|Author: Marc Dolan|
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|A vibrant biography of one of the greatest rock ''n'' rollers, the America thatmade him, and the America he made.|
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Smart and incisive,this unique book takes us through Bruce Springsteen's life by tracing thecultural, political, and personal forces that shaped his music. Beyond hisconstant stylistic adaptations, Springsteen developed over the decades fromexpressing the voice of a guy from working-class New Jersey to writing aboutthe larger issues facing the country, including war, class disparity, andprejudice. Marc Dolan draws on a range of new and little-knownsources-including hundreds of unreleased studio recordings and bootlegs of liveperformances-making this an indispensable reference for avid Springsteen fansas well as those interested in learning the stories behind his music. Combiningpolitical analysis, music history, and colorful storytelling, BruceSpringsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll reveals how a gifted, ambitious communitycollege dropout achieved superstardom-and spent decades refining what he wantedhis music to say.
"[The book] endeavors to get to the heart of its subject by viewing him through the economic, social, political, religious and family turmoil that formed a musician who found out early on how to make his guitar talk but spent painful decades refining what he needed to make it say." - Robin Finn 06/03/2012 "[A]n intelligent fan book written by a sophisticated admirer." - Darryl Lorenzo Wellington 06/04/2012 "[H]is approach is at once academic and unapologetically enthusiastic." - Elysa Gardner 06/03/2012