Reading & Book Launch with James Pettifer

Are you a fan of Bruce Springsteen and/or rock music? If you are, then youll want to come to the book launch and reading at Booklink this coming Friday! BruceSpringsteenThe Bosshas towered over the rock world since he shot to international fame with Born to Run and other classics in the early 1970s.

He has always been an outspoken advocate of his home state of New Jersey, which has produced many stars of stage, screen, and the musical world, and was the backdrop for the global success of the award-winning The Sopranos TV series. In this original narrative of travel and cultural analysis, Oxford historian and author James Pettifer makes his own philosophical journey in which Springsteens music becomes a metaphor for the nature of New Jersey society.

Set within the kaleidoscope of life in the state with its rich and complex history, it takes place in the key year of 2007 with the release of the brilliant Magic album at the height of the Bush administration and against the background of the intensifying Iraq War. In MEET YOU IN ATLANTIC CITY James Pettifer has written a unique cultural history that will appeal to rock fans with its insights into the 2007/8 Magic album tour, the last to include founding E Street Band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons. It is also a guide to the central role of New Jersey in American history generally, where decisive battles in the War of Independence were fought in and near Princeton and its more modern role as a seminal state where the influence of crime and gambling on society that led to the Trump presidency was already visible.