Bruce Springsteen FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Boss

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(FAQ). Long before he sold 120 million albums globally in a career that has endured artistically and commercially like no other performer's in the rock era, Bruce Springsteen was a working-class New Jersey kid with a dream and a guitar. By the time he was 16, he was playing ShopRite openings and school dances around his hometown of Freehold. For many, high school is where the garage-band dreams die, but time spent fronting a band called Steel Mill in the heyday of Asbury Park's Upstage scene gave him the courage to sidestep college and put his

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Overview

(FAQ). Long before he sold 120 million albums globally in a career that has endured artistically and commercially like no other performer's in the rock era, Bruce Springsteen was a working-class New Jersey kid with a dream and a guitar. By the time he was 16, he was playing ShopRite openings and school dances around his hometown of Freehold. For many, high school is where the garage-band dreams die, but time spent fronting a band called Steel Mill in the heyday of Asbury Park's Upstage scene gave him the courage to sidestep college and put his name out in front, soon enough making him "The Boss" to his band. After five more years spent working diligently on that dream, Springsteen had landed the dueling Time and Newsweek covers that made him an instant household name on the strength of his album Born to Run . Bruce Springsteen FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Boss investigates Springsteen's superstar Born in the U.S.A. album and tour, the dissolution and reunion of the E Street Band, the legal wrangling that held up 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town , the group's postmillennium resurgence, the untimely passing of core band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons, and more. This indispensible read, packed with countless images of rare memorabilia, is a volume Springsteen fans will treasure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617130939
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 941,431
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Yorn in the U.S.A. ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Baby, I'm a Rocker xiii

1 I Was Born Blue and Weathered: Springsteen's Childhood 1

2 I Hear the Lead Singer Shoutin' Out, Girl: 1965-1968 13

3 I Wanna be Where the Bands are: 1968-1970 34

4 Cut Loose Like a Deuce: 1971-1972 52

5 The Record Company, Rosie, Just Offered me a Big Advance: Signing to Columbia Records 67

6 Just Like a Supernova: Greetings from Asbury Part, N. J. 73

7 The Aurora Is Risin' Behind Us: The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle 86

8 I Wanna Be a Slave to the Beat: Artists Springsteen Opened For 101

9 Out on a Midnight Run: After The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle 109

10 Will You Walk with Me out on the Wire? Meeting Jon Landau 117

11 Monday When the Foreman Calls Time: The Boss 123

12 And the Band Played: The E Street Band 124

13 Pulling out of Here to Win: Born to Run 149

14 Runaway American Dream: Springsteen Versus Appel 174

15 I Got the Radio on and I'm Just Killing Time: 1976-1977 184

16 We Drove Eight Hundred Miles Without Seeing a Cop: Bruce Stories 195

17 Tonight I'll be on that Hill' Cause I Can't Stop: Darkness on the Edge of Town 199

18 You've Got to Live it Every Day: Springsteen's 1978 Tour 214

19 We're Runnin' Now, but Darlin' Will We Stand in Time? The River 222

20 Ten Years Burning Down This Road: Springsteen Tours 1980-1989 238

21 Maybe Everything That Dies Someday Comes back: Nebraska 254

22 I'm Ready to Grow Young Again: Born in the U.S.A. 261

23 What I Got I Have Earned: Live/1975-85 274

24 All the Kids are Dancin': Springsteen's Other Concert Albums 279

25 Spare Parts and Broken Hearts Keep the World Turnin' Around: Tunnel of Love 282

26 Cuddle Up: Springsteen's Girlfriends and Wives 289

27 Waitin' for That Shout from the Crowd: A Dozen Indispensable New Jersey Springsteen Shows 292

28 In the Dumps with the Mumps as the Adolescent Pumps His Way into His Hat: Debacles, Dangers, Controversies, and Embarrassments 298

29 When It Comes to Luck, You Make Your Own: Human Touch and Lucky Town 309

30 Saw My Reflection in a Window: Springsteen's "Best of" Compliations 314

31 The Highway is Alive Tonight: The Ghost of Tom Joad 319

32 You Ain't Lived till You've Had Your Tires Rotated: Springsteen's '90s Tours 324

33 Somebody Shake My Brains: Tracks 331

34 Rockaway the Nights: Roll Call at the Rock Hall 336

35 I Close My Eyes and Feel So Many Friends Around me: The Reunion Tour 338

36 There's Spirits Above and Behind Me: The Rising 343

37 You Can't Forsake the Ties that Bind: Benefit Shows, Charities, and Causes 351

38 I Feel a Dirty Wind Blowing: Devils and Dust 362

39 Brothers and Sisters Don't You Cry, There'll be Good Times By and By: The Seeger Sessions 365

40 Is There Anybody Alive out There? Magic 367

41 Sunrise Come, I Climb the Ladder: Working on a Dream 372

42 Your Loving Grace Surrounds Me: On the Road from The Rising to the Wrecking Ball 376

43 Cool Rocking Daddy: Family Life 393

44 Till My TV Lay in Pieces There at My Feet: The Best of the Boss on Television 396

45 I Believe in the Promised Land: Politics 402

46 Lookin' for That Million-Dollar Sound: The Promise 406

47 Tell Me Friend, Can You Ask for Anything More? Significant Honors and Awards 409

48 Wherever This Flag is Flown: Wrecking Ball 411

Selected Bibliography 415

Index 419

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