- Series: The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Praeger (December 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0275989380
- ISBN-13: 978-0275989385
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,826,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection) Hardcover – December 30, 2006
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"This is a musical biography of rock singer Bruce Springsteen that travels chronologically through the artist's many albums examining Springsteen's creative processes of songwriting, performing, and recording. The author discusses cultural and social contexts for Springsteen's music, lyrical themes and motifs, musical analysis, and musical and lyrical influences." - Reference & Research Book News
"Other books have covered the life and works of popular musician Bruce Springsteen, but few offer the depth of analysis and critical assessment of The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen, which opens with a brief biography, before it turns to the heart of the matter: all of his significant albums, in chronological order, which provide a musical analysis of themes, motifs, and underlying ideas. College-level students of popular music will appreciate the attention to detail and the insights which lend to a far greater appreciation for Bruce Springsteen's works." - Midwest Book Review - The Bookwatch
"The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen, by Rob Kirkpatrick, offers a fresh, compelling look at The Boss's art, his life, and even his country. After a brief biographical treatment, Kirkpatrick offers a guide to Springsteen's lyrical themes and motifs, offering coherent insights into the complicated nature of the artist's underlying concerns, influences, and ideas. The book also considers Springsteen's legacy as a songwriter and musician. A bibliography and complete discography complete the volume." - Library Media Connection
"The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen provides a comprehensive, insightful overview of Springsteen's prodigious catalogue of music. Rob Kirkpatrick's rich narrative sheds new light on the songs that have become a soundtrack for the American experience." (Mark K. Updegrove, Author of Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House, Formerly publisher of Newsweek and MTV Magazine)
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Top Customer Reviews
Rather than focusing on Bruce as an pop icon, the book looks at his songs, his albums, how they were written, what they mean and how each song fits into the theme of the album.
It also suggests that each album is a building block for the next album,
that all Bruce's albums are connected.
The Words and Music Of Bruce Springsteen may not be for the casual fan looking for another fan's view of the boss.
It is an exhaustive look at the creative process of writing songs as individual pieces yet all connected to a larger theme.
Each song within the album is an individual scene from a movie. Each arranged to take you further on a ride toward the climax.
For the true Springsteen fan (or for those interested in the creative process of developing concept albums)this book is an absolute must.
It is one of the best books I've read about Springsteen.