Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision

Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision

by Louis P. Masur


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A rich history of Springsteen's greatest album, celebrating its themes of youth, escape, and possibility, just in time for the Boss's sixtieth birthday.

To millions of listeners, Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run is much more than a rock-and-roll album—it's a poetic explosion of freedom and frustration. It confirmed Springsteen's status as a quintessential American performer: the rocker who, more than any other, gives voice to our hopes, fears, and aspirations. Runaway Dream chronicles the making of the album that launched Springsteen and his E Street Band into the firmament of American art, deftly sketching the ambition, history, and personalities that combined to create the enduring Born to Run.

Springsteen wanted Born to Run to be the greatest rock record ever made. For a musician with just two modest-selling LPs to his credit, it was an extraordinary ambition, and session by session, track by track, Masur shows just how much grit, as well as genius, went into realizing it. Runaway Dream offers an expert tour of the trials and triumphs of Springsteen's work. In addition to the story of the album itself, Masur masterfully places Born to Run within American cultural history, showing why the girls, hot rods, and Jersey nights of the album still resonate, even for listeners born years after its release.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596916920
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Louis P . Masur is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American Institutions and Values at Trinity College in Hartford. Married with two children, he divides his time between Hartford and Highland Park, New Jersey. His previous books include The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, 1831: Year of Eclipse, and Autumn Glory: Baseball's First World Series.

Table of Contents

Setting Up 1

Sound Check: "The Screen Door Slams" 6

1 Before Born To Run 17

2 The Making Of Born To Run 40

3 The Songs Of Born To Run 64

4 The Geography of Born To Run 97

5 The Reception of Born To Run 119

6 Born To Run Thirty Years On 147

Encore: "What Else Can We Do Now?" 184

A Q&A With Greil Marcus 201

Acknowledgments 209

Notes 213

Selected Bibliography 239

Lyric Credits 241

Index 243

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skip this result. They mixed it in.
old55 More than 1 year ago
Born to Run was a defining moment in the life and career of Bruce Springsteen. Mr. Masur gives you a "fly on the wall" account of the making of this landmark album and the motivations that went into its birth. It is clear the author is a huge fan, but his anecdotes about the influence of Springsteen on his own life add to the book. I'm sure every devoted fan will be able to relate to his stories. As a fan of "the making of" videos for landmark albums such as AJA, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, WHO'S NEXT, BAT OUT OF HELL, etc., this book has earned its place in my must have library selections. If you are looking for a complete Springsteen biography, this isn't that book. However, this is a must read and a companion book to better understand how the NJ area rocker elevated his game to rock icon.
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This book gives you more insight into Springsteen's life and his meaning behind the songs than any other I've read. It tends to beat the same story to death, though I guess that's to be expected when someone writes a whole book about the making of one album. An interesting read.