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Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll
by Marc Dolan

Overview - Smart and incisive, this unique book takes us through Bruce Springsteen s life by tracing the cultural, political, and personal forces that shaped his music. Beyond his constant stylistic adaptations, Springsteen developed over the decades from expressing the voice of a guy from working-class New Jersey to writing about the larger issues facing the country, including war, class disparity, and prejudice.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Smart and incisive, this unique book takes us through Bruce Springsteen s life by tracing the cultural, political, and personal forces that shaped his music. Beyond his constant stylistic adaptations, Springsteen developed over the decades from expressing the voice of a guy from working-class New Jersey to writing about the larger issues facing the country, including war, class disparity, and prejudice. Marc Dolan draws on a range of new and little-known sources including hundreds of unreleased studio recordings and bootlegs of live performances making this an indispensable reference for avid Springsteen fans as well as those interested in learning the stories behind his music. Combining political analysis, music history, and colorful storytelling, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock n Roll reveals how a gifted, ambitious community college dropout achieved superstardom and spent decades refining what he wanted his music to say."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393081350
  • ISBN-10: 0393081354
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: June 2012
  • Page Count: 528


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Composers & Musicians - General
Books > Music > Genres & Styles - Rock

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-04-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

Since his early days playing in garages and clubs in New Jersey and New York, Springsteen nurtured a rock and roll heart, pouring out his passion into power ballads, driving anthems, and mesmerizing riffs about social issues. Like a good rocker, Dolan relies on three chords and a beat to propel a straightforward story of Springsteen’s life in rock ’n’ roll and the ways that Springsteen’s music has shaped and been shaped by the history of our times. In an appreciative study that at times verges on the academic, Dolan traces Springsteen’s journey through a song-by-song and album-by-album development. Springsteen’s journey down thunder road to his glory days started on Christmas 1964, when his mother bought him an electric guitar and an amp, and he began practicing harder than ever to capture the energy and driving sound of the Beatles. Although many of his songs were covertly autobiographical, what made Springsteen’s songs “personal” was not so much their specific autobiographical detail or insights as the vision that they communicated of the observed world. As Dolan astutely points out, Springsteen’s music has captured places and times from the defaulting of Manhattan in the 1970s to the culturally estranged home front of the Second Gulf War, and has tried to appeal to the broadest possible audience. (June)

 
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