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Born in the U.S.A.Born in the U.S.A.

The Myths of America in Popular Music from Colonial Times to the Present

Timothy E. Scheurer

Narrated by Gary Roelofs

Available from Audible

Book published by Univerity Press of Mississippi

This is the first study to explore fully the myth of America as reflected in the nation’s popular music. Beginning with the songs of the Pilgrims and continuing through more than two centuries of history and music, Born in the U.S.A. shows the emerging American myth and gives a close reading of the compositions of songwriters as diverse as William Billings, Henry Clay Work, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

So that the full and diverse narrative of this complex nation might be recorded, this insightful study is focused both upon the national myth and upon the songwriters and performers representing subcultures and alternative viewpoints that are the text of America’s story. Through hymnlike paeans and through discordant lamentations protesting the realities of the contemporary workaday world, popular music is an astonishing mirror of American history.

Timothy E. Scheurer is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. He has taught literature and popular culture courses for over 20 years.

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