E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Bandby Clinton Heylin, Dan Miller (Narrated by)
Before he was the swaggering, stadium-packing megastar, Bruce Springsteen was a brooding introvert, desperate to strike a balance between his nuanced songwriting and the heft of his backing band. Clinton Heylin's revelatory biography, E Street Shuffle, chronicles the evolution and influence of Springsteen's E Street Band as they rose from blue-collar New Jersey to the heights of rock stardom. The band's players—most notably saxophonist Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, guitarist "Little" Stevie Van Zandt, and drummer Max Weinberg—became Springsteen's comrades in concert, helping him find the elusive sound and sonic punch that highlighted The Boss's most creative period, including Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born to Run, and Born in the USA. Fans will also learn another side of Springsteen, one punctuated with his clashes with studio executives seeking a commercially viable, radio-friendly album, and his temporary disbanding of the E Street Band to pursue projects like the eerie acoustic of Nebraska. Coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of Springsteen's debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, drawing on interviews and access to new recordings and shows, Heylin paints a bold picture of The Boss.
- Tantor Media, Inc.
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- Library - Unabridged CD
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- 6.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Meet the Author
Clinton Heylin is the author of several books about popular music and entertainment, including Bob Dylan, Revolution in the Air, All the Mad Men, and No More Sad Refrains.
Dan John Miller has earned multiple Audie Award nominations, winning for The Wrecking Crew by Kent Hartman; has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine; and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards.
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Don't buy this book!! I was looking forward to it because Heylin has written a great biography of Dylan ( Behind the Shades), but this book he seems to be pushing an agenda. I can sum the book up thusly: "Bruce takes too long to make albums, over thinks the songs and reworks them too much And then leaves the best ones off of the released album." There, I just saved you 382 pages of reading. Read the book " Bruce" by Peter Ames Carlin instead. That book is well researched and offers new information that is unbiased.
Darkness -vs- Glory days! This book just delves into the BUSINESS of the music. If you are looking to read about the relationships among band members, forgetaboutit! What is each individual song about and how did it relate to each album. Maybe too much for some. Could have been edited better. Still - LOTS to learn here!
Totally agree with Dave from Buffalo. What a disappointment. The Carlin book was 5-star and this was just awful. I was also expecting, based on the name and cover shot, more about Bruce & his relationship with the band members. But this was nothing of the sort. Steer clear Bruce fans.