June Skinner Sawyers - "Long Walk Home" - Bucky Halker

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
June Skinner Sawyers

Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen at 70 offers a comprehensive, timely overview of Springsteen’s life and work. The eminently qualified essayists in Sawyers and Cohen’s anthology astutely address Springsteen’s achievement in terms of the artist’s evolving legacy, with a valuable accent upon exploring his lasting contributions to twentieth- and twenty-first- century popular music and culture.”––Kenneth Womack, author of Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles


June Skinner Sawyers discusses Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen at 70. She will be joined by Bucky Halker, who will perform his own unique renditions of Springsteen songs. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.


At 57th Street Books


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About the book: Released on the occasion of Bruce Springsteen’s seventieth birthday, Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen offers the first exploration of the legacy of a musical and cultural icon. This collection features essays from musicians, authors, academics, and music critics, all of whom answered a seemingly simple question: “Why Springsteen?” Each contributor considered what attracted—and continues to attract—them to Springsteen and the ways they have been moved, shaped, and challenged by his music. Rather than another biographical survey of Springsteen’s legendary career, Long Walk Home studies how Springsteen has influenced American and international culture over the last fifty years and how fans have incorporated his music into their lives. The collection features a range of essays and readers will: find new stories about Springsteen from those who have worked with him, learn about his place in the canon of American singer-songwriters, and see themselves reflected in personal stories of growth up with Springsteen’s music. Springsteen’s work has meant lots of things to lots of different fans. These essays offer insight into how members of Springsteen’s audience have incorporated his music into their lives as well as how his work has shaped the arts over the last four decades. Long Walk Home offers the first assessment of Springsteen’s legacy, and it provides a new perspective on one of rock’s biggest and most important icons.


About the author: Born in Glasgow, Scotland, June Skinner Sawyers has written and lectured extensively on Bruce Springsteen. Her books include Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (Penguin, 2004), Tougher than the Rest: 100 Best Bruce Springsteen Songs (Omnibus, 2006), and the e-book, Workingman: The Faith-Based Politics of Bruce Springsteen (Now and Then Reader, 2014). She appears in the documentary Bruce Springsteen Under Review 1978–1982: Tales of the Working Man (Chrome Dreams, 2007). Her essays “Endlessly Seeking: Bruce Springsteen and Walker Percy’s Quest for Possibility among the Ordinary” appears in Reading the Boss: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen (Lexington Books, 2010), edited by Roxanne Harde and Irwin Streight and “Weeping Willows and Long Black Veils: The Country Roots of Rosanne Cash, from Scotland to Tennessee” in Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture (Lexington Books, 2013), edited by Thomas Alan Holmes and Roxanne Harde. Her other books include Cabaret FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the Broadway and Cinema Classic (Applause Books, 2017), Bob Dylan New York (Roaring Forties Press, 2011), 10 Songs That Changed the World (Pier 9/Murdoch Books, 2009), Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and Why They Still Matter (Penguin, 2006), and Celtic Music (Da Capo Press, 2001). Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Stagebill, Scottish Tradition, the Common Review, and Third Coast Review, among other publications. She teaches humanities courses at the Newberry Library in Chicago.


About the interlocutor: Bucky Halker is a musician and historian with 15 albums to his credit, including “Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill” (2015), honoring martyred Swedish labor songster Hill, “The Ghost of Woody Guthrie” (2012), an original music tribute to Guthrie, and “Welcome to Labor Land,” featuring renditions of historic labor protest songs from Illinois. Halker, a Ph.D. in labor history, is the author of For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-1895 (University of Illinois Press) and the producer-scholar for the Folksongs of Illinois CD series, vols. 1-5. He has received numerous awards, including the Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center (Library of Congress) in 2012. He served as guest professor of American Studies Carl von Ossietzky University-Germany in 2016.


Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago , IL 60637