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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596912820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596912823
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 10.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Marsh is one of rock¹s best-known critics. He was a founding editor of Cream, and worked for Rolling Stone as associate editor from 1975-1990. Marsh is the author of numerous books, including Elvis, Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who, Fortunate Son, Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts: The Definitive Biography, 1972-2003, and The New Book of Rock Lists. His articles have been syndicated in over 200 newspapers, and appear regularly in major journals from Playboy to TV Guide. Dave Marsh lives in Norwalk, CT and New York City.

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I am a huge Springsteen fan.
M J Heilbron Jr.
`Bruce Springsteen: On Tour 1968-2005' is an excellent coffee table format book that explores Springsteen's tour history, accompanied by some incredible photography.
Spider Monkey
"E Street" is a great time capsule full of rare mementoes, but "On Tour" is the perfect coffee table book.
Boss Fan

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on November 23, 2007
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Dave Marsh is not what you'd call an unbiased journalist. Nor should he be. He is basically the official Springsteen biographer, and his previous books have documented his rise (the first book), then his popular explosion (his second book), which have been collated in the terrific "Two Hearts".
Here, he provides a tour-by-tour analysis/memoir/scrapbook of the career of Bruce Springsteen.

I am a huge Springsteen fan. Just huge. I devoured this book and begged for more.

There are literally hundreds of killer little details that will delight anyone who has seen a Springsteen show. If this book is given to a Springsteen fan who by chance has not yet seen him live, it will make them want to donate a kidney to do so.

The most frequent comments I internally made while reading this tome were "I wish I was there", or " I wish that would come out on CD or DVD", or "That must have been amazing" and usually ending with " I must find a way to get tickets to his next concert!"

No other musician could have a book like this. Many of his beloved onstage stories are reproduced here. Accounts of particularly historic shows (The Bottom Line, The Roxy, Nassau, the Coliseum), guest performers (Ronnie Spector, his mom requesting an encore)...the way he went from band tours to solo shows...

Bottom line (no pun intended) is that this is a mandatory purchase for any Bruce fan!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Boss Fan on October 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Springsteen fans have been very lucky as of late as he has been putting out more and more product. While non-fans may wonder what all the fuss is about, let's face it, if there is one rock ledged who is sorely lacking in the way of specialty releases, it's the Boss. How nice then to finally see things like the '75 London concert DVD and CD released last year, a revamped Seeger Sessions disc with songs that popped up on the tour and during rehearsals we otherwise would not have had on the actual release and items like this book and the coinciding "Greetings from E-Street..."

Some bands (The Stones being the most glaring example) seem to have a new hardcover book on the shelves every year or two (sometimes multiple books). While there are previous Springsteen books out there, there are few in the way of this and the "E-Street" release: Hardcover, put together with a lot of care, vivid pictures and special time capsule items. While "E Street" has the nifty distinction of including actual replicas of setlists, tickets, coasters and other memorabilia items, as a book, I think "On Tour" has the edge.

"E Street" is a great time capsule full of rare mementoes, but "On Tour" is the perfect coffee table book. Well written by Dave Marsh, a close friend of the Boss and knowing Springsteen insider, in a chronological, personal, easy to read fashion that is both informative and enjoyable, "On Tour" is a terrific journey through the Boss' life, career, albums, and - of course - tours. Filled with anecdotes and memories, it is also a great flashback to moments fans will no doubt be grateful to relive. But the best part of this book - and what makes all the best high-gloss, hardcover, coffee tables so exciting, is the pictures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Yanoff on May 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As one reviewer observed: Dave Marsh is biased since he is Springsteen's personal biographer. As such, he's rarely critical of Bruce (and I'm not sure fans really even want to read that in a book about The Boss) but can border on the edge of being sycophantic.

As a Springsteen fan, I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice blend of photos, concert details, and touring information. I liked that while the topic was touring, it wove in and out of Bruce's life events and how those and the album releases influenced his touring. This was especially important when writing about his lawsuit against original manager Mike Appel in the 1970s as well as the allegations of infidelity when he was married to Julianne Phillips and hooked up with Patti. It was especially interesting to read how quickly Patti and Nils were added to the band with such short notice before the tours. It was also nice to get an impression of how the non-American audiences acted towards Bruce.

One thing that could make this a real treasure (i.e., 5 stars) would be if it had set lists; maybe not the entire bunch because they change with practically every show but perhaps a few of the better ones from each tour. Or, perhaps a compendium of the songs played on each tour. This information shouldn't be hard to come by, especially based on the way the various songs are documented in the timeline bar at the bottom of most pages of the book. There, rarities are highlighted such as "March xx, 19xx - first time Seaside Bar Song played live". Unless I missed it, I was disappointed to see my town of Milwaukee not mentioned in any of the tour highlights, either for the mid-1970s "Bomb Scare Show" or for the 2000s Harley Davidson Anniversary show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey on January 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
`Bruce Springsteen: On Tour 1968-2005' is an excellent coffee table format book that explores Springsteen's tour history, accompanied by some incredible photography. The writing style is clear to read and the author has obviously done his research and the photos chart his rise from small club gigs to full out stadium rock fests. This is one of those books that is equally suited to dipping into and flicking about and also reading from cover to cover, although you have to do either from the comfort of your armchair as this is quite a weighty and substantial package! If you're a fan of Bruce and want that deeper insight into his life and music then this is an excellent place to go and comes highly recommended.

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