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Down Thunder Road: The Making of Bruce Springsteen

Down Thunder Road: The Making of Bruce Springsteen [Kindle Edition]

Marc Eliot , Mike Appel
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The book 'The Boss' hoped would never be published — an explosive unauthorized biography written with the help of Mike Appel, Springsteen's former producer/manager. Based on exclusive interviews and previously unreleased material, including depositions from the lawsuit that prevented Springsteen from recording for over a year, Down Thunder Road traces Springsteen's rise to fame and reveals the man behind the myth. Originally published in 1992, this title is now available for the first time in a full-ebook edition with photos, legal documents and memorabilia in high resolution.

LIBARY JOURNAL: "Rock writer Eliot chronicles Springsteen's rise to stardom during the mid-1970s. By effectively patching together lengthy quotes, he outlines the rock star's New Jersey childhood, mentions his first bands, and concentrates on Springsteen's relationship and 1976 split with Appel, who managed the singer/guitarist to his Born To Run (1975) success and whose recollections form the basis of this book."

AUDIO FILE "Eliot's narration is straightforward and well-executed. He jumps nimbly between protagonists with the simplest changes of inflection and intonation - no small feat considering the large amount of directly quoted material, including a highly effective dramatization of court transcripts.......Down Thunder Road proves to be entertaining."

New York Times best-selling author Marc Eliot has had his books translated into more than a dozen languages throughout the world including biographies of Cary Grant, James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Phil Ochs, and Steve McQueen.

Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts - the "Fame" School - received his BA from the City University of New York, CCNY, and his MFA in Writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. He did postgraduate film work at Columbia, studying under Andrew Sarris.

He lectures to classes, at film events, and conventions, speaking about his writing and film. His work has appeared in magazines, both in the United States and abroad, and he is a frequent guest on radio and television and has been featured in various documentaries about film and music. He divides his time among New York City and Woodstock, New York.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10622 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FE6P32K
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2.0 out of 5 stars A very uncomfortable read 26 Aug 2006
I have not yet read Dave Marsh's biographies of Bruce Springsteen (`Glory Days' or `Two Hearts...') because I wanted to avoid the party-line. Now that I've read Elliot's `Down Thunder Road', I will read Marsh's offerings... at some point.

Marc Elliot writes a good narrative, on the whole. But at times it is powerfully (occasionally, even savagely and grotesquely) biased. Unfortunately the narrative is punctuated about half-and-half with verbatim transcripts making the book often resemble a stage or TV script. I imagine this is done to persuade readers of the authenticity of Elliot's account but it makes for a very disjointed work.

This book constitutes a long, very raw attempt by Mike Appel to clear his name after he became known as "the guy who screwed Springsteen". Elliot notes that `... the tragic players in any prolonged conflict are neither heroes nor villains, only victims. Such I believe was the fate of Springsteen, Appel and Landau'. (Although I can't find much that's tragic about Jon Landau's part in this story!)

Appel's gut-wrenching cry for absolution is so great that over 100 pages (more than a quarter of the book) are taken up with photocopies & prints of all the legal documents, contracts, financial statements, letters, etc. that pertain to the Springsteen/Appel association - about five years' worth. And this illustrates what makes this book such an uncomfortable read: we would have accepted Appel's acquittal plea inside fifty pages - four-hundred is just overkill. I ended up feeling that this episode was not just tragic, but almost pathetically sad for both Mike Appel and Bruce Springsteen.

There are bright spots (like when Bruce gave Mike Appel's son his leather jacket from the `Born in the USA' tour - *that* jacket!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing journey into artist development 26 May 2000
By Hintzy, Stan - Published on
Down Thunder Road is presented on the back cover as somehow contreversial and anti-Springsteen. Well, as a Springsteen fan, I did not found this book outrageous at all, but on the contrary fascinating. It is an amazing journey in the development of a new artist that will eventually become a popular music icon. Down Thunder Road is not only the recount of an adventure, it is also a music business case, full with a copy of the contracts, record company memos and court orders. Fascinating !
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appel''s version of events 31 May 2009
By Carmarthen - Published on
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The famous split between Appell and Springsteen, who opted to have Jon Landau at his side.

The book is well balanced and, of course, it has Appel's version of events. But it's not, by any meands, biased. The writer gives a balanced narrative of the vents that culminated ina a long legal battle that almost put Bruce's career to a ignominious halt.

A good and fast read (if you do not spend time reading the tons of legal papaers printed in the last part of the book!)
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 17 July 2014
By Julie Duncan - Published on
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You have to love Bruce.
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worthless junk 21 July 2005
By radioguy - Published on
Read the Library Journal review above. They've got it right. This is junk, pure and simple - a hack job designed to let Mike Appel, one of the vilest men in the music business, whine about Bruce. There is no substance here, no real thought, certainly no real biography. I wish I could give it zero stars - even that is more than it deserves.
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