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Bruce Springsteen: Songs Paperback – October 7, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380796112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380796113
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Songs is aptly titled, for while Bruce Springsteen contributes text to this 300-page book, the writing centers on his songs, tangentially sketching his life story. The lyrics to well over 100 songs are presented, dating from the first track on his 1973 debut, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (that would be "Blinded by the Light") through the last selection on 1995's The Ghost of Tom Joad ("My Best Was Never Good Enough"). The lyrics are broken up by photos (a ponytailed youth practices his guitar on a bed in his parents' apartment, the Boss buys a burger, Springsteen mugs while on a desert motorcycle outing). Original lyric sheets provide some insight into the Jersey boy's creative methodology. Most interesting, however, are the chapters Springsteen penned for the book. Broken down by album, they provide abbreviated accounts of his creative development, and some of the writing is quite telling. (Of his commercial smash Born in the U.S.A., he professes ambivalence: "It forced me to question the way I presented my music and made me think harder about what I was doing.") Passionate fans of the man will find this heavy-duty songbook, journal, and photo album rewarding, and it certainly whets the appetite for a more thorough memoir. --Steven Stolder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Twenty-five years' worth of the Boss.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I read the whole book in a couple of hours.
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The book is really for hardcore fans and if you are one, you will not be disappointed.
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The book has some great in-studio photos of Bruce and other E Streeters as well.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Songs" is available in both softcover and hardcover formats, with very different prices for each. If you want to spend a higher amount for a beautiful hardcover, here it is, or if you want to own the book for more of the content and to save money, there is a softcover version. I own the hardcover and am enjoying it very much. The paper is thick and glossy. This is a very hefty tome. The hardcover with its' large format pages does make for a great coffee table book.
As a preface to each album's lyrics, Bruce provides a short essay about what was going on with his life and what his idea for the message of the album was. There are great photographs throughout. Sometimes there are color photocopies of his handwritten lyrics, taken from the spiral notebooks that are his "blank slates". I really enjoyed reading the songs whose original lyrics were different, and the places where he inserted 2 or 3 different adjectives as he tried to find the best one for what he was trying to convey. I especially enjoyed "Candy's Room" as it is one of my favorite songs, and I was surprised to see that the original lyrics were quite a bit different and I got a gist for the original intent of the meaning of the song vs. my own interpretation of the final product, which were two different things.
Artistically, the book could use some improvement; after all, this is a coffee table book! The font is very plain for the lyrics of the songs, and the same font is used for every song, and every page of lyrics has a plain white background. I assumed since this is a coffee table book that the text would have been stylized a bit, perhaps with different fonts for each album or for every song, to match the mood of the song or such.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Snapdragon on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The first thing you should know about Springsteen's book SONGS is that it is a coffee table book for his upward-mobile-now-a-little-bit-older fan base. If you are looking for some real insight into the Artistry of the Boss, this book will hold little more than tangential appeal. Perhaps, there will come a day when the Boss himself will write a memoir of sorts and his devoted following will have a better and more direct look at the inner most mind of the the rock musician himself. (And It wouldn't suck if Landau wrote a book about all the musicians he's worked with either. Jon ? )That said, the book is really a must for the fans who can afford it. There's nothing wrong with wearing your love for Bruce on your sleeve (or in this case your coffee table). And to be sure, the few essays that are in the book, which are penned by Springsteen himself, are thoughtful, earnest and intellingent as you might expect. Hey, it feels good to be a little a bit older. Be honest, doesn't it ? For lots of us, these really are Better Days. So if you can afford it, do yourself a favor and by this book. Spend some time with this art book that gives us some great images of Bruce. It isn't like images of Dylan and Guthrie aren't found in over sized photography coffee table books in book stores across the country.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jon Austin on November 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the brilliant Tracks album that was also released this week, Songs is a disappointment. With chapter lead-ins written by Bruce, it was billed as an inside look at the creative process of one of rock's greatest songwriters. It is an inside look, but a safe and sanitized one. The intro sections are quite short, with the bulk of the book devoted to reprinting the lyrics to Springsteen's recorded work. With the exception of Springsteen's second album, "The Wild, The Innocent..." all these lyrpcs have been included with the albums and hence have been available for years. There are a small number of handwritten pages from Springsteen's songwriting notebook, two of which are intriguing (in the sense that they are more than just the published lyrics in Bruce's handwriting): pages of notes and drafts that evolve into the song "Prove It All Night" and a couple of pages of song title ideas, which give a brief peak into Bruce's actual process of starting with the germ of an idea and then building on it or incorporating it into other ideas. Those who have watched and studied Bruce for years will be left yearning for more: for instance, there is scant reference to how Springsteen takes the words that he has written and sets them to music. Perhaps the most glaring omission, on first read, is the failure to reference how the turmoil of his failed first marriage and divorce affected his songwriting. The reader is taken from the Tunnel of Love chapter (whose songs were written toward the end of his first marriage) straight into the middle of his next relationship with Patti Scialfa.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Wolfe (twolfe@twolfe.com) on December 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written historical perspective of Springsteen's last twenty five years musically. Unfortunately, a true Springsteen fan already knows the lyrics to his songs inside and out. If the book had been all stories and Bruce's insights to his songwriting it would have been perfect. Bruce's own words gives the reader an inside view of the artist's thoughts, decisions, and the aspirations of his music. The picture history ties it all together as a great document of a truly one of a kind performer. I recommend this book to anyone who understood that "Born in the U.S.A." was not an anthem for America but a cynical protest against our treatment of the Vietnam veteran.
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