Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader

Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader

by June Skinner Sawyers
     
 

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For more than three decades, Bruce Springsteen’s ability to express in words and music the deepest hopes, fears, loves, and sorrows of average Americans has made him a hero to his millions of devoted fans. Racing in the Street is the first comprehensive collection of writings about Springsteen, featuring the most insightful, revealing, famous, andSee more details below

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For more than three decades, Bruce Springsteen’s ability to express in words and music the deepest hopes, fears, loves, and sorrows of average Americans has made him a hero to his millions of devoted fans. Racing in the Street is the first comprehensive collection of writings about Springsteen, featuring the most insightful, revealing, famous, and infamous articles, interviews, reviews, and other writings. This nostalgic journey through the career of a rock-’n’-roll legend chronicles every album and each stage of Springsteen’s career. It’s all here—Dave Marsh’s Rolling Stone review of Springsteen’s ten sold-out Bottom Line shows in 1975 in New York City, Jay Cocks’s and Maureen Orth’s dueling Time and Newsweek cover stories, George Will’s gross misinterpretation of Springsteen’s message on his Born in the USA tour, and Will Percy’s 1999 interview for Double Take, plus much, much more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Thirty years after Springsteen's first album, numerous books have been published about his rise from Bob Dylan-style acoustic folkie to the raging rocker of Born in the U.S.A. and the working-class hero of The Ghost of Tom Joad. But hardcore Springsteen fans-this volume's clear target audience-can't seem to read enough about their hero, and this collection's many fascinating observations should deeply satisfy them. Sawyers (Celtic Music: A Complete Guide) collects a wide range of articles about Springsteen from all stages of his career to show "his enormous facility for growth." Some of the best of these are groundbreaking essays from the 1970s by Peter Knobler of Crawdaddy and the late Lester Bangs of Creem, as well as Time and Newsweek's simultaneous 1975 cover stories after the release of Springsteen's Born to Run. What these articles offer are specific musical descriptions of Springsteen's ability, as noted by Dave Marsh of Rolling Stone, to encapsulate "20 years of rock & roll tradition." However, the bulk of the essays are solely concerned with Springsteen's progression in his lyrics from early descriptions of characters of the "street and boardwalk subcultures" in his native New Jersey to later looks at those characters' lost hopes and dreams. As Sawyers notes in her engaging introduction, Springsteen undertakes "an ongoing exploration, via popular song, of the very heart of the American psyche." (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The recent Bruce Springsteen renaissance has resulted in a spate of books. Among the best is this collection of essays, poems, interviews, reviews, short stories, novel excerpts, poetry, and academic articles written about "the Boss"-from the first major piece in Crawdaddy! magazine in 1973 through articles from 2003. Writer and editor Sawyers (The Greenwich Village Reader) secured writings from the likes of Dave Marsh, Jay Cocks, Lester Bangs, T.C. Boyle, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Nick Hornby. Unfortunately, she couldn't get permission to include the most famous piece of all: a concert review by Springsteen's future manager, Jon Landau, in which he declared that he saw the future of rock'n'roll. However, chunks of it are excerpted enough elsewhere so that its presence is hardly missed. As a bonus, Sawyers includes a time line and extensive lists of Boss-related recordings, films, videos, web sites, and literary influences. The broad scope of this reader underscores how widely Springsteen has influenced our society and culture. Highly recommended as a complement to Dave Marsh's Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts; The Definitive Biography, 1973-2003.-Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440684197
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/06/2004
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
806,780
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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