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Heart of Darkness: Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska

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From the nature of the material itself and the history of American folk music which foretold it, to the legacy and influence on later generations of musicians, an exploration of the classic 20th century album that sees its 30th anniversary in 2012
 

In January 1982, Bruce Springsteen recorded a set of demos in his New Jersey bedroom—a follow up to The River, the double album issued in 1980 which had reached the top of the ...

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Overview

From the nature of the material itself and the history of American folk music which foretold it, to the legacy and influence on later generations of musicians, an exploration of the classic 20th century album that sees its 30th anniversary in 2012
 

In January 1982, Bruce Springsteen recorded a set of demos in his New Jersey bedroom—a follow up to The River, the double album issued in 1980 which had reached the top of the Billboard charts. Expectations were grand, and these demo recordings promised an impressive album. However, after a series of sessions with the E Street Band spent working on the material, Springsteen felt these new recordings failed to capture the intimacy of the home demos and made the incredible decision to eschew the expensive, state of the art productions, and release the crude, home recorded version of the album. Almost 30 years later, Nebraska is considered a classic, not only among Springsteen's canon but among the entire body of work recorded during the 20th century. The album captured the public's imagination, reached #3 on the Billboard, and added a new, darker side to Springsteen's public persona. Springsteen's fanbase is awash with rumors that an anniversary edition of Nebraska will include the elusive studio recordings and tracks not included on the original album—to which the author has had access and has discussed here.

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"[A] thorough and incisive new book...If you love a good history lesson pick up David Burke’s new book." —popmatters.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781901447576
  • Publisher: Cherry Red Books
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 1,002,566
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction 1

1 The Discovery Of The People 3

2 American Spirit 9

4 Cry Freedom 17

5 Growin' Up 27

6 Trouble In The Heartland 37

7 The Human Thing 47

8 The Real Badlands 53

9 Frontier Material 61

10 The Sound of Sepia 71

11 Trial And Error 85

12 Working Man Americana 91

13 Street Punk Genius 103

14 Dark Alleys 111

15 Dual Identity 119

16 Clocking In 125

17 State Of The Union 129

18 The Lazarus Effect 137

19 The Finality Of Death 143

20 Carnival Ride 151

21 Soundtrack To Change 157

22 Haunted Road-Poetry 161

Source Notes 195

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