- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books (August 9, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316039179
- ISBN-13: 978-0316039178
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It Ain't No Sin To Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen Paperback – August 9, 2001
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Eric Alterman is a columnist for The Nation and NSNBC. He is a contributor to Rolling Stone, Elle, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
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Alterman does a good job of laying the basics down. That is about it. One has to be care when reading about Springsteen because people either love him or they don't get it and then they try to tear him down. Most people who don't like Bruce and write about him are simply too negative and their lack of understanding what he is all about becomes evident. Also, writers who knock Springsteen usually have an axe to grind about some other issue, such as Springsteen replacing Dylan or some other crap that doesn't matter. Saying things like "fans ought to get a life," is a good example of that. People who really like Bruce, like Alterman, tend to soft pedal the questionable aspects of his career, and their worship of him comes through like glossy paint.
I'm still waiting for the definitive biography of Bruce Springsteen, this is not it.
In addition, as a fan I was able to learn a lot about the man that I had recently come to admire as an artist. I learned about his upbringing, influences, recording process and began to piece together the man that I come to know as a very important figure in rock culture and in my own life. In coupling a biography with his own personal stories Alterman helps to tell the story of Springsteen while also shedding light on what the life of a fan is and the effect that he has on so many people in America and across the world. Sure sometimes it might sound like he's gushing but if you're a Springsteen fan you feel like he's right there with you.
The book should have been a lot longer, it always feels as if Altman is just scratching the surface. But the second half of the book does have enough of Altman's valueable insights to make it, in the end, an exciting and inspiring read.
I started off a little frustrated but ended up moved.