two phases of Australia’s relationship to the United States, phases expressed by responses to Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. (1984) and the 1986 blockbuster Crocodile Dundee. Springsteen’s album was received by an Australian audience who wanted to be like Americans; Crocodile Dundee, on the other hand, provided a representation of what Australians thought Americans wanted Australians to be. This paper argues that the first phase was driven by emergent technologies, in particular the Walkman, which allowed for personal and private listening practices. However, technological changes in the 1990s facilitated a more marked shift in listening space towards individualization, a change reflected in Springsteen’s lyrics.
Language eng
Field of Research 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080037

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