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Bruce [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter Ames Carlin
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23 May 2013
After 3 decades of groundbreaking music Bruce Springsteen still manages to amaze audiences around the world with his live shows and bring new fans to his music with every album release. Highly acclaimed music critic Peter Carlin tracks the Boss's dazzling ascent to fame, whilst painting a vivid portrait of the real Springsteen: an insistently private man who nevertheless would do anything for his fans. Recently, in response to his mother's failing health, Springsteen decided he wanted to tell his story, and that he wanted Carlin to tell it. He gave Carlin many hours of interview time, including a trip to his family home, and lett him preview his unreleased album. With unprecedented access to Springsteen, his family, friends and management, Carlin presents a riveting and highly personal account of Springsteen's life.

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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: 19.6 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,142 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Review 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars boss book 1 Dec 2012
Excellent insight in to early Bruce years I have read many books on springsteen I thought there was nothing left to know
This book I discovered more about the boss
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Lopsided, but still excellent 1 Aug 2013
By Phil H
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight 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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crackling, fizzy, exciting biography 16 Nov 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin 23 Mar 2013
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What appears to be a thoroughly researched and honest review. Like all biographies, the author likes his subject and therefore judges him more kindly than others might. However it seems to get behind the driving forces of the subject and gives interesting perspectives - about him, his contacts and previous biographies. It has been well worth reading. Not a book to gobble up in one sitting but one to savour over a number of days. A must for fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book on Bruce Springsteen!
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... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Musicfan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boss
Good read for Bruce Fans.
Published 1 month ago by Marym
4.0 out of 5 stars I did enjoy reading this book
I did enjoy reading this book. I found it informative with plenty of detail about his life in bands. I feel that I know him better after reading it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift
Purchased as a gift for a Springsteen fan, arrived quickly and well packaged. Recipient pleased with it as a gift, still in process of reading it but enjoying it so far.
Published 2 months ago by JulieB
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and exciting
Not a fan based biased read. This is a serious biography showing the good, the bad, and the ugly. A beautiful read.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
A very insightful and well researched book. I definitely would recommend this to any Bruce Springsteen fans who want to learn about how it started.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew J Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Very interesting. Not the kind of book I normally read, but read it as I am a big fan. Would recommend.
Published 4 months ago by James Martin Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
A great read , if you want to know about how Bruce started out , this is worth a read.
Published 5 months ago by stephers
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Published 6 months ago by BRIAN
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about the boss in a long time.
I loved this book, if you are a fan your cannot better this account of the family background of Bruce Springsteen and the assembly of the E Street Band. Read more
Published 6 months ago by No1Bruce fan
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