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Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
"In Runaway Dream, Louis P. Masur dissects the making of the albumand the legacy it has left behind with the meticulous eye of a scholar and the unabashed affection of a true fan." --Associated Press

To millions of listeners, Born to Run is much more than an album--it's a poetic explosion of the freedom and frustration of youth. The album made Springsteen a megastar, and co
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Bloomsbury Press (first published September 1st 2009)
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Enrico Della pietra
well done book, especially for Springsteen fans. deep research on the most famous Springsteen album, with a lot of details and many anecdotes
jeremy
Mar 21, 2016 jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, memoir-bio
there is no shortage of books about bruce springsteen and his music. most offer the requisite biographical account and discographical summation. while any dedicated reader of these books will likely encounter the same anecdotes, recording recaps, and a (deserved) appreciation of springsteen’s enormous cultural and musical influence, there are always gems to be unearthed and new details to discover. louis masur’s runaway dream focuses on springsteen’s third studio album, born to run, released to ...more
Richard
Nov 07, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bruuuuuce!

The author does a good job of explaining why fans love Springsteen, verbalizing in a succinct manner all the wonderfully joyous feelings of freedom the Born to Run album inspires.

A good portion of this slim work details the nuts and bolts making of Springsteen's important set of songs. The intense studio pressure to produce a hit commercial product resulted in a long drawn-out process in the studio where Springsteen's perfectionism reached maddening heights.

Later sections offer a nice
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Robert
May 16, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Born To Run was the make it or break it point for Bruce and the E Street boys. With two albums out that were a commercial flop,Bruce and the band needed to make that connection to the people or it was over. This book tells that story and much more. Needless to say Born To Run was a huge success and Bruce continues to put out some great music. Sadly the E Street band has long since broken up and with the loss of the big man could never really be the same. Born To Run can and should be listened to ...more
Jenn
Sep 05, 2009 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small, quick read, and feels a little like a dissertation. The book gives a bit of historical background to the creation of the album, but was a little bit repetitive in the later chapters. If you do not own Born to Run, you must buy it before you read this book. (you should own it anyway, really, come on). The book did inspire me to listen to Born to Run about 10 times while reading it, that alone makes it worth it.

I am not sure how the author ties in to Springsteen's "American Vision" but it
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Jessica
Oct 06, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AWESOME!!!! Thats all I have to say ;o) This is obviously a book that a Bruce Springsteen fan would read and I thought it was very nicely written and this is the first biography i have read and i now think i would really like to read another! And this book wasnt all about Bruce and his life it was also about interpreting his songs/music and it was really nice to read what some of his songs meant and their hidden meanings! Very good! They covered mainly the songs from his Born to Run album...i ho ...more
Ed Smith
Nov 07, 2009 Ed Smith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good look a what Springsteen was doing in 1975. How he
set up the album, his concern for a "big hit record" and
how his first 2 LPs did not really sell for Columbia
Records but Columbia kept him on the label.
This one Born to Run album put him on the hit charts & still
now 34 years later people still listen to it.
A nice writing job by writer Masur and the author uses Bruce's interview in detail. Bruce's own words to this fine labor of love
of a book. There are many Bruce books out there, so y
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Hubert
Sep 22, 2015 Hubert rated it really liked it
A strong introduction to the conception, execution, and analysis of--and response to--a classic rock album. Some of the analysis gets mired in textual analytical detail (especially the chapter on songs); some of the discussion of the thematic elements is too repetitive; but overall it is a good introduction to Springsteen. The chapter on the "geography" of the songs is particularly enlightening.
Jeff Crosby
Dec 04, 2012 Jeff Crosby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short but strong exploration of Springsteen's breakthrough, mid-70s classic "Born to Run," with a brief biographical portrait of his early life in New Jersey forming the first chapter. An excellent read for those who know and love the LP and remember the mark it made in 1975.
Stacy Bearse
Mar 20, 2012 Stacy Bearse rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Read this book the same week I saw Springsteen in concert. What a rush! The 3-hour concert was another incredible experience. It was like going through accelerated group therapy with 20,000 like-minded people. Masur's excellent book explains why Bruce's words, music and ideals never get old.
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Jun 15, 2010 Evan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great!
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