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Book Review: Springsteen: Saint in the City 1949-1974

Bruce Springsteen book review – Springsteen: Saint in the City 1949 – 1974 by Craig Statham

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I have always been really interested about the whole early Springsteen era, and I have read all the early stories that are on Brucebase website many times. I really looked forward to read this book, as finally there is a book that covers all the early Springsteen’s bands; including Castiles, Child, Steel Mill, Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom, and Bruce Springsteen Band.

Craig Statham has done a wonderful job sharing all the info there is. There are many stories I have not heard before. For me these little unheard stories are true gold nuggets. Book has about 180 pages and the chapters are just in perfect length. For those who are unfamiliar with all the early songs, this book helps to open up the lyrics more and how Springsteen’s songwriting has evolved.

Springsteen: Saint in the City 1949-1974 book could be better thought. Some of the pictures are from low quality sources. I hoped to see some unreleased photos, but there was only few that I haven’t seen previously. Also the quality of the paper used in this book and layout could have been better. I hoped to read more about the Boom Carter era, but maybe there’s not much new to share. End of the book felt bit rushed to me. Although, that’s something I have felt with other Springsteen books too.

For fans who are looking more info about the Bruce Springsteen’s before the fame era, this book covers pretty much everything you can hope for.

After reading this book, same question rises once again. Why is Bruce Springsteen so shamed about his early career? Every book lacks Bruce Springsteen point of view about the early days. Why we haven’t heard any of the early material officially? There are more than Tracks box-set of worth material (from 1966-1973) waited to be heard, even for us die-hard fans. There’s nothing to a shamed about the quality of these recordings. Why not just take the same route as Bob Dylan did with his “Bootleg Series”, or what Neil Young has done with his Archive releases? We can only hope that the Tracks 2 box will cover the pre-E Street band songs and bands..with notes from Mr. Springsteen himself. Now the best we can do, is to head to the Youtube and Brucebase site and search more info about those early gems.


Where to buy this book?
Check out Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk


Other:

As someone of you might know, Brucetapes website started as a database aimed for the Springsteen traders, to help them find info about bootlegs from 1969-1979. This database is still beneath this blog (you can access it here)

Related videos:

Few early “videos” made by me.

Steel Mill – Wind And The Rain (live):

Steel Mill – The Wind And The Rain (Live… by brucetapes
Plenty of early photos included. Audio quality is pretty bad (Thanks to bad encoding by dailymotion). I don’t have the original file anymore. šŸ™

Bruce Springsteen Band – Cowboys Of The Sea (Live):

I think I have lost the original file for this video too. I need to check my archives for an upgrade.

Bruce Springsteen Books 2013-2014 – New and upcoming

2013-2014 Bruce Springsteen book releases

Collecting all the recent and upcoming Bruce Springsteen books under this blog post.

Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters (Musicians in Their Own Words) [Hardcover]

Springsteen on Springsteen Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters (Musicians in Their Own Words) [Hardcover]

“Springsteen on Springsteen offers fans an extensive look at the artist’s own spoken words over the past four decades, via 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. Moreover, Springsteen simply enjoys talking with people, and you can sense that from the material in this book. He is willing to speak with great candor, humor, and poignancy about his personal life and has talked in detail about his marriage, being in therapy, his parents, and fame. This volume starts with interviews from 1973, when he was earning $75 a week, and follows him up until 2012, when he had achieved almost unimaginable wealth and worldwide fame. The book features a foreword by singer/songwriter Elliott Murphy, a longtime Springsteen cohort; and photos by Frank Stefanko, who produced the covers for Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. It contains more than half a dozen of Springsteen’s speeches at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, political rallies and elsewhere, plus interviews with such well-known figures as TV’s Charlie Rose, Ted Koppel, and Brian Williams; novelist Nick Hornby; and actor Ed Norton. Fans will discover hidden gems from small and international outlets, and radio and TV interviews that have not previously appeared in print, along with some material that has not been available in any format until now. This is a must have for any Springsteen fan.”

