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Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll Book by Mark Dolan

Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll Book by Mark Dolan

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In case you have missed this. Here’s an interview of Mark Dolan, the author of the “Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Book:

You can buy the book from Amazon.com (also kindle version of the book available)


Review snippets:

“In an appreciative study that at times verges on the academic, Dolan traces Springsteen’s journey through a song-by-song and album-by-album development…” (Publishers Weekly )

“Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’n’ Roll endeavors to get to the heart of its subject by viewing him through the economic, social, political, religious and family turmoil that formed a musician who found out early on how to make his guitar talk but spent painful decades refining what he needed to make it say. Springsteen’s creative evolution and endurance as a populist American rock ’n’ roll hero is, according to Dolan, “a slantwise way of telling the history of our times, how we have come together and divided over the last half-century, how we have changed what we think of ourselves as a people.”” (Robin Finn – New York Times Book Review )

“Readable and engrossing.” (Booklist )

“This intelligent examination of the career of Bruce Springsteen traces the rock icon’s ability to balance two disparate identities…. An intelligent fan book written by a sophisticated admirer.” (Darryl Lorenzo – Christian Science Monitor )

“The definitive Springsteen biography/musical analysis, finely written and meticulously researched… by an academic who can write for a popular audience…. For fans, Dolan’s book is a necessary addition to the Springsteen library. For more casual listeners, who often wonder just what the fuss is all about, this volume is a good place to start.” (Michael Riley – Asbury Park Press )

“Marc Dolan has written a book of rock criticism at its finest. He brings to the story of Bruce Springsteen an encyclopedic knowledge, a clean, fast-moving prose style, and an irrepressible love of his subject. The Boss deserves no less, and he could ask for no better.” (John Matteson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lives of Margaret Fuller )

“A riveting profile of New Jersey’s great bard. Dolan, the ultimate Springsteen fan, has an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject. And his infectious love of American popular music is nothing short of awesome. The best book on Bruce ever written!” (Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite )

“A unique biography of a great rock ’n roll artist drawn from 40 years of thrilling performances. If you’re a Springsteen fan, this will deepen your appreciation. And if you’re not a fan, what the hell is wrong with you?” (William McKeen, author of Rock ‘n Roll is Here to Stay: An Anthology )

“With the notable exception of Bob Dylan, no other singer-songwriter still active in the 21st Century has spawned as many academic studies as The Boss, and Dolan’s book is among the very best. As a chronicler of our times, Springsteen has few equals… and the author’s examination of an extraordinary body of work is as clear-headed and accessible as the music itself…. By necessity, his book also serves as a history of America, outlining a nation’s political conflicts, class disparity, prejudices and shortcomings…. [T]he author is especially evocative in his descriptions of working class New Jersey in the 60s and early 70s. Where he scores his most emphatic bullseyes, however, is in his assessment of how Springsteen handled his wealth and stardom; of how his conscience and politics adapted to being one of the most famous men in the world without losing sight of the struggles of his core audience, the ‘little’ man on the street.” (Terry Staunton, record Collector )

“[Dolan’s] approach is at once academic and unapologetically enthusiastic. Classic songs and albums are deconstructed at length, along with their back stories and reception. Springsteen’s personal evolution is measured in similar depth, from his tense relationship with his working-class father to the political consciousness reflected in his work, and how it’s been variously interpreted (and misconstrued)…. Devotees will delight in Dolan’s account of the superstar’s salad days playing Jersey clubs. (3 out of 4 stars)” (Elysa Gardner – USA Today )

“Marc Dolan’s Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll is more than pulp for fans: It provides both social and political context to the songs and albums in the Jersey boy’s canon.” (Time Out New York )

“A well-researched, comprehensive analysis of Springsteen’s life and work to date, with an emphasis on the music.” (Backstreets.com )

“Dolan makes a point of telling more than just the Boss’ personal history, putting his putting his musical contributions in context with the country’s political state.” (radio.com )

Nils Lofgren Interview on the SPL Website (Bruce Springsteen fansite)

Nils Lofgren gets interviewed by the Stony Pony London (aka SPL) website

In a wide-ranging interview with the Stone Pony London (SPL) website, E Street Band member Nils Lofgren — the man Bruce Springsteen calls “the greatest guitarist in rock and roll” – discussed everything from opening for Jimi Hendrix to the devastating loss of Clarence Clemons last year. SPL founder Craig J. LaCava (CJ) and Steve Collins (TD) were able to spend 45 minutes with Nils on 13 Jan 2012.

Lofgren, 60, talked about his new record, Old School, that reflects on his long years in music and the many legends he’s worked with since hitting the road at age 17. He said if he could advise his young self, he would tell him to be less reckless playing youthful sports and to “spend a few less days on the couch watching football and eating Haagen-Dazs and get up and write a song or something” instead.

Lofgren talked about bootleg recordings, the shows he watched as a fan over the years, how he joined the E Street Band in 1984 and much more.

Lofgren said the E Street Band belonged in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “a long, long time ago” and that getting bypassed is “a sore spot” for some in the band. But Lofgren said he sees it as “a badge of honor” that only “the guys in tuxedos” can explain.

Since leaving the record industry behind, Lofgren has a vibrant website at NilsLofgren.com that includes a guitar class, a shop and much more.

You can read the four part interview here


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