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Runaway American Dream: Listening to Bruce Springsteen

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Over the course of a career now in its fourth decade, Bruce Springsteen has earned one of the most passionate, devoted followings in all rock ’n’ roll. He’s selling more records and concert tickets in his fifties than he sold in his twenties. Yet to many fans he remains an enigma. How has Springsteen produced such a consistent body of work and retained his currency while o ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published June 14th 2005)
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The Springsteen book that's about everything but Springsteen. Puts everything about the Boss into the cultural supercontext from which it came; where else are you going to get a "Born in the U.S.A." chapter that spends more time talking about the Mekons than it does the Boss?
Kevin Summers
Sample quote: “The rock ‘n’ roll era ended some time between the release of Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Ragged Glory and the death of Kurt Cobain, roughly around the same time ‘hot topic’ changed from something exciting to talk about to the name of a retail chain in shopping malls that specialized in goth and metal fashion. When someone in purple hair, covered with tattoos and sporting a safety-pin-pierced cheek smiles at you in a Hot Topic store and asks, ‘How may I help you, sir?”, the co-opt ...more
Remember that old wooden roller coaster at the amusement park? You are all excited to get on it until you actually got on it. And then it clanked and rattled up that first big hill and you were wondering just what the hell you were thinking in the first place. As the coaster crested the hill you could see the track and even though you were scared you knew this was going to be fun. After tearing around the track, at times terrifying and others fun, you coast to a stop relieved that it is over. Th ...more
this is officially the best book I've read about Springsteen. Reading "RAD" has made we want to sit down and listen with different ears to some of Springsteen and the E Street Band's stuff--he points out so much nuance and craftsmanship in the music and lyrics. He also writes as a fan
1) who isn't so in awe of Bruce that he can't speak honestly and critically
2) who has really spent time with Springsteen's music and can therefore speak with an assured voice
3) who is not remotely interested in ha
Peter Cimino
I do not like writing negative things about books - but this one was just not for me.
A great insight on the birth and recording of his most iconic albums. An insiders view on certain happenings that lead to the creation of some of the greatest songs and albums of all time. A classic for music lovers of all kinds who like to read about how a music genius finds creativity and inspiration in places and is able to put it all together with band mates to make amazing music.
Quite the excellent overview of Springsteen's career from the early days up through the Rising.
Great critical writing; witty and enlightening without succumbing to fanboy status. Obviously well read/listened and someone who "got" Bruce.
I enjoyed this one a lot and would recommend this to the astute BS fan.
You'll be glad you read it!
Docked one star for no pics.
You have to come into this book already a Bruce fan, but it's wonderful. Lots of little-known stories and much more textual analysis than I expected. Plus several controversial opinions of songs and albums, just to keep things spicy.
Started off pretty unoriginal. I guess it ended pretty unoriginal, too. But I liked what he wrote about the 1992 albums. It was interesting to read in light of all that He's done since 2005.
Matt Springer
A great Springsteen book that takes a critical approach, exploring themes and theories about the guy's music that were occasionally nutty, sometimes transcendent, always interesting.
It reminds me of listening to my autistic son reel off dates things happened. I was hoping to find out more about what Bruce Springsteen is like.
Best book I've read yet on Springsteen from a devoted fan who's also willing to criticize his false moves.
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