The Musical Rehabilitation of the 9/11 Using the Example of the Album „the Rising“ of Bruce Springsteen

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1. Global impacts……………………..……………………………………………………...3

2. The musical rehabilitation of the 9/11 using the example of the album “The Rising” of Bruce Springsteen………………………………………………………………………...4

2.1 Music according to the 9/11…………………………………………………….4
2.1.1 Functions of music…………………………………………………….4
2.1.2 Dealing with emotions………………………………………………...5
2.1.3 Different objectives of the artists……………………………………..6

2.2 “The Rising” of Bruce Springsteen……………………………………………..7
2.2.1 Bruce Springsteen……………………………………………………..7
2.2.2 Interpretation…………………………………………………………...8
2.2.2.1 “Lonesome day”……………………………………………..9
2.2.2.2 “My City of Ruins”…………………………………………..10
2.2.2.3 Comparison…………………………………………………11
2.2.3 Reactions and critics…………………………………………………12

3. Summary and conclusion……………………………………………………………….13

Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………………14

Annex…………………………………………………………………………………...……15

Decleration of Orginality…………………………………………………………………...18

1. Global impacts

„The 9/11, a global trauma!“
When the two Twin Towers got destroyed by two kidnapped planes, not only the USA, but the whole world was shocked. On that day about 3000 people died, and thousands more had and still have to deal with their losses and fears. „After the 9/11 everything has changed – nothing is the way it used to be!“ – you could hear and read this statement everywhere, the whole world was serverly consternated. In the next months after the terrorist attacks, artists from all kinds of genres tried to work through the emotions and fears of the people. Whether movies, pictures or music, everybody tried to find a way to understand this happening and to help to comfort all relevant people. With this work I will try to explain the meaning of music according to the rehabilitation of the 9/11. As well as the 9/11, also music has influence on the whole world. Since humans have existed, music was a big part of life for many various reasons, on the 9/11 as processing the dramatic happening.

But what did people actually have to deal with and how does music handle with the terror attacks from the 9/11, can music influence problems, caused by that catastrophe? This is what this work will be about. Therefore I am first going to talk about the relevance of music and it’s functions. After that I am giving an insight into the different kinds of music, which dealt with the 9/11, and in which way the artist did it. The second part of my main work will be about the album „The Rising“ of Bruce Springsteen. I choose exactly this as an example because it was probably one of the only successful works on the 9/11 considering music.

2. The musical rehabilitation of the 9/11 using the example of the album “The Rising” of Bruce Springsteen

2.1. Music according to the 9/11

2.1.1 Functions of music

Since human have existed there was music. In process of time, more and more music genres arised, each with it’s own mode of expression. There are many different things, which music stands for.
First of all there are the entertaining aspects, which are connected with the second task, to bring people together. But music can be much more, in the past it was used for purposes of propaganda, for example in the Nazi Regime[1]. And with music people also try to come over their problems and can show their feelings in a distance kind of way. Once the French Romantic writer Victor Marie Hugo, living at the beginning of the 19.th century, said:

„Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent“.[2]

We live in a world, where things happening, which you can not always understand and which are hard to deal with. And even if there is sometimes nothing to say, which can make it less hurt or can help to get the pain away. You can not ignore it and...
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