Release date: Released

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Springsteen: Saint In The City: 1949-1974

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“To fully understand the Boss’s music, you need to understand his formative years Includes an 8 page colour plates section There have been plenty of books written about Bruce Springsteen, but this is the first to concentrate solely on his early years. The author believes that to fully understand Springsteen’s recorded work it is necessary to understand the formative years that shaped him. It covers: * The genealogy of the Springsteen family from earliest times. * Relationships with his managers – how whenever success beckoned he would move in a new direction. * The development of his drive to sound like Van Morrison and Joe Cocker (in the Bruce Springsteen Band). * The importance of his booking agent, Sam Keith. * The fight to get support from Columbia Records. * How a Brown University student saved his career. * How the musicians changed the rules to all-night Monopoly sessions. This book covers the year from Springsteen’s birth to 1974 – the year before his breakthrough album Born To Run. It explores both the negative factors in his life such as school and Catholicism and the positive ones such as baseball, girls and the guitar, as well as the British Invasion, the civil rights movement and, crucially, his relationship with his father. Springsteen’s early bands, the Rogues, the Castiles and Earth, are examined via interviews with ex-members. Also covered are the pre-Columbia years, the audition for Mike Appel, the first two albums and his involvement in what would become the E-Street Band. Interviewees include: Frank Marziotti, Cynthia Sherman, Gary Pulz, Alan Merrill, Edward Sanders, Marion Vinyard, Ken Field, Albee Tellone, Joe McHugh, Frank P. ‘Flash’ Craig, Sam McKeith, Mike Appel, Bob Spitz, Kip Cohen, Dick Wingate, Randy Whited, James Gabriel, Robbin Thompson, Jeffrey Mark Lane, Amy B. Lane, Betty Young, George Francis, Harvey Cherlin, Bob Feigenbaum, Nadine Epstein, Robin Nash, Layonne Holmes, Geoff Muldaur, Elliott Murphy, John B. Sebastian, Richard Davis, Jeannie Clark Fisher, Donnie Walton, Michael Parker, Chuck Wrenn, Richard Leschhorn, Walter Planer, Doug Alt and Allen Field”Available: June(?), 2013Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen”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 personalityā€”one that takes interviews as seriously as making music. These eye-opening conversations chart Springsteenā€™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.”

Release date: released

Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk


Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen

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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 personalityā€”one that takes interviews as seriously as making music. These eye-opening conversations chart Springsteenā€™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.”

Release date: released

Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk


Bruce Springsteen in Focus 1980-2012

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“Rothenberg captures the energy of Bruce Springsteen and his connection to audiences around the world. For thirty-two years, Debra has photographed Bruce, in small clubs along the Jersey shore, and in national and international arenas and stadiums. The power of Bruce’s live performances coupled with Debra’s ability to snap the right shot, brings fans more than two hundred unique and memorable photographs. From her first photo of Bruce in 1980 when she was a college student, Debra chronicles her photographic journey, attending many concerts all over the world, and shaping her life and career in the process.”

Release date: released

Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk


Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet

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Tempo: A Scarecrow Press Music Series on Rock, Pop, and Culture offers titles that explore rock and popular music through the lens of social and cultural history, revealing the dynamic relationship between musicians, music, and their milieu. Like other major art forms, rock and pop music comment on their cultural, political, and even economic situation, reflecting technological advances, psychological concerns, religious feelings, and artistic trends of the times. Like other major musical artists, Bruce Springsteenā€™s work has reflected, revealed, and reacted to modern American realities over the course of his forty-year career.

Since releasing his first record in 1973, Springsteen has sold more than a hundred million albums worldwide, played thousands of concerts, and won Grammy, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Academy awards. More importantly, however, he is one of the few twentieth-century singer-songwriters to serve as the voice of his generation, a defining artist whose works reflect the values, dreams, and concerns of many Americans. In Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet, Donald L. Deardorff II explores the works of ā€œThe Boss,ā€ defining the exact nature of Springsteenā€™s cultural influence.

With the release of seventeen studio albums, Springsteenā€™s influence and popularity spans multiple generations. Deardorff classifies and explains Springsteenā€™s remarkable reception as it evolved from small beginnings in the Jersey shore bars of the 1970s to worldwide fame today. This book thoughtfully considers the trenchant commentary Springsteenā€™s albums make on the mythology of the American Dream, working-class concerns, the changing character of American masculinity, the relationship between Americans and their government, the importance of social justice, and the evocation of an American spirit.

Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet will appeal to more than just Springsteen fans. It describes Springsteen as an apt critic of his own culture, whose music paints literary portraits that uncover the realities of an American society constantly evolving, while striving toward its own betterment.

Release date: March 1, 2014

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The Complete Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind Every Song

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Bruce Springsteen is known as ‘The Boss’. He has bossed the charts, he’s bossed the crowds and he’s bossed record collections across the globe. And the great thing about this rock ‘n’ roll pioneer is that his records have always spoken to people in a very human way. That becomes all the more apparent when you look at the stories behind his songs that make up the contents of this unique book: Springsteen writes in a very personal manner, a way that has appeal to the man (or woman) on the street. From the early 1970s right up to the present day, Springsteen’s records have told the story of a generation, and you can follow the story too…

Release date: March 1, 2014

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