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Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe [Kindle Edition]

Caryn Rose
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18 days, five countries, and seven concerts: this was how long-time Springsteen chronicler and veteran Backstreets contributor Caryn Rose spent her summer vacation, running from Paris to Prague to Vienna to London to Dublin, following Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on tour. Were European Springsteen fans that different from their Stateside counterparts? Were the shows overseas truly better than the ones in the States? Part travelogue and part rock and roll love letter, Rose takes you with her every step of the way: queuing in the rain, sleeping on the sidewalk, and watching Paul Mc Cartney from the front row in London.


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Caryn Rose paints a definitive portrait of Bruce Springsteen's current relationship with his European fans (and the fans with him) in Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe. Rose's encyclopedic knowledge of Springsteen's music and mythology combined with her keen critical eye and estimable storytelling skill make this a must-read for any music fan. --David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

YOU'LL LIKE THIS BOOK IF: You can't get enough Bruce, you've always been curious about the European concert experience or you want to compare her observations with your own. This is not the upcoming Peter Carlin Ames epic biography, "Bruce." This is one experienced, educated fan's experience. --The Record/northjersey.com

About the Author

Caryn Rose is a Brooklyn-based writer and novelist who documents rock and roll, baseball and urban life. She has been writing about Bruce Springsteen for over 30 years, and has been a regular contributor to Backstreets Magazine since 2003. Her first novel, B-sides and Broken Hearts, was published in 2011, and her second novel, You Can't Predict Baseball, is slated for release in the Spring of 2013. Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan In Europe is her first non-fiction book. You can follow her online at jukeboxgraduate.com or on Twitter @carynrose.

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  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983502935
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Till Victory Press (September 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CAHYVC
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hella Close--with Distance October 12, 2012
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In terms of popular music writing, Caryn Rose is something of a unicorn--a fan who can also be critical. Trust me, there aren't as many people out there like this as you might think. The fans tend to be all-accepting, and the critics can often be shockingly superficial. Rose has been following Bruce Springsteen for decades now and knows his work as well as anyone, but she has some very definite opinions about what works and what doesn't. Those opinions are highly individual, not at all a product of groupthink, and they are informed by her love and knowledge of artists other than Springsteen too.

This points to another way in which she is a unique music writer: she doesn't have a Golden Age, any Golden Age, to which she hearkens back. For Rose, there is great rock 'n' roll, live and recorded, in every era. You just have to listen with both joy and care. I don't always agree with her, but she makes me think about my own opinions, my own musical tastes, and that usually makes me want to go back and listen with fresh ears.

Much has been written this year (cough cough, David "Bobo" Brooks) about Springsteen in Europe vs. Springsteen in the US. In "Raise Your Hand," Rose reports live from the belly of the beast, or in this case the GA pit. As always, her mind and her viscera are equally engaged, and this brief book is the best intelligent-fan's-eye account I have ever read of a rock 'n' roll tour. That doesn't surprise me, of course, since I consider Rose's "B-Sides and Broken Hearts" one of the most successful rock 'n' roll novels ever.

Read this book to learn about Springsteen at 62; read it to learn about the fate of classic rock in the 21st century; read it to learn about a sprawling megatour in the time of the declining Euro--just read it. Rose will make you smile, feel, and think.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Have to be a Bruce fan to Enjoy This Book October 6, 2012
By Cyn D
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I found Caryn Rose at metsgrrl.com a few years ago and really fell in love with her writing style. Although I'm definitely a baseball fan, I'm not a Mets fan and yet her blog became required reading for me. She has a rare talent where she can write about something you think you have no interest in and before you know it she has completely pulled you into her world. So, although I can't classify myself as a tremendous Springsteen fan, I wasn't surprised that I really enjoyed "Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe", but I was surprised at how MUCH I enjoyed it.

Not only is it a wonderful glimpse into the way Europeans celebrate both Bruce Springsteen and live music but it's a handy how-to for folks interesting in taking on the same adventure that Caryn and her companion Glenn took on this summer. Most impressively, for me, is how Caryn Rose tells a story. I didn't recognize half the songs she mentions Bruce singing and yet she made me understand clearly what they mean to the fans. (It also compelled me hit iTunes for a few downloads.)

You don't have to be a fan of The Boss to appreciate and enjoy this book. You just have to want to read a fascinating tale of a unique and exhilarating experience from an intimate point of view. After reading this book, I felt like I had been to Europe, slept in the mud, eaten ham sandwiches and witnessed Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney on stage together.

There have been many books I've read and immediately regretted spending the time on...this is not one of those books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Writer. Worthy Topic. Short Book. Big Plug. November 25, 2012
By Birdman
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In 104 actual pages, Caryn Rose makes a convincing case for the divergent interests of US and European rock audiences, shadowing Springsteen and the E Street Band across Europe on their Wrecking Ball tour. From Paris and Prague to London and Dublin, Rose creates brief concert memoirs with a focus on vignettes. She illustrates how very different the EU eye and ear are -- psychographically and demographically -- from American audiences. The Americans, driven more by commercialism, easily distracted, more spotty in cultural literacy, seem oafish compared to the Europeans-- at least in this particular work.

Having seen the Wrecking Ball Tour two weeks ago in America, I found our audience of 20,000 far more participant, respectful and exuberant than Rose's characterization. Still, Rose knows her topic, and has seen enough Springsteen through her editorial work in BACKSTREETS, to admit exceptions to her rules.

