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Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning Among Springsteen Fans [Paperback]

Daniel Cavicchi
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1 Sep 1998
Based on three years of ethnographic research with Bruce Springsteen fans and informed by the author's own experiences as a fan, this is an interdisciplinary study of the ways in which ordinary people form special, sustained attachments to Bruce Springsteen and his music and how those attachments function in people's daily lives to create meaning, shape identity, and create community. An insider's narrative about Springsteen fans - who they are, what they do and why they do it - it is also about the phenomenon of fandom in general. The text moves back and forth between fans' stories and ideas and the author's own anecdotes, commentary and analysis. Cavicchi argues that music fandom is a useful and meaningful behaviour that enables people to shape identity, create community and make sense of the world.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195125649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195125641
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,092,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A worthy addition to popular music scholarship....Cavicchi's dialogic and reflexive style of presentation is right at the heart of current cultural studies and ethnomusicological thinking....He is able to take complex theory and make it readily accessible for a nonacademic reader."--Rob Bowman, York University"Cavicchi manages to convey enthusiasm [about] his subject without losing his critical stance...and he writes in an accessible, clear, and engaging style. It is a pleasurable and fascinating study that will make a significant contribution to the study of popular music."--Sara Cohen, Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool"This is an original area in music studies [which] grows out of the author's pioneering work in popular music as people use it in daily life. Cavicchi takes a scholarly approach to understanding fandom as community, and his research among Springsteen fans has been quite thorough....The book's readability is a very impressive and appealing

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When my wife and I first heard on the radio that Bruce Springsteen would be doing two shows at the Boston Garden, we flew into action. Read the first page
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like TRACKS, this is one for the real fans. 20 Dec 1998
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Format:Paperback
This book came to me as a gift from a friend who knew of my fanaticism for the Boss's music. It is part scholarship and part testimonial, written in the style of the best New Yorker journalism: not quite high brow but a cut above ROLLING STONE et al. It's just great to know that there are deep and abiding tramps like us who can publish a book that talks the talk of ones who have walked the walk, from Asbury Park to L.A. . . . and back again. And now that Bruce & the Band are going to hit the road again, this is JUST the book to prepare for a summer of staying in line for tickets . . . as long as it takes. If you love the Boss and you love good writing, you'll love this book. Thanks Bunny! m.d.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I no longer have to write an autobiograpy 2 Feb 1999
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The book arrived from amazon yesterday and I never put it down. Having been a Bruce Springsteen fan for the last 15 years it was uncanny reading. I could relate to almost every aspect of this work as if the author was describing me. The experiance of being a Bruce Springsteen fan has never been easy to relate to people, I no longer have to, I will just lend them the book. Being a New Zealander it has been a mammoth excercise keeping up with Bruce Springsteen, seeing shows, waiting for albums and the like, we are just so far away, but this book showed me that the experiance of being a fan is the same world-wide. Imagine a book which describes you and your experiances and passions so well that you begin to wonder if someone has been following you for the last two decades taking notes...freaky.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like TRACKS, this is one for the real fans. 20 Dec 1998
By Mark J. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book came to me as a gift from a friend who knew of my fanaticism for the Boss's music. It is part scholarship and part testimonial, written in the style of the best New Yorker journalism: not quite high brow but a cut above ROLLING STONE et al. It's just great to know that there are deep and abiding tramps like us who can publish a book that talks the talk of ones who have walked the walk, from Asbury Park to L.A. . . . and back again. And now that Bruce & the Band are going to hit the road again, this is JUST the book to prepare for a summer of staying in line for tickets . . . as long as it takes. If you love the Boss and you love good writing, you'll love this book. Thanks Bunny! m.d.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They All Listen To The Same Boss 30 Mar 2004
By Autumn May - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you judge the book by its cover, it looks like a Bruce book. This isn't a book about Bruce Springsteen, nor is it about specific Bruce fans MORE than it is an academic study of people who all like the same artist. It's technical, scientific, and just happens to use specifically-Springsteen fans as the control group.
I believe Bruce was used because his following happens to be notoriously massive, including several generations. This is probably because his music often centers around middle class life.
Several issues:
+ Conversion of a fan - when a person has not always been fond of an artist but turns into a fan. Religious comparisons included.
+ The live experience - what kinds of physical things typically happen, and interviews of psyched concert-goers
+ Community - friendships formed based on fandom, internet communication, etc
+ Participation - things fans outwardly do/behavior study
Now, it's all based on fans of the same subject, so there is a constant reference to Bruce. The people are talking about Bruce - but THEY are the subject of the book.
Know that, before you decide whether or not you want it. I adore these kinds of studies and happen to love Bruce, too - so naturally, I dug this book. But if you're looking for Bruce-specific information, grab something like his Rolling Stone interviews collection.
"In the end, while fans' feelings may fluctuate, connecting with Springsteen means that he becomes a part of each fan, a continuing presence to which they may turn again and again. On the whole, fandom is not some particular thing one has or does. Fandom is a process of being; it is the way one is." --Daniel Cavicchi, the author
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched, well thought out 4 Mar 2014
By Jess S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Used this book as part of a research paper. Love the stories of fans and the massive amount of research put into this book. Music industry peeps and Springsteen fans alike should read this book, you'll definitely get something out of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read for Fan-Minded People 20 Jan 2014
By Amanda R, - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you ever felt like you were alone or perhaps abnormal for being a fanatic, this book and the studies Daniel has conducted, and continues to expand on at RISD being a professor, will make you feel absolutely normal. Fans use their hobbies to connect to others, find themselves and get through the day. It's wonderful when someone can put into words what fan culture/anthropology is.
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