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Tougher Than the Rest: 100 Best Bruce Springsteen Songs

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Simply put, Bruce Springsteen is the storyteller of our generation. Tougher Than the Rest discusses the best of Springsteen??'s vast body of work, from Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ to Devils & Dust.
Paperback, 286 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Omnibus Press
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Thunderroad
Feb 12, 2009 Thunderroad rated it it was ok
June Sawyers excursion is an often amateurish insight into the monumental work of one of the greatest songwriters in rock history. It features only very few interesting and inspiring moments. Furthermore, the "essays", or rather the comments on the songs are hardly useable, which is mostly due to the sometimes shockingly simplistic and downright false statements. Best example is Sawyers judgment on Springsteens "Cadillac Ranch", describing it as "pure rowdy-fun".

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Dan
Aug 17, 2007 Dan rated it really liked it
The author does a good job culling information from interviews and other books and biographies of Bruce Springsteen to produce this book that evaluates certain key songs in the context of Bruce's overall career and rock music and society at large. Although I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who wasn't already a fan, and I vehemently disagree with her assessment of some of Bruce's songs (I don't know how anyone can think so highly of that irredeemable piece of garbage The Ghost of Tom Joad) ...more
Desiree Koh
Mar 20, 2007 Desiree Koh rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who love Him
Shelves: brucejuice
What a horribly written book -- how do you write about His songs by paraphrasing the lyrics? However, much as I cringed at almost every line, it re-awakened something in me... I now suffer from the Bruce Blues and cannot wait for the next album and tour. I have also been fervently listening to "Nebraska" and side two of "The River." Save me, somebody!!!
Eugenio Chahin
Feb 03, 2010 Eugenio Chahin rated it really liked it
Good insight on the themes and pathos of some of the songs. But also dull/obvious descriptions of other ones. A good personal insight on Springsteen's work anyway, worth tracking down for hardcore fans.
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Jan 04, 2015 Jose Manuel Vera rated it really liked it
Leido en la versión en Castellano de la editorial Ma Non Troppo. Excelente guía por los entresijos y las historias de una extensa selección de canciones. Puedes discrepar en la selección, pero los análisis y las referencias son apabullantes.
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His songs touch people's hearts and minds. Simply put, he is the storyteller of our generation.
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Born in Glasgow, Scotland, June Skinner Sawyers is the author or editor of more than twenty books, many with a Celtic theme, including Celtic Music; Dreams of Elsewhere: The Selected Travel Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson; Praying with Celtic Saints, Prophets, Martyrs, and Poets; The Road North: 300 Years of Classic Scottish Travel Writing; and The Scots of Chicago: Quiet Immigrants and Their N ...more
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