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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies

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Since the mid-1970s, Bruce Springsteen's concerts and his rapport with audience members have attracted the attention of leading rock music critics. Witnessing the communication between Springsteen and audience members was the purpose of this study. On-site observation was used to explore the techniques that Springsteen uses to communicate with the audience during the concert; A model, previously employed by Deanna and Timothy Sellnow to determine the effects of musical score upon the lyrics of songs recorded in the studio, was utilized with the on-site observation. The model had not been applied to a concert performance before this study; The findings of this study identify the major measures and means Springsteen employs to diminish the distance between performer and members of the audience. The means he implemented are divided into performance aspects and musical aspects of the concert. Some of his strategies have since been emulated by other rock music performers, making this study of Springsteen an important addition to the field of communication by means of music.


Los Angeles; Bruce; California; Concert; Measures; Observation; September; Springsteen

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Mass media; Music; Sociology; Social psychology

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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