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Bruce Springsteen "The King and I" 26 2013
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THE KING AND I

 

Bianca Elton Ara           Some of you might remember the 1951 Broadway hit musical starring Yul Brynner, The King and I, the play’s plot recounts the adventures of a schoolteacher hired as part of the King’s desire to modernize his country. Not long after, precisely forty years ago, the rock-star Bruce Springsteen gave birth to a completely new rock scene that will change the Rock & Roll scenario forever. His music portrays the mood of an entire generation, but behind the words he sings we find the most incredible stories told by the fans themselves. And now “the people” from all over the world are to become the protagonists of Bruce Springsteen’s latest soundtrack, appearing in a documentary/film “Springsteen and I”, produced by Ridley Scott and coming to cinemas this July. Springsteen’s music has often been described as cinematic, simply because it pictures an everday story in front of our eyes, because the characters are true and faithful to reality with actual beginnings and ends and because of his incredible empathy in creating a real movie storyline. The following are only a few of his songs that have been considered to have the finest completion within film: The Wrestler, Secret Garden, Lift Me Up, Stolen Car, Born in the U.S.A., Hungry Heart and Streets of Philadelphia. The King of rock, the New Jersey Rambo look-alike rocker is the only star who can claim to represent America better than any other artist, he has been a constant cultural symbol for America, he has appropriately been considered as the spokesman of the American working class, whose heroes have populated his songs throughout. A fundamental aspect of Springsteen’s work is that of isolation, alienation and individuality, it’s a known fact that American culture approves by far the strong and competitive, aware of the frightening results this might have on society; Springsteen sings about the need for community and communication between people. Relating about his masterpiece Nebraska, the artist says: The record was just basically about people being isolated. And I think when that happens, there's just a whole breakdown. When you lose that sense of community, there's some spiritual breakdown that occurs. You just get shot off somewhere where nothing really matters.” His songs carry examples of how to narrate traumas and losses in ways that render them more addressable to the listener but at the same time deeply question what we thought we knew. His music speaks of the need to escape, to reach something better and his heroes all seem to need somewhere to go, maybe home. As a true American and through his use of themes and images, Springsteen seems to appeal to a set of values that millions of people share all over the world, he represents the icon of the American Dream, a dream shared by many. Even the contemporary American playwright and author of Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet states: “national culture is founded very much on the idea of strive and success… your extremity is my opportunity”.

As best American artist, Springsteen represents America to the rest of the world, he’s a valuable cultural ambassador, he gives voice to the abused and marginalized, never forgetting how to survive and enjoy life. He is proud of his country, for good and for bad and he gives his fans reason to be proud individuals, to rejoice in their accomplishments and to continue to dream and believe in a better world. That’s Bruce for you… The Boss.


 

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