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Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe by [Rose, Caryn]
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Caryn Rose paints a definitive portrait of Bruce Springsteen's current relationship with his European fans (and the fans with him) in Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe. Rose's encyclopedic knowledge of Springsteen's music and mythology combined with her keen critical eye and estimable storytelling skill make this a must-read for any music fan. --David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

YOU'LL LIKE THIS BOOK IF: You can't get enough Bruce, you've always been curious about the European concert experience or you want to compare her observations with your own. This is not the upcoming Peter Carlin Ames epic biography, "Bruce." This is one experienced, educated fan's experience. --The Record/

About the Author

Caryn Rose is a Brooklyn-based writer and novelist who documents rock and roll, baseball and urban life. She has been writing about Bruce Springsteen for over 30 years, and has been a regular contributor to Backstreets Magazine since 2003. Her first novel, B-sides and Broken Hearts, was published in 2011, and her second novel, You Can't Predict Baseball, is slated for release in the Spring of 2013. Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan In Europe is her first non-fiction book. You can follow her online at or on Twitter @carynrose.

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  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
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  • Publisher: Till Victory Press (September 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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In terms of popular music writing, Caryn Rose is something of a unicorn--a fan who can also be critical. Trust me, there aren't as many people out there like this as you might think. The fans tend to be all-accepting, and the critics can often be shockingly superficial. Rose has been following Bruce Springsteen for decades now and knows his work as well as anyone, but she has some very definite opinions about what works and what doesn't. Those opinions are highly individual, not at all a product of groupthink, and they are informed by her love and knowledge of artists other than Springsteen too.

This points to another way in which she is a unique music writer: she doesn't have a Golden Age, any Golden Age, to which she hearkens back. For Rose, there is great rock 'n' roll, live and recorded, in every era. You just have to listen with both joy and care. I don't always agree with her, but she makes me think about my own opinions, my own musical tastes, and that usually makes me want to go back and listen with fresh ears.

Much has been written this year (cough cough, David "Bobo" Brooks) about Springsteen in Europe vs. Springsteen in the US. In "Raise Your Hand," Rose reports live from the belly of the beast, or in this case the GA pit. As always, her mind and her viscera are equally engaged, and this brief book is the best intelligent-fan's-eye account I have ever read of a rock 'n' roll tour. That doesn't surprise me, of course, since I consider Rose's "B-Sides and Broken Hearts" one of the most successful rock 'n' roll novels ever.

Read this book to learn about Springsteen at 62; read it to learn about the fate of classic rock in the 21st century; read it to learn about a sprawling megatour in the time of the declining Euro--just read it. Rose will make you smile, feel, and think.
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In 104 actual pages, Caryn Rose makes a convincing case for the divergent interests of US and European rock audiences, shadowing Springsteen and the E Street Band across Europe on their Wrecking Ball tour. From Paris and Prague to London and Dublin, Rose creates brief concert memoirs with a focus on vignettes. She illustrates how very different the EU eye and ear are -- psychographically and demographically -- from American audiences. The Americans, driven more by commercialism, easily distracted, more spotty in cultural literacy, seem oafish compared to the Europeans-- at least in this particular work.

Having seen the Wrecking Ball Tour two weeks ago in America, I found our audience of 20,000 far more participant, respectful and exuberant than Rose's characterization. Still, Rose knows her topic, and has seen enough Springsteen through her editorial work in BACKSTREETS, to admit exceptions to her rules.

She is a brisk, economical writer with a wonderful eye for detail and thirst to learn more about the sites she visits. She treats Springsteen and the Band with respect instead of adoration, and through her shadow experiment, emphasizes what a positive, potent force these fine musicians are at their best.

More a series of essays, or a brief collection of articles than a "book," the author errs by writing such a brief work about such a large topic. I felt shorted. I had too many unanswered questions, and was put off to find that 20% of the text was a pitch for Rose's upcoming novel. Not a smart choice in this case.

Still, RAISE YOUR HAND is an inexpensive, well-produced, must-have for any Springsteen fan. Had this been a longer work, or had Rose created a longer collective work including some of her own essays, this might have been a really significant read.

Buy it if you enjoy well-crafted rock journalism, and keep an eye on this writer,especially her non-fiction. I expect to see her name again on a far more substantial book.
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I found Caryn Rose at a few years ago and really fell in love with her writing style. Although I'm definitely a baseball fan, I'm not a Mets fan and yet her blog became required reading for me. She has a rare talent where she can write about something you think you have no interest in and before you know it she has completely pulled you into her world. So, although I can't classify myself as a tremendous Springsteen fan, I wasn't surprised that I really enjoyed "Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe", but I was surprised at how MUCH I enjoyed it.

Not only is it a wonderful glimpse into the way Europeans celebrate both Bruce Springsteen and live music but it's a handy how-to for folks interesting in taking on the same adventure that Caryn and her companion Glenn took on this summer. Most impressively, for me, is how Caryn Rose tells a story. I didn't recognize half the songs she mentions Bruce singing and yet she made me understand clearly what they mean to the fans. (It also compelled me hit iTunes for a few downloads.)

You don't have to be a fan of The Boss to appreciate and enjoy this book. You just have to want to read a fascinating tale of a unique and exhilarating experience from an intimate point of view. After reading this book, I felt like I had been to Europe, slept in the mud, eaten ham sandwiches and witnessed Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney on stage together.

There have been many books I've read and immediately regretted spending the time on...this is not one of those books.
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