She is a brisk, economical writer with a wonderful eye for detail and thirst to learn more about the sites she visits. She treats Springsteen and the Band with respect instead of adoration, and through her shadow experiment, emphasizes what a positive, potent force these fine musicians are at their best.

More a series of essays, or a brief collection of articles than a "book," the author errs by writing such a brief work about such a large topic. I felt shorted. I had too many unanswered questions, and was put off to find that 20% of the text was a pitch for Rose's upcoming novel. Not a smart choice in this case.

Still, RAISE YOUR HAND is an inexpensive, well-produced, must-have for any Springsteen fan. Had this been a longer work, or had Rose created a longer collective work including some of her own essays, this might have been a really significant read.

Buy it if you enjoy well-crafted rock journalism, and keep an eye on this writer,especially her non-fiction. I expect to see her name again on a far more substantial book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raise Your Hand
Part of me wonders whether a non-Springsteen fan would enjoy Raise Your Hand. When the author mentions a specific song from The Boss’ oeuvre, being familiar with a fair share of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BigAl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a Springsteen fan!
This was a very easy read. Caryn Rose is a great writer. I almost felt that I was attending the concerts that she was attending. Read more
Published 14 months ago by bbw1222
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was a great read that I couldn't put down. As a major Springsteen fan this book gave me the feeling of wanting to be next to the author as she described the shows!
Published 16 months ago by Nfm
4.0 out of 5 stars Raise Your Hand and Go Racing In The Streets of Europe With This Fun...
Great insight into how to approach, attend and participate in the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band international concerts. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Betsy J. Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read for Springsteen fans
This e-book is an interesting insight to the European experience at a Springsteen concert. Told from a long-time fan's perspective.
Published 21 months ago by Elaine Bauer
4.0 out of 5 stars A must if you're a travelling fan
I loved this book- a must if you're a fan! I'm an American living in Europe, and I'm Bruce's age! I haven't been able to follow him around as much as the author, but if i was... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nancy
1.0 out of 5 stars Half Springsteen Half Shameless Plug for new Novel
Booooh! Not Bruce and E St Band but the fact that Caryn suckered me into buying her book when it finishes half way and the rest is an intro to her novel . Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sally S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Raise your hand
Excellent reading for Boss fans. If you, like me, were there great, if not , great.
Well written fast paced, good stuff.
Worth a read
Published 22 months ago by Denis Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars raise your hands to caryn rose
loved caryn rose's account of the european leg of bruce's tour...I am a fan of her blogs and it was very enjoyable to read lengthier and more detailed accounts of her tour... Read more
Published 22 months ago by elntlr
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful descriptions of music fan community
I really liked Caryn Rose's rock and roll travel itinerary -- her summer 2012 trip to attend seven Bruce Springsteen concerts in five European countries. Read more
Published 22 months ago by nsbishop
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More About the Author

Caryn Rose is a Brooklyn-based writer and photographer who documents New York City, rock and roll, and Major League Baseball. From 2006-2011, she authored the groundbreaking blog metsgrrl.com, covering baseball and the New York Mets. Her first novel, B-sides and Broken Hearts, was published in 2011, followed by the non-fiction work Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan In Europe in September of 2012. A Brand New Ballgame is her second novel, and she has just published the anthology One Girl, One Team, One City: The Best of metsgrrl.com.

You can find her at jukeboxgraduate.com and on Twitter at @carynrose and at @metsgrrl during the season. She believes bunting is for losers, hates the designated hitter and thinks you should never walk the pitcher.

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PRAISE FOR A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME:

"It's a smart story about falling in love with baseball, and in the hands of a writer less able to convey the joy of baseball, it would probably fall flat, but in Rose's, it makes me want to quit my job and drive around watching baseball." --Brand New Kind Of Photography

"Baseball stadiums across America are the map for Caryn Rose's road trip novel A Whole New Ballgame, an engaging book filed with memorable characters." --David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

PRAISE FOR RAISE YOUR HAND:

"Read this book to learn about Springsteen at 62; read it to learn about the fate of classic rock in the 21st century; read it to learn about a sprawling megatour in the time of the declining Euro - just read it." --Marc Dolan, author of "Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock and Roll"

Caryn Rose paints a definitive portrait of Bruce Springsteen's current relationship with his European fans (and the fans with him) in Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe. Rose's encyclopedic knowledge of Springsteen's music and mythology combined with her keen critical eye and estimable storytelling skill make this a must-read for any music fan. --David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

YOU'LL LIKE THIS BOOK IF: You can't get enough Bruce, you've always been curious about the European concert experience or you want to compare her observations with your own. This is not the upcoming Peter Carlin Ames epic biography, "Bruce." This is one experienced, educated fan's experience. --The Record/northjersey.com


PRAISE FOR B-SIDES AND BROKEN HEARTS:

"Caryn Rose's B-Sides and Broken Hearts is a rare book, one that incorporates music seamlessly into its core. Rose's debut novel is filled with characters whose love for music is great and relatable, their passion for '80s and '90s indie rock and punk jumps off the page in this absorbing novel." - Largehearted Boy

"If you've ever sat in a diner at 3 a.m. after a concert and hashed over the set list minute by minute, song by song -- or marked the events in your life by what tour was taking place at the time, or which record was just released -- or waited in line all night to buy concert tickets - or drove across the country to see a show -- then likely you will enjoy this book as much as I did...Rose is steeped in rock and roll history, this is her life blood, she walks the walk and talks the talk." - Great Rock & Roll Reads for the Fall, Huffington Post

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