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Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Hardcover – September 28, 2006
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If you are a Bruce Tramp like myself for 34+ years, you must purchase this book. I know that's what the people trying to sell the book always say, but in this case that's the best I can tell you. I don't care if you are like me and have nearly everything that has been printed on Bruce and The E Street Band, and Bruce's other bands, this book is absolutely like no other. When you initially open it you will go "Wow!". First of all, it comes in a slipcase,(the editorials about the book didn't tell you this) is so great that you think you're holding an old-time vaudeville type trunk in your hands. Then, when you open it and start looking at the pictures(I haven't had a chance to read any of it yet-I just received it today), you will laugh at alot of the pictures you've never seen before, and alot of them will bring back so many memories. A couple of the the ones on the front cover are so funny - it's like Bruce is saying, while posing for these pictures, "Man, I'm so bored with this whole thing". But, they are so great. The facsimile pullouts are priceless, to say the least. In closing I have to tell you that if I'd have passed on buying this book, then saw it, and let's pretend that you couldn't get it anymore, I'd have felt that my Springsteen collection had a huge hole in it. Please, do yourself a favor. Order this book if you haven't already. You won't regret even one penny that you spent on it.
"Greetings from E Street" (91 pages) is a loving look back to how Bruce and the E Street rose from very humble beginnings in New Jersey to the world stars they'd eventually become, both in text and pictures, but also with lots of faithfully reproduced artifacts such as early programs, back stage passes, setlists (handwritten by Bruce), a coctail napkin from the Stone Pony, newspaper reviews, concert programs, stickers, 2 fold-out concert posters (one from the very early days when they toured as Steelmill), and on and on. The pictures are outstanding, and of course most intruiging from the early days.
This book is not similar to "The Beatles Anthology" or the more recent "U2 by U2" books. It's not meant to be the definitive account of Springsteen or the E Street Band. Yet it brings a lot of insights, and the artifacts are irresitable. Fun and recommended not just for Boss fans, but for all rock history buffs.
It's truly high quality workmanship, and along with many other musical treasures (Johnny Cash's Unearthed and the Atlantic R&B sets, to name just a couple), we decided that we need to be thankful that people take the time to put this kind of thing together for fans.
I'd have paid a hundred bucks for this. I can't believe it's so reasonably priced.
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