Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption, from Asbury Park to Magic
In this engaging book, Jeffrey Symynkywicz, a minister and dedicated Springsteen fan, shows us that Bruce Spingsteen's enduring importance stems largely from the rich spiritual themes that run throughout his albums. With a lively and engaging style, Symynkywicz probes each of Springsteen's albums and shows how his music helps make sense of the many threads of our lives, in...more
Just kidding. Obviously, many Springsteen songs repay closer lyrical analysis, and this book is ready to provide. It's light on the personal gossip (marital transition from Julianne Phillips of Lake Oswego, Oregon, to Patti Scialfa of the E Street Band is handled in about a paragraph) and concert reviews and heavy on lyrical analysis. The author is a Unitar...more
I sought this book out because I am an ardent fan of Springsteen, and have always been intrigued by his use of religious imagery, especially from a professed lapsed Catholic.
The book works when it embraces the great lyrics from songs like "The Rising", "The Devil's Arcade", "Spare Parts", "Reason t...more
this Harvard educated Unitarian minister is more than just a man finding spirtual meaning in a rock icon's music. Jeffrey is a Springsteen fan.
The way he chronicles Springsteen's music over the year's in fascinating and chronicles my personal journey through life and Springsteen. the youth trying to find a place in the world, the cynical dis...more