New Upcoming Book alert: Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – The Illustrated History
Gillian G. Gaar is a new author to me, but from what I’ve searched (reviews from her past books), she have delivered plenty of books with nice reviews. Looking forward to see this one.
There’s a reason his nickname is The Boss–find out why in this illustrated history of Bruce Springsteen, an American songwriting legend.
Bruce Springsteen is a platinum-shifting, stadium-filling rock star, but he is also more nuanced than that. He is a man of the people, making conventional-and-proud-of-it rock music aimed at the American working class.
A supreme songwriter, Springsteen is a rock ‘n’ roll legend, and this lavishly illustrated book is an examination of his life and music. A comprehensive overview of a fascinating and unique artist, Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – The Illustrated History is a tribute to Springsteen’s body of work, from the rock anthem Born to Run to his sepia-toned analysis of working-class misery, The River. There’s Springsteen’s gnarly, Bonnie and Clyde-style tableaux Atlantic City, as well as his debunking of guys’ yearnings for youthful Glory Days. Throughout it all, Springsteen has demonstrated that he knows how to create a classic track. Find out once and for all why his nickname is The Boss.
About the Author
Gillian G. Gaar has written thirteen books, including The Doors: The Illustrated History, She’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll, Entertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana, and Return of the King: Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback. She was a contributor to Voyageur Press’ Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History and has also written for numerous publications, including Mojo, Rolling Stone, and Goldmine. She lives and writes in Seattle.
Release date: July 1, 2016
More info & pre-order: Amazon (US) and Amazon UK
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New release alert! Bruce Springsteen – The Album Collection, Vol. 1 (1973 – 1984)
Today a new box set was announced, Bruce Springsteen “The Album Collection, Vol. 1 (1973-1984)” will feature his first 7 albums remastered + a 60 page book of rare memorabilia and photos. 5 of the albums gets remastered for a first time. There are no bonus tracks.
Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.*
The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle*
Born To Run
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Born In The U.S.A.*
*remastered for the first time
Release date: November 17, 2014
Format: CD, Vinyl and MP3
Price: No pricing info yet.
Amazon.com for more info
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Outlaw Pete book by Bruce Springsteen (Author), Frank Caruso (Illustrator)
When Bruce Springsteen was a little boy, he learned the story of Brave Cowboy Bill, about a pure-hearted little cowboy. It was the first of Bruce’s Western loves, which now range from John Ford movies to Mexican music to Native American art. Each of these inspirations, plus what he’s learned as a man and a rock ’n’ roller about how to combine whimsy and wisdom, were stations on the way to Outlaw Pete, a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It’s one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has written rhapsodic and harsh, a meditation on destiny, filled with absurdities but not for one second of its eight minutes exactly a joke. It’s an elaborate musical drama, weaving into a single tapestry several styles of rock and an orchestration reminiscent of a Morricone soundtrack.
Outlaw Pete is an adult book, illustrated by Frank Caruso, who drew and painted its pages. Caruso does more than illustrate the song. His approach, immaculately detailed, simple when it needs to be, parallels Springsteen’s blend of absurdity and meditation. The questions about destiny remain unanswered, as they must be, but they’re also brought into a different kind of focus. Details that pass by almost unnoticed in the lyrics become central.
Reading and listening have rarely so superbly complemented each other. The result becomes the most intense kind of artistic collaboration, a vision shared.
But I’m not trying to start anything, so buy it, don’t steal it, OK? – Dave Marsh
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