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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of the current Brucebooks, 10 Feb 2013
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Having recently read all three of the current Springsteen biographies, this stands out as the pick. While not as obsessively detailed as Clinton Heylin's effort, nor as rich in personal anecdotes as the Carlin book, Marc Dolan strikes the best balance. His analysis of the social and political environment of Springsteen's work is often surprising in how effectively it places the songs into context; the discussion of the relative value of unreleased and alternative songs is thoughtful; and above all, the story he tells of Springsteen's career is well-reasoned and almost error-free. It doesn't get bogged down in chasing all the "what might have been" alternatives but focuses on the work, and Springsteen's personal reaction to both internal and external situations. It's a great read and substantiates the high regard for Springtseen's acclaimed 40-year career. If you're onlu going to buy one Bruce books, this is the one to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, 20 Aug 2012
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I reaally enjoyed reading this. Lots of information and interesting theories about Springsteen's work. I'ts a shame though it doesn't include any views on the latest record.
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Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll
Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll by Marc Dolan (Paperback - 26 April 2013)
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