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Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales Paperback – November 22, 2010
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--President Bill Clinton
"Big Man takes you on an outrageous journey with one of the most charismatic, gracious, kind and talented men of our time. This peek into the world of Clarence is full of fun and laughter, which is exactly what this guy is all about. He's a genuine soul worth his weight in gold. That's why he's been an inspiration to me for years and years, and his incredible music brings great joy to my heart. His role in the E Street Band helped place him and the band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...right where he belongs."
--Pat Riley, NBA Hall Of Fame coach
"Big Man is one of the greatest books about a big black man ever written. If you want to get really close to a big black man without getting punched in the face, this book's for you!"
"The feeling I get watching Clarence walk to center stage to play his sax must be similar to the feeling a Yankee fan had watching Babe Ruth walk to home plate: you're sure a big man is about to do something that's gonna make you cheer louder than you ever have before. This great book makes that feeling even stronger. Now excuse me while I drive my sleek machine over the Jersey state line."
--Artie Lange, New Jersey native, E-Street fanatic, and New York Times bestselling author of Too Fat To Fish
"Big Man is too funny, soulful, outrageous and wise to have been written by two people. I suspect Don Reo is an invented character. A mystical book, an oddly beautiful book, a wonderful book."
Top Customer Reviews
Don Reo's additions are really amusing. He is obviously a very successful man in his on right, and surely has met and hung out with many a celebrity, but offers his observations from a very humble perspective. He gets as excited by the private planes with the band, the backstage access, the inside scoop as any die hard fan would. In many cases he is the fly on the wall that we would all like to be.Read more ›
Here are the problems as I see them: Problem number one is the part of the book that is written by the co-author. I didn't know who Don Rio was, but I sure do now. The thing is, this is a book about Clarence Clemons. Let Mr. Reo write his own book! It's not that I don't care about Mr. Reo, just not in this book. He also goes on and on about how wonderful Clarence is, oh yes, on and on. We already knew this or we probably wouldn't be reading the book. Mind you this is a full third of the book! I becomes quite painful and not just a little annoying. If you do purchase the book, a word of advise, skip the chapters that start with, "Don." The second problem is the "Tall Tales." They are amusing at first and then the name dropping really gets on your nerves and it's not just people in the music business, really odd references and they seem to get longer and longer and your mind starts to wander and zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. The biggest problem with the book is the part that Clarence wrote about his experiences. It's too short. We don't really learn much about him at all. He tells us very little about his childhood.Read more ›
It's tough for a couple to stay together. But some have done it. Mick Jaggar and Keith Richards, of course. And then there Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons. Or, if you prefer, and you probably do, the Boss and the Big Man.
Clemons wrote a book about his life appropriately called "Big Man," and it's unique as memoirs go. The literary effort is a bit all over the place, but still manages to be entertaining.
When Springsteen made it big in music around 1977, Clemons quickly became something of a folk hero in the band. He was indeed a big man, having tried to play some semi-pro football in his younger days. His saxophone was often featured in Springsteen's work, helping to give the music a somewhat distinctive sound. His personality also came through nicely in concert, as "The Big Man" became something of an alter ego during shows.
The book is co-written by Don Reo, a man who has done plenty of work in television (writing, producing, etc.) and is a good friend of Clemons. The two trade off in writing anecdotes here. Clemons does most of the writing, and Reo's sections are mostly -- but not exclusively -- about Clemons and the times they had together. There are dozens of chapters here, and they are in no particular order. For those of you who like your stories told in a linear manner, this may not work too well. But overall, it comes off like listening in on an interesting conversation with two old friends -- bouncing from here to there.
Supposedly members of the E Street Band have signed some confidentiality agreements, but Clemons is relatively open when it comes to his own life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an entertaining book and appears to be written from the heart. My favorite passage is the one involving Clemens and Groucho Marx in the phone booth. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Norma S. Galindo
Fantastic book. I have it in hardcover - which I don't think you can get any more and bought the paperback for my boyfriend. I am confident that he will like it as well.Published 12 months ago by Ellen
The absolute BEST "musician book" I have ever read, It is full of humor and real life experiences of one of the greatest musicians in America..Published 13 months ago by Dale Plumb
Did you ever order a Maryland crab cake, then bite into it and find out that three quarters of it is breading? That pretty much describes the disappointment of this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ronzo Garbonzo
a fantastic story and no one else could tell it better then the big man himselfPublished 23 months ago by john daly
couldn't put it down some tall tales but believable what world this guy's live in unreal money fame adulation girlsPublished on February 12, 2014 by Kindle Customer