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Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader Paperback – April 6, 2004
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It goes much deeper.
It is a series of very insightful articles pinpointing the appeal Bruce has for so many of his fans.
He is a mega star but it is his struggle to remain normal and humble that is at the heart of this book.
For the casual fan, If you truly want to know why his fans are so intense, this is the book to read.
For his fans that have always tried to figure out why we are so intense, this book puts all that into perspective better than any other.
"I knew he [the young narrator's father] was into your music a lot. He never listened to it much in the house, mostly when he was driving the old van we used to have. Mostly then by himself. The four of us were in the van once and he put on Nebraska. Mom made him take it off because, she said, it sounded too depressing. He sort of grunted something about she didn't know what good music was and popped out the tape. She said if you're going to spend money we can't afford on music, then you might as well spend it on something that'll cheer you up. He ignored her."
Now tell me - is there a Bruce fan alive that can't relate to that?
Though I would have liked to have seen Tama Janowitz' "You And The Boss" and Richard Meltzer's "The Meaning of Bruce" (both collected in Clinton Heylin's Penguin Book Of Rock & Roll Writing, if you're interested) included for balance, this is a solid anthology of writings on Bruce, and recommended if you're a fan.
PS Also recommended if you're a fan of great music writing (or great writing, period): Lester Bangs' Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor Dung and Mainlines, Blood Feasts, And Bad Taste.
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In this book, June Sawyers has assembled a wonderful variety of Springsteen articles from as far back as 1973. Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz
A must read for all fans of the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. I especially enjoyed the interview sections. They were the highlight of this book. Read morePublished on December 25, 2007 by Gerard F. Zemek
Racing in the Street is a great book and a must for every Springsteen fan.Published on February 5, 2005 by Eric Kent