Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Bruce, by Peter Ames Carlin

(hb; 2012: biography)


From the inside flap:

"For more than four decades, Bruce Springsteen has reflected the heart and soul of America with a career that includes twenty Grammy Awards, more than 120 million albums sold, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award.  He has also become an influential voice in American culture and politics, inspiring President Barack Obama to admit: 'I'm the president, but he's the Boss.'

"Built from years of research and unparalleled access to its subject and his inner circle, Bruce presents the most revealing account yet of a man laden with family tragedy, a tremendous dedication to his artistry, and an all-consuming passion for fame and influence.  With this book, the E Street Band members finally bare their feelings about their abrupt dismissal in 1989, and how Springsteen's ambivalence nearly capsized their 1999 reunion.  Carlin. . . traces Springsteen's often harrowing personal life: from his lower working-class childhood in Freehold, New Jersey, through his stubborn climb to fame and tangled romantic life, and finally to his quest to conquer the demons that nearly destroyed his father."


Review:

Bruce is an excellent, hard-to-set down biography about an extraordinary man/musician, warts and all.

This is a must-own for any Springsteen fan, as well as one of the best rock bios I've read in a long while.

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