Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

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Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

  • Author: Marc Dolan
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393084213
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 560
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A vibrant biography of one of the greatest rock 'n' rollers, the America that made him, and the America he made. This smart, incisive biography traces Bruce Springsteen’s evolution from a young artist who wasn’t sure what he wanted to say to an acclaimed musician with a distinctive vision for a better society. Brilliantly analyzing and evoking Springsteen’s output, Marc Dolan unveils the pulsing heart of his music: its deep personal, political, and cultural resonances, which enabled Springsteen to reflect on his experiences as well as the world around him. The book is now updated with a new chapter on The Promise, Wrecking Ball, and the 2012 tour.

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

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A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

  • Author: Liel Leibovitz
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393244202
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 256
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Brings to life a passionate poet-turned-musician and what compels him and his work. Why is it that Leonard Cohen receives the sort of reverence we reserve for a precious few living artists? Why are his songs, three or four decades after their original release, suddenly gracing the charts, blockbuster movie sound tracks, and television singing competitions? And why is it that while most of his contemporaries are either long dead or engaged in uninspired nostalgia tours, Cohen is at the peak of his powers and popularity? These are the questions at the heart of A Broken Hallelujah, a meditation on the singer, his music, and the ideas and beliefs at its core. Granted extraordinary access to Cohen’s personal papers, Liel Leibovitz examines the intricacies of the man whose performing career began with a crippling bout of stage fright, yet who, only a few years later, tamed a rowdy crowd on the Isle of Wight, preventing further violence; the artist who had gone from a successful world tour and a movie star girlfriend to a long residency in a remote Zen retreat; and the rare spiritual seeker for whom the principles of traditional Judaism, the tenets of Zen Buddhism, and the iconography of Christianity all align. The portrait that emerges is that of an artist attuned to notions of justice, lust, longing, loneliness, and redemption, and possessing the sort of voice and vision commonly reserved only for the prophets. More than just an account of Cohen’s life, A Broken Hallelujah is an intimate look at the artist that is as emotionally astute as it is philosophically observant. Delving into the sources and meaning of Cohen’s work, Leibovitz beautifully illuminates what Cohen is telling us and why we listen so intensely.

The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen

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The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen

The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen

  • Author: Rob Kirkpatrick
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780275989385
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 198
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Examines the songs, albums, and compositions of one of America's most prominent singer-songwriters.

It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive

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It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive

It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive

The Promise of Bruce Springsteen

  • Author: Eric Alterman
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0759525900
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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Political journalist Eric Alterman examines the unique phenomenon that is The Boss and how he has come to reflect and interpret a turbulent quarter century of American history.

Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA

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Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA

Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA

  • Author: Geoffrey Himes
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1441154590
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 150
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When Bruce Springsteen went back on the road in 1984, he opened every show by shouting out, "one, two, one, two, three, four," followed by the droning synth chords of "Born in the U.S.A." Max Weinberg hit his drums with a two-fisted physicality that cut through the swelling chords. With a rolled-up red kerchief around his head and heavy black boots under his faded jeans, Springsteen looked like the character of the song, and from the very first line ("Born down in a dead man's town") he sang with the throat-scraping desperation of a man with his back against the wall. When he reached the crucial lines, though, the guitars and bass dropped out and Weinberg switched to just the hi-hat. Springsteen's voice grew a bit more private and reluctant as he sang, "Nowhere to run. Nowhere to go." It was as if he weren't sure if this were an admission of defeat or the drawing of a line in the sand. But when the band came crashing back at full strength-building a crescendo that fell apart in the cacophony of Springsteen's and Weinberg's wild soloing, paused and then came together again in the determined, marching riff-it was clear that the singer was ready to make a stand.

Tom Petty: Rock ‘n’ Roll Guardian

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Tom Petty: Rock ‘n’ Roll Guardian

Tom Petty: Rock ‘n’ Roll Guardian

  • Author: Andrea M. Rotondo
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • ISBN: 085712868X
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 384
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Tom Petty: Rock 'n' Roll Guardian is the first intimate portrait of one of rock’s most enduring figures. Songs like American Girl, The Waiting and I Won’t Back Down have touched people from all walks of life because he sung about what he knew – love won, love lost and hardship overcome. Tom Petty’s predisposition to find trouble was always matched by his steely determination to overcome it. After shaky beginnings with his first band, Tom Petty steered his way through bankruptcy, drama and personal loss – including the deaths of his bandmates Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein – to forge a lasting impact on the world, selling more than 80 million records worldwide. In the wake of his death, this celebratory Omnibus Enhanced edition now features curated Spotify playlists of his early influences, his collaborations and his greatest songs. Additionally, an interactive Digital Timeline of his life charts his uncertain path with video footage of interviews, live performances and more. Born too late to be in the vanguard of rock ’n’ roll first time round, he has nonetheless proved a truly memorable keeper of the flame. This is his remarkable story...

Rock Star

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Rock Star

Rock Star

The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen

  • Author: David R. Shumway
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 1421413922
  • Category: History
  • Page: 264
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Shumway investigates the rock star as a particular kind of cultural construction, different from mere celebrity. After the golden age of moviemaking, media exposure allowed rock stars more political sway than Hollywood's studio stars, and rock stars gradually replaced movie stars as key cultural heroes

Runaway Dream

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Runaway Dream

Runaway Dream

Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision

  • Author: Louis P. Masur
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 9781608191758
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 256
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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.

Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

American Poet and Prophet

  • Author: Donald L. Deardorff, II
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • ISBN: 0810884275
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 218
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Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet by literary critic Donald L. Deardorff II 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.

E Street Shuffle

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E Street Shuffle

E Street Shuffle

The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

  • Author: Clinton Heylin
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1780335806
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 160
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Bruce Springsteen is one of the most important and controversial rock stars of our times: this is the story of the man - a complex, poetic loner whose albums went on to sell 18 million copies - and the band that gave his inner vision a punch and a swagger. Clinton Heylin has written the most factually accurate, informative book on Springsteen to date. As in Heylin's definitive Bob Dylan title Revolution in the Air, E Street Shuffle will focus on Bruce Springsteen and his work: the songs he's written, the way they were recorded, how they sounded live. Heylin also has unparalleled access to the people around Springsteen: current and former members of the E Street Band; CBS A&R personnel; Springsteen's 'New Dylan' contemporaries, as well as fellow Asbury Park musicians and scenesters, and rock critics. This is the essential book for any fan of the Boss. Praise for Clinton Heylin: "Arguably the world's greatest rock biographer." - The Irish Independent. "The only Dylanologist worth reading." - The New York Times.