Bruce

Bruce

by Peter Ames Carlin
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Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin

Peter Ames Carlin’s New York Times bestselling biography of one America’s greatest musicians is the first in twenty-five years to be written with the cooperation of Bruce Springsteen himself; “Carlin gets across why Mr. Springsteen has meant so much, for so long, to so many people” (The New York Times).

In Bruce, acclaimed music writer Peter Ames Carlin presents a startlingly intimate and vivid portrait of a rock icon. For more than four decades, Bruce Springsteen has reflected the heart and soul of America with a career that includes twenty Grammy Awards, more than 120 million albums sold, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. Peter Ames Carlin masterfully encompasses the breadth of Springsteen’s astonishing career and explores the inner workings of a man who managed to redefine generations of music.

A must read for fans, Bruce is a meticulously researched, compulsively readable biography of a man laden with family tragedy, a tremendous dedication to his artistry, and an all-consuming passion for fame and influence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439191835
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 504,070
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Peter Ames Carlin has been a senior writer for People, a TV critic for The Oregonian newspaper, and is the author of Catch a Wave and Paul McCartney: A Life. Carlin lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Bruce: The Innocence, the Darkness, the Rising 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have always been a big Boss fan but after reading this very longggggg book, this is what I have realized. Just another entertainer who wags their finger and tongue at all those greedy capitalist and at the same time throws people in and out of his circle without a care how it affected them emotionally or financially. Also the occasional bouts of abuse toward women including physical has left me with a very bad taste in my mouth. I know, I know, he's only human but gee maybe I wish now I didn't know what kind of a human. Genius yes but someone I really admire now? Not anymore. But it was a well written book if a bit too long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected much more from this book, particularly given Carlin's rare access to Bruce and his inner circle; there is little contained within than fans have not already read or heard. Everything starts ok, but once Carlin reaches the "Born in the USA" era the book goes into overdrive and completely blows through the 80s, 90s and 2000s with little more than topical detail. This also borders on fan boy puff piece, barely touching upon the more controversial aspects of Bruce's life. The lengths he went to fail his draft physical (writing that he was a "homo"), for example, are not mentioned, nor is the fact that he was drafted at all except for a cursory sentence in the 80s chapter. Or his decision to go acoustic at the MTV Plugged sessions...that concert and its subsequent album are not even mentioned. Add to this Carlin's misquoting of several of Bruce's lyrics throughout the book, and mosr fans will leave disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where does musical genius originate? From deep within... which is what is seen in this sweeping biographical book. A candid raw look from not only Bruce's perspective but those around him. Fortunately, Bruce wrestling with his own internal demons has given us some of the most prolofic music of our generation. Don't look for a sugar coated bio....the raw honesty is insightful. A 'must' read for any fan.
steve64 More than 1 year ago
A great read that cover enough but doesn't dwell too much on any aspect of his life. A must read for true Bruce fans!
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This was supposed to be a birthday gift for my mom, who adores Bruce Springsteen's music. I just happened to come across it online and bought it immediately; bonus that it was only $2.00 because it was on clearance. I received the book and was disappointed to find out that there is a large sharpie 'slash' across the bottom of the pages. Will it affect the readability of this book? No, of course not. I ordered two other books for myself also from Barnes & Noble's clearance sale and they too had been marked up. So while I haven't read this book, I can say that if you order if past 7/7/16 then be prepared to receive a marked-up copy. It is as if Barnes & Noble is not getting the full profit they originally desired, they feel that you should get a sub-standard version.
bleacherbum99 More than 1 year ago
This is mostly a good, positive look at Bruce. But we do see a side where he can be tough and demanding and would be difficult to work for. But, overall, it's a portrayal of a hard-working guy who worked for everything he earned. A pretty complete look at Bruce, his music and his career.
Jim2E More than 1 year ago
The author does a good job in tracking the life of Bruce, but seem to drag when describing each song in each concert. The story line is good but it does drag in some places. The author also uses some words that I could not find in my diconary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Jersey girl, I was a fan of the Boss, of course, but I was only familiar with his music, not him. After reading this, I feel like I truly know him. Yes, he is not perfect but no one is. He needed to follow his OWN creative process and sometimes he may not have handled it as well as he could have. However, most creative people are tempermental. Look at the Hollywood stars and their tantrums that always make the gossip rags! So yes, I admire Bruce more than ever after reading this. And his eulogy at Clarence Clemons' funeral made me cry. My only problem with this book, and the reason I took away a star, is the author sometimes sounds like a gushing teen age fan. I feel he should have tried to at least sound a little more impartial about his subject.
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As is usually the case, from the "outside" everyone thinks they want to be a rock star or they think they know what it is like. This is great background and sets into place how hard a "job" this is. His total commitment to what he wants produced and how far he is willing to go to get it comes through. Hard to imagine that someone else is going to do another bi-op on this guy and get much new material after you read this!
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Only half way thru the ebook but so far it is interesting. The book drags out alittle during the first 100 pages but it gets better when the author writes about Bruce's writing skills and early album releases. The author portrays Bruce as a perfectionist in his song writing while being the blue jean and t-shirt guy from New jersey. It is a good read so far as the author explains Bruce's torment with his managers. Any the author writes alittle about the history of Bruce's early works and how the songs were born. If you are a Bruce fan, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
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