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In this essay, I discuss Springsteen's criminals by focusing on two albums, Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad, and Springsteen's title song to the movie soundtrack Dead Man Walking. These are classic albums about criminals and prisoners, and "Dead Man Walkin’" may be one of the best songs ever written about being on death row. Before getting into the music, I first note the historical context - Springsteen's career has taken place during a particularly hostile time for lawbreakers - and offer a brief biographical sketch of Springsteen.

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14 Widener L.J. 787-835 (2005)