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review 2017-09-18 00:00
Born to Run
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen One of the best autobiographies I've ever read. A wonderful book whether your a fan or not, but even more so if you are. His prose will remind you of his best lyrics and ballads. What struck me was the honesty with which he presents himself and the self-analysis he brings to his story. A fascinating look into creative process and challenges as well, for creative people of all types, not just musicians.
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review 2017-08-23 20:01
What a Story !
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

I'm not a fan of his, never followed his career or listened to his music. So why did I listen to over 18 hours of him recount his life ? Well it was highly recommended by a reading friend. I was worried I wouldn't last 18 hours of hearing the same voice ramble on but I never was bored, or ready to shut him up. I am a fan of the man but still not of the music, sorry Bruce. He was brutally honest digging deep into his and his, his bands and his families troubles. I was entranced by his words and the emotional kick he put into his audio retelling. If you love a good story, give it a listen

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review 2014-07-09 07:39
The Meaning of Maggie
The Meaning of Maggie - Megan Jean Sovern

Parts I really enjoyed and parts were just meh. Other reviewers have said it better than I will but for someone so smart Maggie was very naive and the fact that her father had such a serious disease (multiple sclerosis) and her parents kept it from her kind of stretched things for me a bit much.  I did love the musical references to some great great classic rock like my favorite Neil Young (and others)!


  There was also a reference to medical marijuana that didn't seem to be time appropriate, though I thought it was cool the author put such an important issue into a mid-reader

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review 2013-04-26 20:13
Bruce - der Mann, der immer weiter spielt*
Bruce: Die Springsteen-Biografie - Peter Ames Carlin

Bruce Springsteen - seit Jahrzehnten nur noch "The Boss" genannt - hat ein bewegtes und erfolgreiches Leben hinter sich. Er wäre mit Anfang sechzig im besten Alter in Interviews mit dem Autor des Buches, viel Persönliches zu seiner Biographie "Bruce" beizutragen.

Ich liebe Biographien. Ich lese sie, weil es mich interessiert, zu erfahren, was extrem erfolgreiche Menschen antreibt. Das Buch macht schnell klar: Bruce Musik-Perfektionismus und seine Energie werden gespeist von der Suche nach Anerkennung. Er sucht am Anfang z.B. Anerkennung, die er von seinem Vater zu Hause nicht bekommt. Sein Vater hängt gleichgültig in der Küche ab und unterstützt seine Karriere nicht und erst als Bruce einen Oscar mit nach Hause bringt (bester Filmsong), leistet dieser Abbitte und meint, er werde seinem Sohn nie mehr sagen, was er tun oder nicht tun solle. Ich wünschte mir, in der "Bruce"-Biographie hätte der Autor mehr solche Dinge beleuchtet und wäre etwas weniger in die Analyse seiner Song-Lyrics verfallen (auch wenn Bruce ein begnadeter Textschreiber ist). In der Rückschau kann ich sagen: Ich hatte während des Lesens manchmal das Gefühl, dass "Bruce" in seinen Gesprächen mit dem Autor, diesen bei vielem im Unklaren gelassen hat. Auch wenn man Persönliches erfährt (die letzten 10% des Buches sind hier der stärkste Teil), bleibt die Motivation vieler seiner Lebensentscheidungen im Dunkeln.

Aber genug gemeckert. Das Buch hat zwar Längen, ist aber trotzdem spannend zu lesen. Und an einen schönen Satz wird sich sowohl der Leser als auch der Sänger lange und gerne erinnern. Als Bruce nämlich für Barack Obama anlässlich seiner Amtseinführung spielte, wandte sich der Präsident ans Publikum und meinte:   

"I am the President but he is THE BOSS."

7 von 10 Gitarrensaiten (auch wenn eine Gitarre eigentlich nur 6 hat)


* seine Konzerte dauern bis zu vier Stunden

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review 2011-02-16 00:00
Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts, the Story
Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts, the Story - Dave Marsh The very first concert I ever saw was Bruce Springsteen. It was his first big tour, and it pretty much ruined me for all the lukewarm performances of the rest of the 70s. Hell, it pretty much ruined me for everybody except Iggy Pop and Leonard Cohen and Loudon Wainwright III. Nobody ever cared as much as Bruce, and we responded so fiercely to him in the Rust Belt where I first heard him. I've seen him several times and his shows are always balls-to-the-wall flat out intense and wondrous but the magic of that very first show remains shiny in my memory all these decades later. I've married and fallen in love and divorced and worked and played to his music. I've bought (bought!) all of his albums.I am not an unbiased reader, in other words. I'm not coming to this book a virgin. I don't need to be converted. I already know he's a genius.Marsh is a bigger fan than anyone, and he makes no secret of it. He knows and loves Springsteen in real life, and his admiration colors the book. His deep musical knowledge brings a lot to the table. The book is very, very analytical as far as the music goes, and less analytical about the life of Bruce. I don't have a sense of Bruce in situ, living his actual life, the way I do of Keith after reading Keith Richards' autobiography- but it's okay. The sense of Springsteen as a private, maybe even shy person is enough. The music is what matters in the end.As a consequence of reading this book, I've listened to literally nothing but Springsteen songs for a week. I've marinated in Rosalita, wept every single time The Rising played, and still get goosebumps from the title track from Nebraska. It's been fascinating listening and reading at the same time. I feel like I know the songs a little better now.The book is recommended only for fans, I think. It's repetitive and goes into more detail regarding concert set lists than even I wanted to read. And Marsh says "star-maker machinery" at least once in every single chapter. I wanted to hit him over the head with a Joni Mitchell album after about the hundredth repetition.
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