Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters

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Offering fans an extensive look at the artist’s own words throughout the past four decades, Springsteen on Springsteen brings together Q&A–formatted articles, speeches, and features that incorporate significant interview material. No one is better qualified to talk about Springsteen than the man himself, and he’s often as articulate and provocative in interviews and speeches as he is emotive onstage and in recordings. While many rock artists seem to suffer through interviews, Springsteen has welcomed ...

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Overview

Offering fans an extensive look at the artist’s own words throughout the past four decades, Springsteen on Springsteen brings together Q&A–formatted articles, speeches, and features that incorporate significant interview material. No one is better qualified to talk about Springsteen than the man himself, and he’s often as articulate and provocative in interviews and speeches as he is emotive onstage and in recordings. While many rock artists seem to suffer through interviews, Springsteen has welcomed them as an opportunity to speak openly, thoughtfully, and in great detail about his music and life. This volume starts with his humble beginnings in 1973 as a struggling artist and follows him up to the present, as Springsteen has achieved almost unimaginable wealth and worldwide fame. Included are feature interviews with well-known media figures, including Charlie Rose, Ted Koppel, Brian Williams, Nick Hornby, and Ed Norton. Fans will also discover hidden gems from small and international outlets, in addition to radio and TV interviews that have not previously appeared in print. This collection is a must-have for any Springsteen fan.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A remarkable journey across the arc of a singular career—sometimes harrowing, ultimately heroic, revealing a tremendous strength of character as the Boss stayed true to his ideals, even in the face of what he calls ‘catastrophic success.’ A great read about a genuine American hero. If you’re hungry to learn about the true soul of this remarkable man, look no further: it’s all here.” —Paul Zollo, author of Songwriters on Songwriting

“Bruce Springsteen has been interviewed around the world on radio and television and by newspapers, fanzines, and general-interest and music magazines. Many of his most engrossing conversations are housed in this book. Fans should welcome this valuable collection. I know I do.” —Harvey Kubernik, author of Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon

“A great collection. The only other way to experience this much of Springsteen’s ‘voice’ is to see him in concert.” —Patrick Harbron, longtime Springsteen photographer

“…This collection—which compiles an extensive number of interviews and encounters with Springsteen dating back to 1973—is a great illustration of how, when the appropriate subject is chosen, no one on earth can say it better than [than Bruce] himself. … Impressively thorough … and highly recommended.”—Rolling Stone

"This book is a must for any Springsteen lover as it has so much – not only a wide range of interviews in all media , here and overseas, but a collection of beautiful speeches written and delivered by the Boss over the years. Journalist-author Jeff Burger’s love of the subject comes across in this vast profusion of unexpected material he’s discovered, allowing the reader to view Springsteen from many angles, and over the decades."—Paul Zollo for American Songwriter

"Don't get me wrong, Springsteen on Springsteen is definitely geared toward someone who already knows the finer points of the life and music of Bruce Springsteen. But it is definitely worth making room for on the Boss Bookshelf."—Bob Ruggiero for the Houston Press

"Not many books go this in-depth when it comes to collecting the words said off the stage by a major celebrity musician.  Burger does just that.  He has collected a treasure trove of Springsteen in the public eye, speaking his mind and, as usual with Bruce, he bares his soul, putting it all out there for all too see.  This is a good read."—Classic Rock Revisited

"But what overall makes Springsteen on Springsteen a fun read despite its potentially academic or historical air is the focus Burger spent on selecting pieces where Springsteen does the talking. This offers the reader an opportunity to see forty years of Springsteen through his voice, though this time the speaking one rather than the singing."—Guitar Digest

From the Publisher

“A remarkable journey across the arc of a singular career—sometimes harrowing, ultimately heroic, revealing a tremendous strength of character as the Boss stayed true to his ideals, even in the face of what he calls ‘catastrophic success.’ A great read about a genuine American hero. If you’re hungry to learn about the true soul of this remarkable man, look no further: it’s all here.” —Paul Zollo, author of Songwriters on Songwriting

“Bruce Springsteen has been interviewed around the world on radio and television and by newspapers, fanzines, and general-interest and music magazines. Many of his most engrossing conversations are housed in this book. Fans should welcome this valuable collection. I know I do.” —Harvey Kubernik, author of Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon

“A great collection. The only other way to experience this much of Springsteen’s ‘voice’ is to see him in concert.” —Patrick Harbron, longtime Springsteen photographer

“…This collection—which compiles an extensive number of interviews and encounters with Springsteen dating back to 1973—is a great illustration of how, when the appropriate subject is chosen, no one on earth can say it better than [than Bruce] himself. … Impressively thorough … and highly recommended.”—Rolling Stone

"This book is a must for any Springsteen lover as it has so much – not only a wide range of interviews in all media , here and overseas, but a collection of beautiful speeches written and delivered by the Boss over the years. Journalist-author Jeff Burger’s love of the subject comes across in this vast profusion of unexpected material he’s discovered, allowing the reader to view Springsteen from many angles, and over the decades."—Paul Zollo for American Songwriter

"Don't get me wrong, Springsteen on Springsteen is definitely geared toward someone who already knows the finer points of the life and music of Bruce Springsteen. But it is definitely worth making room for on the Boss Bookshelf."—Bob Ruggiero for the Houston Press

"Not many books go this in-depth when it comes to collecting the words said off the stage by a major celebrity musician.  Burger does just that.  He has collected a treasure trove of Springsteen in the public eye, speaking his mind and, as usual with Bruce, he bares his soul, putting it all out there for all too see.  This is a good read."—Classic Rock Revisited

"But what overall makes Springsteen on Springsteen a fun read despite its potentially academic or historical air is the focus Burger spent on selecting pieces where Springsteen does the talking. This offers the reader an opportunity to see forty years of Springsteen through his voice, though this time the speaking one rather than the singing."—Guitar Digest

Publishers Weekly
Journalist Burger sticks to the primary source in this engaging collection of interviews and speeches, and an interesting new kind of biography of singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen emerges. Materials from every stage of the Boss's career, from his early successes of the '70s to his much more recent status as an elder statesman of pop music, allow the book to show the reader something that a more traditional biography could not typically accomplish: capturing Springsteen's hopes, worries, artistic processes, and state of mind at the precise moments of certain life changes— including the sudden, unimaginable success of Born to Run and the death of his friend and bandmate Clarence Clemons—in a way that cannot be colored by our 40 years of hindsight. Fortunately, Burger, having picked such an articulate subject, offers just the right amount of context to open each piece, and for the most part lets the multiple past versions of Springsteen do the talking. This book functions as a fun and light read, but is still a boon to any serious Springsteen scholar. It is especially recommended to any aspiring and casual fans too young to remember the impact the Boss had on the 1970s. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556525445
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Musicians in Their Own Words Series
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 712,285
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Burger is the author of published articles in more than 75 magazines and newspapers, including Barron’s, Family Circle, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Golfweek, High Fidelity, the Los Angeles Times, and Reader’s Digest. He has also edited several major professional and financial magazines.

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