Breaking down The Boss: Springsteen symposium at Kelly Writers House

Bruce Springsteen

On Thursday night at the Kelly Writers House in West Philadelphia, University of Penn professors Al Filreis, Greg Djanikian and Anthony DeCurtis will lead their second annual song symposium - last year, they did Bob Dylan - and publicly analyze the work of Bruce Springsteen.

Ten Springsteen speakers will share their thoughts on one song each. Along with Filreis ("Land Of Hope and Dreams"), Djanikian ("Born in the U.S.A.") and Rolling Stone's DeCurtis ("Tunnel Of Love"), other analysts will include Dan Sheehan, who will sing as well as talk about "Matamoros Banks" (frm Devils & Dust), New York Times music writer Nate Chinen, who takes on "The Promise," and photographer Zoe Strauss, who's going to break down "Youngstown."

It's an early show that gets rolling at 6 at the Arts Cafe at Kelly Writers House at 3805 Locust Walk on the Penn campus. It's free. A particularly good acoustic version of "Youngstown" recorded in 1996 is below.

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