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Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen

Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen

by Christopher Phillips
     
 

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Bruce Springsteen often prefers to let his music do the talking. His onstage stories and shaggy dog tales have long entertained his fans, but his songs and his guitar provide the most direct line to their hearts. Considering his prominence on the rock 'n' roll landscape, Springsteen has spent remarkably little of his 40-year recording career speaking to the press.

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Bruce Springsteen often prefers to let his music do the talking. His onstage stories and shaggy dog tales have long entertained his fans, but his songs and his guitar provide the most direct line to their hearts. Considering his prominence on the rock 'n' roll landscape, Springsteen has spent remarkably little of his 40-year recording career speaking to the press. But when he does decide to sit down and talk, the conversations tend to be momentous. Q&As with Bruce Springsteen reveal an artist with great insight and self-awareness, a student of music, an avid searcher, an astute observer of humanity from the boardwalk to America at large. Much has been written about the Boss, but few can be said to know the man as well as he knows himself, and the best of Springsteen's own words are collected here in Talk About a Dream. Gathering more than 30 different interviews spanning from 1973 to 2013, this volume captures his remarkable personality-one that takes interviews as seriously as making music. These eye-opening conversations chart Springsteen's development as an artist, a thinker, and a public figure, shedding light on everything from the meaning of lyrics to his evolution from rebel rocker to global icon.

Editorial Reviews

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“Chris and Lou have compiled interviews with Bruce that span his entire recording career. In reading them put together in this way, I found it remarkable how it tells the story of a thoughtful and consistently driven artist. A must-read for all serious Bruceaholics.” —Garry Tallent, E Street Band bassist and longtime fan

“From the tentative launch of Greetings from Asbury Park in 1973 to the triumphant Wrecking Ball tour in 2013, Talk About a Dream describes the life of Bruce Springsteen in the inimitable words of the man who knows it best: Bruce Springsteen. In all his glory and bleakness; in his mythologizing and debunking; in his boasts and confessions, authors Phillips and Masur have Springsteen dead to rights.” —Peter Ames Carlin, author of Bruce

“Christopher Phillips and Louis P. Masur have assembled a remarkable collection of interviews. Insightful and entertaining and an absolute must for Springsteen fans.” —June Skinner Sawyers, editor, Racing in the Street The Bruce Springsteen Reader

“Talk About a Dream charts Springsteen's journey from ‘sullen mumbler' to one of the more articulate rock stars, nay cultural commentators, today; and in a manner verging on the definitive.” —Clinton Heylin, author of E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

“No artist has ever been as candid, informative, and entertaining as Bruce is in this wonderful book, Talk About a Dream. As revealing as you could possibly hope. I highly recommend it.” —Nils Lofgren, E Street Band guitarist

“A fascinating addition to the growing shelf of Springsteen studies.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[An] amazing volume. A worthy addition to the Springsteen literary canon.” —Booklist (starred review)

Kirkus Reviews
A career-spanning collection of interviews with The Boss. There is little doubt that Bruce Springsteen is among the most influential and important rockers of all time. The many books about him are only a small measure of his cultural impact. However, while critical and popular opinions about Springsteen's work may change with time, there will always be The Boss' own words about his career. Phillips and Masur (Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union, 2012, etc.), noted Springsteen scholars in their own right, have collected this definitive volume of interviews, even transcribing rare TV and radio broadcasts. The book charts Springsteen's evolution from a withdrawn New Jersey teen playing the local bar circuit to an international rock star. From Springsteen's earliest interview in 1973 with the Asbury Park Evening Press, which described his demeanor as "characteristically sullen," to discussions with major media outlets like Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and 60 Minutes, Springsteen has, above all else, maintained a consistent philosophy of music first, never allowing triviality or ego to take over. He has proved this ethos time and again during his marathon live shows, always remaining honest to the audience, never conforming "to the formula of always giving the audience what it wants." There is much to glean from Springsteen's insights as he talks about his unpleasant upbringing in New Jersey or how, upon seeing Elvis' infamous waist-up performance on Ed Sullivan in his early teens, he decided to dedicate himself to music. While the collection very clearly navigates a narrative of Springsteen's life, it is a narrative already well-known by many and one that Springsteen is content to perpetuate throughout these interviews. As Springsteen admitted to Mojo in 2006, "Trust the art, be suspicious of the artist. He's generally untrustworthy." There is the music, after all. A fascinating addition to the growing shelf of Springsteen studies, probably best read in doses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620400722
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/20/2013
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
727,627
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Phillips has been covering the career of Bruce Springsteen for 20 years as the editor and publisher of Backstreets, the premier Springsteen magazine. He also created and maintains Backstreets.com, the primary web destination for Springsteen fans. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Louis P. Masur is a cultural historian and the author of many books, including Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision. He has appeared on E Street Radio with Dave Marsh and on WFUV with Dennis Elsas, and has written about Springsteen for Slate, Salon, and other publications. He is a professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University, and lives in New Jersey."

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