Cultural Historian Jim Cullen Discusses and Signs New Music Biography

At Theodore's Books

Join us for an evening with cultural historian Jim Cullen as he discusses and signs his new biography of Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, Bridge and Tunnel Boys.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Copies of Bridge and Tunnel Boys will be available for purchase at the event.

Born four months apart, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel both released their debut albums in the early 1970s, quickly becoming two of the most successful rock stars of their generation. While their critical receptions have been very different, surprising parallels emerge when we look at the arcs of their careers and the musical influences that have inspired them.
Bridge and Tunnel Boys compares the life and work of Long Islander Joel and Asbury Park, New Jersey, native Springsteen, considering how each man forged a distinctive sound that derived from his unique position on the periphery of the Big Apple. Locating their music within a longer tradition of the New York metropolitan sound, dating back to the early 1900s, cultural historian Jim Cullen explores how each man drew from the city’s diverse racial and ethnic influences. His study explains how, despite frequently releasing songs that questioned the American dream, Springsteen and Joel were able to appeal to wide audiences during both the national uncertainty of the 1970s and the triumphalism of the Reagan era. By placing these two New York–area icons in a new context, Bridge and Tunnel Boys allows us to hear their most beloved songs with new appreciation.  

JIM CULLEN teaches at the recently founded upper division of Greenwich Country Day School. His many books include 1980: America’s Pivotal YearBorn in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition; and Those Were the Days: Why "All in the Family" Still Matters, all from Rutgers University Press.

PLEASE NOTE: All books signed at this event must be purchased from Theodore's Books. If you purchase your book in advance of the event, please save your receipt.

Bridge and Tunnel Boys: Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and the Metropolitan Sound of the American Century By Jim Cullen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781978835221
Availability: Available to order. Please call to confirm in store availabiltiy.
Published: Rutgers University Press - October 13th, 2023

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Oyster Bay, NY 11771-0000