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The Gospel according to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption, from Asbury Park to Magic Paperback – June 16, 2008
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But for those of us who do think this much about this stuff -- we know who we are -- this detailed, thoughtful analysis is a welcome and thought-provoking look at the words of an important artist whose work has and continues to resonate on a spiritual level.
If there's an underlying philosophy that Symynkywicz points to in Springsteen's work, it's that we have to bring our own "love and joy" to our lives. "Nothing will change if we put all our hopes for salvation outside of ourselves," Symynkywicz writes, "if we waste the whole summer waiting `for a savior to rise from these streets.'"
There's a fair amount of lyrical analysis, some of it fairly obvious to anyone who's listened to these songs carefully (meaning most people who'd be interested in this book). But more interesting, to me at least, were Symynkywicz's looks at the underlying religious implications of some of the songs, including references to scripture. The allusions are intriguing, and make you want to listen to these songs again, either to try to hear what Symynkywicz hears or to dismiss it as a lot of hooey.
That's most true in the book's section on "The Rising," one of Springsteen's most spiritual albums.Read more ›
Now, let me explain what this IS and why it's a gift to all of us from the author, a Harvard-educated scholar of religion who is pastor of a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Massachusetts: This book is a spiritual memoir of living with Springsteen's music as part of our spiritual soundtrack for a third of a century.
You probably can sing some of his songs without accompaniment and, when certain songs pop up unexpectedly, they evoke all sorts of memories, don't they?
This book invites us to walk with the author through all those years with Springsteen -- one album after another -- and contemplate his spiritual insights and how they connect with our lives to this day.
It ends with a fascinating Ten Commandments (suggestions really) of Springsteen's gospel.
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Very informative book. I loved reading it! Read so fast, I couldn't put it down!!! I'm a huge Bruce fan and would recommend this to any fan as well!!Published on November 11, 2013 by Diane
My son is a very big fan of Bruce Springsteen and was so pleased to receive this book for his birthday.Published on December 12, 2012 by Binky
This product was very disappointing. I expected more theory in the book. Compared to other Springsteen books, not worth the moneyPublished on December 5, 2012 by Drl53
Bought as a gift, the person said it was not real well written, not what they expected. It had no religious base.Published on February 18, 2012 by 11mile
One does not have to be a die-hard Springsteen fan to enjoy this thought-provoking study of each of Bruce's albums from Greetings from Asbury Park in 1973 to Magic. Read morePublished on March 9, 2009 by Mary Jane Johnson
Unfortunately the best part of this book is its cover. It all goes downhill from there. It is a very superficial look at the prose and poetry of Bruce Springsteen. Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by Jonathan Hanfling