Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader [NOOK Book]


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...
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Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader

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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 Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • File size: 759 KB

Meet the Author

June Skinner Sawyers is an editor and journalist who writes frequently about music and the arts. She is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, for which she wrote a nightlife column for two years, and is the editor of several literary anthologies.

Martin Scorsese entered a seminary in 1956, but then opted to channel his passions into film. He is the acclaimed director of such classic films as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.

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Table of Contents

Racing in the Street The Springsteen Musical Family Tree Foreword by Martin Scorcese Acknowledgments A Note on Selections Chronology
"Newark by the Sea" by Gene Lazo Maps Introduction

Peter Knobler, with Greg Mitchell
Who Is Bruce Springsteen and Why Are We Saying All These Wonderful Things About Him? (Crawdaddy!) Paul Williams
Lost in the Flood John Rockwell
Springsteen's Rock Poetry at Its Best (New York Times) Dave Marsh
Bruce Springsteen: A Rock "Star Is Born" (Rolling Stone) Maureen Orth, Janet Huck, and Peter S. Greenberg
Making of a Rock Star (Newsweek) Jay Cocks
Rock's New Sensation: The Backstreet Phantom of Rock (Time) Lester Bangs
Hot Rod Rumble in the Promised Land (CREEM) Ariel Swartley
The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (from Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island) Dave Marsh
Thunder Road (from Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story)

Robert Hilburn
Out in the Streets (Los Angeles Times) Don McLeese
Abdicating the Rock 'n' Roll Pedestal: Bruce Springsteen Gets Down (Chicago Reader) Greil Marcus
The Next President of the United States (New West) George F. Will
Bruuuuuce T. Coraghessan Boyle
Greasy Lake (from Greasy Lake & Other Stories) Bobbie Ann Mason
from In Country James Wolcott
The Hagiography of Bruce Springsteen (Vanity Fair) Simon Frith
The Real Thing - Bruce Springsteen (from Music for Pleasure) Kevin Major
from Dear Bruce Springsteen Jefferson Morley
Darkness on the Edge of the Shining City: Bruce Springsteen and the End of Reaganism (New Republic) Jack Ridl
Video Mama Andrew M. Greeley
The Catholic Imagination of Bruce Springsteen Robert Santelli
Twenty Years Burning Down the Road: The Complete History of Jersey Shore Rock 'n' Roll (from Backstreets: Springsteen - The Man and His Music) Charles R. Cross
The Promise (Backstreets) Dave Barry
Glory Days (Miami Herald) Elizabeth Wurtzel
from Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America Neil Strauss
Springsteen Looks Back But Keeps Walking On (New York Times) Hope Edelman
Bruce Springsteen and the Story of Us (Iowa Review) Judy Wieder
Bruce Springsteen: The Advocate Interview (The Advocate) Bryan K. Garman
The Ghost of History: Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, and the Hurt Song (Popular Music and Society) Jim Cullen
Tom Joad's Children The Bars of Graceland (from Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition) Tom Perrotta
from The Wishbones Nicholas Dawidoff
The Pop Populist (New York Times Magazine) Mikal Gilmore
Bruce Springsteen's America (from Night Beat: A Shadow History of Rock & Roll) R. C. Ringer
Asbury Park (from Shore Stories: An Anthology of the Jersey Shore) Sheri Tabachnik, Joseph Sapia, and Kelly Jane Cotter
Father of Bruce Springsteen Dies at 73 (Asbury Park Press)

Pellegrino d'Acierno
Roll Over, Rossini: Italian American Rock 'n' Roll After the Long Good-bye: From Frank Zappa to Bruce Springsteen and Madonna (from The Italian American Heritage) Will Percy
Rock and Read: Will Percy Interviews Bruce Springsteen (DoubleTake) Nadine Epstein
Asbury Park, My Hometown (Christian Science Monitor) Frederick Reiken
from The Lost Legends of New Jersey Samuele F. S. Pardini
Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin" (Artvoice) Bob Crane
from A Place to Stand: A Guide to Bruce Springsteen's Sense of Place Nick Hornby
Thunder Road (from Songbook) Colleen Sheehy
Springsteen: Troubadour of the Highway Alan Light
The Missing (The New Yorker) A. O. Scott
The Poet Laureate of 9/11: Apocalypse and Salvation on Springsteen's New Album (Slate) Kevin Coyne
His Hometown (New Jersey Monthly) Eric Alterman
from It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen Christopher Phillips
The Real World

Afterword by Robert Santelli Web Sites Credits Bibliography

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Bruce Springsteen According to Fifty Unique Fans

    "Racing in the Street" is an amazing, interesting, identifiable and factual compilation from fifty well known and lesser known writers who happen to have a unique knowledge about and interest in Bruce Springsteen and his music over the years. The facts and stories help paint the picture that is Bruce - from fifty different perspectives. Each piece sheds light on Bruce and his music during different times in his career to date. The reader not only learns everything you'd want to know about Bruce, but also introduces you to fifty interested and interesting writers and their various viewpoints and writing styles.

    This is a great gift for any Springsteen fan - new or those who have been listening for almost thirty years.

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