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Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  7 reviews
8 days, five countries, and seven concerts: this was how long-time Springsteen chronicler and veteran Backstreets contributor Caryn Rose spent her summer vacation, running from Paris to Prague to Vienna to London to Dublin, following Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on tour. Were European Springsteen fans that different from their Stateside counterparts? Were the sh ...more
ebook, 130 pages
Published September 16th 2012 by Till Victory Press
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Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not a Springsteen fan, mostly because I didn't grow up listening to him. But Caryn Rose has made me reconsider. First thing I did after I finished reading the book was go on youtube and look up song after song. I'm also not a concert-goer, preferring solitude so the music can engulf me. But she made me want to go queue up right now! It was fun following Glen and Caryn on their European trip and it was even more fun enjoying the concerts with them.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Let me be upfront about this -- I am not a huge Springsteen fan. I actually don't know more than a handful of his songs. But this book spoke to the music fan in me. I appreciate and understand the passion Caryn (and the people she mentions in her book) have for Bruce and concerts. This was a quick and very interesting read. I've never been to a Springsteen show or Europe, but Caryn makes me want to do both.
Kevin Porter
You guys, this book reeeally bummed me out.

Raise Your Hand is written by what sounds like a fairly cranky lady about her and her "traveling partner" (cause rock and roll isn't about marriage or commitment, man) going to Europe to confirm that she was right all along about European fans being different, but NOT better, than American fans. There was some nice moments of color in describing moments of the European shows, but most of the prose, which was sooo basic it was like reading an 11th grade
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2014
Part of me wonders whether a non-Springsteen fan would enjoy Raise Your Hand. When the author mentions a specific song from The Boss’ oeuvre, being familiar with a fair share of his songs from the breadth of his career rather than just the hits is going to influence how well you “get” what is going on. When Rose says, “I never sing Born In The USA back home because I don’t want anyone to think I am one of those people who doesn’t understand what it’s really about, but it feels different doing it ...more
Teemu Toropainen
I'm European Springsteen fan, but could still easily relate to this book and agree with most of the stuff she says in it (I've seen some shows in the US too so I know what she's talking about when she's comparing the audiences). I even saw some of the same shows she did during her tour of Europe. It's good and fast read, but since the subject matter (and possible reading audience) is very limited I can't give a higher rating. I can only recommend this book to hardcore Springsteen fans and for th ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well-written short book which I could really relate to even though I'm a European fan and not an American one.
Alta Cloete
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fantastic read for a Springsteen fan who has also attended some shows in Europe during the Wrecking Ball tour.
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Caryn Rose is a Brooklyn-based writer and photographer who documents rock and roll, baseball and urban life.

From 2006-2011, she authored the groundbreaking blog, covering baseball and the New York Mets. Her first novel, B-sides and Broken Hearts, was published in 2011, followed by the non-fiction work Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan In Europe in September of

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