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Marsh captures the excitement of Springsteen's live performances, but what comes through strongest is his portrait of Springsteen's integrity in an often corrupting rock world.
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The first tome covered Bruce's career up to "The River", the second his explosion into the public awareness caused by "Born In The USA".
Now, with some judicious paring and streamlining, Marsh has crafted an account of an impossibly passionate and driven man, who knew as a teenager what he wanted to do, and proceeded against all odds to do exactly that.
The book is inspirational much in the same way Springsteen's music is inspirational. Bruce can somehow evoke universal feelings, or make broad statements, by using precise lyrics with cinematic musical accompaniment. The Springsteen saga from small town New Jersey to international fame (and not insignificantly, back to New Jersey) is not exactly "rags to riches" or "the little engine that could", but it's sure close.
Springsteen the man (as opposed to the musician) is depicted not as a saint, perhaps, but certainly virtuous and often quietly heroic. Allowing for a modicum of journalistic variability, the accounts surrounding his initial entry into the "music business", the career-stalling lawsuit of the mid-seventies, and the relatively "brave" idea to release a demo tape of haunting tunes essentially "as is", all create an image of an artist "sticking to his guns".
Springsteen feels authentic, fresh...real. His efforts towards the needy, the Veterans, the homeless, the hungry were not promotional gimmicks, but clearly based on the belief that "nobody wins unless everybody wins", an idea found throughout the book.Read more ›
Marsh's book often goes way overboard in its praise of Bruce's music, while rarely if ever addressing some of the common complaints many have had with the repetitive nature and theme's found therein. It would have made a much better book if some balance had been brought to the subject.
Its still a worthwhile read, but it only tells half the story. Perhaps someday we can get the rest.
Now, the negatives. The book claims to be "The Definitive Biography, 1972-2003," yet it barely covers anything after 1986. Hey, that's 18 years ago; has so little happened in Bruce's life and music since then? In addition, I found the book to be a little repetitive at times, particularly in the introductory sections. But the most important criticism I've got is that, with the exception of "The Rising," the book largely ignores Springsteen's post-"Born in the USA" career: "Tunnel of Love," "Lucky Town," "Human Touch," "The Ghost of Tom Joad." These are all basically glossed over in a rushed, short, final couple of chapters. As much as I hate to say it, this makes me suspect that the publication of "Two Hearts," and its release just in time for the Christmas shopping season 2003, was in large part an excuse (by Dave Marsh?) to make a few bucks and to cash in on the post-"Rising" surge of interest in Springsteen.Read more ›
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This is an extremely well written book. My best recommendation is as you read the book, listen to each of the albums as they are discussed in the book and will give you a really... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Paul Meehan
Good fulfillment. Product performs exactly as described and expected. No problems of any type. I would order this product again. I have not read the book yet.Published on June 16, 2013 by doctorgus
The title is more than a bit deceptive as this book avoids detail's of Bruces's personal life as Marsh has done before. Makes me think of the movie about Johnny Cash. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by JayJay
Good Book bought it used , came in nice condition, still reading it..big book with tons of information. My older eyes need a rest ..but I am glad I got it......Published on March 26, 2013 by DaniCarleenNJ
I love Bruce Springsteen, I have since I was a kid. I never had any desire to read a book about him, but I gave it a try nonetheless. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Liam Bussell
The book is quite interesting. I think the substance is great for casual and new Springsteen fans. But the editing of the Kindle edition is shamefully sloppy. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by JH Williams
...not so definitive..but like it is written...it will have to do til Bruce writes his own autobiography. Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by Amazon Customer
To paraphrase the blurb on the backcover, 'until Springsteen writes his own story this will have to do. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Cujo Wilson
item rec'd in good readable condition, just as promised. very happy with this transaction. thanks!Published on July 24, 2010 by jmdangelo