Outlaw Pete book by Bruce Springsteen

Outlaw Pete book by Bruce Springsteen (Author), Frank Caruso (Illustrator)

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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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Book: Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs

New Book alert: Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs

Book Counting Down Bruce Springsteen His 100 Finest Songs

It’s always fun to read what other people think about Bruce Springsteen songs. This book has been out for a while, but it surely looks interesting.

“For 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has held center stage as the quintessential American rock and roll artist, expressing the hopes and dreams of the American everyman and every woman through his vast array of insightful and inspirational songs. In Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs, rock writer Jim Beviglia dares to rank his finest songs in descending order from the 100th to his no. 1 greatest song.

In this unique book, Beviglia reflects not only on why each song has earned its place on list but lays out the story behind each of the 100, supplying fresh insights on the musical and lyrical content of Springsteen’s remarkable body of work. Counting Down Bruce Springsteen brings together critical historical and biographical information to explain the making and importance of each song to its listeners, painting a fascinating portrait of Springsteen as a major American songwriter and consummate recording artist.

Counting Down Bruce Springsteen is the perfect playlist builder, whether it is for the diehard fan or the newbie just getting acquainted with the work of the Boss!”

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New Book alert! Springsteen: Album by Album

New Bruce Springsteen book alert! Springsteen: Album by Album

I went to Amazon to see if there are any new upcoming Bruce Springsteen books, and this caught my attention.

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“With in-depth explorations of 17 studio albums spanning over 40 years of music history, Springsteen is the definitive book on “The Boss.” Bruce Springsteen stands astride the rock ‘n’ roll stage like a colossus. Renowned for his passionate songwriting, galvanizing live shows, and political activism, the iconic rocker shows no signs of slowing down. Richly photographed, and featuring brilliant writing by one of America’s top music critics as well as a foreword by Peter Ames Carlin (author of the bestselling biography Bruce), this is a must-have for Springsteen’s millions of fans.”

About the Author:

“Ryan White is a music critic who has twice been voted one of America’s best writers by the Society for Features Journalism. After a decade covering sports for the Oregonian, he became the paper’s music writer in 2009, penning his first article on Springsteen’s Devils & Dust tour. Highly regarded as one of the most important and influential writers working out of Portland—one of the hottest music cities in the United States—his column has given many successful Pacific Northwest bands their first press exposure. He appears regularly on radio shows including Live Wire! and Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud program discussing the week’s cultural events. He has written extensively on Bruce Springsteen, most recently covering his 2012 tour. White lives in Portland, OR.”

“Foreword author Peter Ames Carlin is a journalist, critic, and author. He speaks regularly on music, art, and popular culture and has been the senior writer at People magazine and a TV critic for the Oregonian newspaper. An author of several books including Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson (Rodale) and Paul McCartney: A Life (Touchstone), his latest, Bruce (Touchstone), is the bestselling biography of Bruce Springsteen published in 2012. He lives in Portland, OR.”

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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 personality—one that takes interviews as seriously as making music. These eye-opening conversations chart Springsteen’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

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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 personality—one that takes interviews as seriously as making music. These eye-opening conversations chart Springsteen’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

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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

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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 Springsteen’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 “The Boss,” defining the exact nature of Springsteen’s cultural influence.

With the release of seventeen studio albums, Springsteen’s influence and popularity spans multiple generations. Deardorff classifies and explains Springsteen’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 Springsteen’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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