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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471112349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471112348
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is a painstakingly researched book and based on for the first time interviews with Springsteen's family and friends as well as the Boss himself. To that extent it is the first authorised account for a decade. It sweeps through a career that began with Springsteen singing Twist and Shout at the Elks Club in Freehold, New Jersey, and ended in stadium and megastardom... Other rock stars of Springsteens' vintage have commissioned ghost-written autobiographies to put their own gloss on things. Instead, this is a warts-and-all account that includes Springsteen's flashes of temper when things didn't go his way... The strength of Carlin's account is unravelling some of the folklore.' --Nick Rufford, Sunday Times 'Peter Ames Carlin's new book is the first in 25 years to have been written with the co-operation of Springsteen. Previous biographies have tended towards closely argued adulation but Carlin has not been blinded by his access to Springsteen… Carlin has to sift what is real from what is, in Springsteen's words, just a brilliant disguise…' - Sarfraz Manzoor, Daily Telegraph 'Featuring extensive interviews with the man himself, BRUCE is definitely the one for the regular fan on the street. It's conventional but well written and jaw-dropping in its research. Springsteen is an impressively articulate interviewee but what sets BRUCE apart is the fact that Carlin seems to have succeeded in interviewing more or less anyone who has ever met Springsteen... - and synthesises all into one weighty, fact focused, readable and non-hagiographic tome.' - Andrzej Lubowski, Metro 'Jarrold Choice…With unprecedented access to Springsteen, Carlin presents a riveting and personal account of Springsteen's life' - Eastern Daily Press 'Focuses on the man and his music with the author gaining unprecedented access for this definite biog' - Brian Donaldson, The List" --Sunday Times

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Peter Ames Carlin was born in Syracuse, NY, in 1963. He is the author of Catch A Wave: The Rise,Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney: A Life. He lives with his wife and three children in Portland, Oregon.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By michael j(Newcastle Upon Tyne) on 1 Nov 2012
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Just finished this well written and researched biography of Bruce Springsteen,and in my opinion
is the best biography of Bruce Springsteen written so far.
It offers up new information into the motivations and writing of Bruce Springsteen the artist,
while also offering up new revelations to what drove Bruce the individual to succeed in the world of rock n roll.
As a Springsteen fan the other thing I like about the book is that Carlin has not written another fan worship biography
(as so many biographies seem to be these days)but a well rounded, interesting and exciting read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Clarkson on 4 Aug 2013
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This is simple to review. If you love Bruce Springsteen's music and your adult life is intertwined with his songs, you have to read this comprehensive biography of the man. For added effect I decided to listen to the music I was reading about him making , which further enriched the experience. Also, understanding better what was on his mind at the time of his recordings opened up new avenues of my appreciation of the songs. Peter Carlin does a brilliant job and his writing is excellent. Bruce fans...this is essential reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil H on 1 Aug 2013
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I have read many Springsteen biographies, especially the Dave Marsh brace. This is a different kettle of fish completely - Bruce is painted here as a meticulous control freak with little respect for his E Street bandmates or his romantic ex-partners. The music comes first, second and third in this warts n' all biography, which pulls no punches.

To my mind, I would prefer some balance in the good things he has done, rather than dwelling on just the bad. Also, for a 436 page book, it spends around 200 pages covering up to and including the "Born to Run" era. This means that the book is terribly lopsided in its focus - the early years are covered exhaustively, but it leaves less than 236 pages to cover the remainder of his career (around 38 years!)

This gives the book a bit of a rushed feel, which is a shame because a biography that took the same care as the early years would be a) multi-part and b) the most indepth biography ever written.

Don't get me wrong, the book almost reads itself, it is so good and it has a lot of anecdotes which are revelatory.

I bought it at its original price and it was well worth the money. At £4.99, it is a steal. Get it quick before they put the price back up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wee Charlie on 7 Dec 2012
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Biographies by fans can sometimes be overly gushing, and it's pretty obvious that Peter Carlin is a fan, but he manages to avoid falling into the "fan trap" too much. Having enjoyed Springsteen's music for almost 40 years, this is my first time reading a biography about him.

I enjoyed the history itself; the names and backgrounds of the people involved in the early days in particular. The book provided a useful insight into what makes Bruce Springsteen "tick", and how his relationships with those around him have evolved. He doesn't always come across as the most likeable of people, but a hugely interesting one just the same. Glad I bought it.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on 16 Nov 2012
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Before I start - I hold my hands up here - I'm the UK editor for this book. But check me out, I've not written an amazon review for many years, that was on a book I hadn't worked on, and I'm writing one now, not because I'm an editor, but because I'm a fan. Springsteen fans, and music fans in general, are notorious for trumpeting to the world the details of their obsession. I am no different. I first listened to Thunder Road, off the live album, when I was 14/15 years old. My friends were listening to The Thompson Twins, Deacon Blue, Simple Minds and Morrissey. I got hooked on Springsteen. Since then I've listened to everything he's ever produced, watched all the films, been to many concerts, hooked my own kids on him, and read everything there's been to read - and I just need to say that this is the best, most interesting and exciting book that's ever been written about him. Its detailed, yes, but never at the expense of telling a good and meaningful story. Its full of stories, anecdotes, memories that I'd never read about Springsteen before, and not surprisingly given that the author was given, by Springsteen himself, such great access to management, the band members (Carlin had the last interview with Clarence Clemons before he died) friends, girlfriends, and most importantly, family. The photos of Springsteen, the author found on his travels and through his interviews are unique and superb. The era Springsteen grew up in, his own obsession with music, his struggle to break through and then the rise to become perhaps America's foremost musical chronicler of his generation, are beautifully and vividly written about. As with all the best biographies, whoever the subject, at the end of the book I felt I knew the subject so much better. Its a great book, and I'm not just saying that...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Musicfan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug 2014
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I have books on Springsteen by Marsh (clearly a fan and not objective), Heylin ((E Street Shuffles- more of a track listing of various performances than a biography), Outerman (its ok), Sandford (Point Blank - hard going!) and various others and all are ok but lack something. All the books I have read on Springsteen have left me feeling less than satisified and thinking THE book has not yet been written. This book has changed that feeling. It is well researched. It has insight from the many interviews. It is well written. it is informative. It is a very good read. It is the best book and the best written book on Bruce I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would like to have seen a discography and some details on chart success but that is a minor point as that informaiton is available elsewhere. if you want a good book and a very good read on Springsteen this is the one. Highly recommended.
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