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Finding Grace in the Concert Hall: Community and Meaning Among Springsteen Fans

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Finding Grace in the Concert Hall: Community and Meaning Among Springsteen Fans
author
Randall, Linda
abstract
Bruce Springsteen’s music and performances have provided an emotional outlet for thousands of fans all over the world. Using the statements of these fans, as well as the life and music of Springsteen, this paper documents the reasons why, as well as the ways in which fans are inspired to create a community. This community reflects both their emotional and spiritual attachment as well as their attempts to live according to the moral precepts they find through this music. Springsteen himself has laid the groundwork for this community through his words, music, and deeds. To many, these feelings and values are as valid and alive as any other spiritual tradition, and are a legitimate spiritual outlet. The thoughts and actions of these fans, and the motivating forces behind them, allow a glimpse into how nontraditional spiritual values can be formed and acted on outside the gates of what is normally seen as conventional church-going behavior. By acknowledging the legitimacy of personal spiritual connection outside a sectarian landscape, it is hoped that appreciation and tolerance for different belief systems and system formations can be cultivated and nourished.
subject
Religion
popular culture
music
rock and roll
contributor
Dr. Jeanne Simonelli (committee chair)
Dr. Lynn Neal (committee member)
Dr. LeRhonda Manigault (committee member)
date
2008-12-19T14:52:38Z (accessioned)
2010-06-18T18:57:23Z (accessioned)
2008-12-19T14:52:38Z (available)
2010-06-18T18:57:23Z (available)
2008-12-19T14:52:38Z (issued)
degree
Religion (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/14691 (uri)
publisher
Wake Forest University
rights
Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide. (accessRights)
type
Thesis

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