Top critical review
Bruce good, book bad. Americans may understand it. Not all bad though.
on 4 July 2016
I like Bruce Springsteen a lot and had hoped to learn more about him in this book. Sadly, it seems to be written more for musicians than ordinary people. I do not understand the terms musicians use, and the book is full of names of heads of record companies and others in the music industry which mean nothing to me. I am struggling less than half way through as it is so repetitive; travelling around America in old vehicles, hiring and firing members of the band who worked hard to make the future good, gave up their old jobs to follow Bruce, then he would change his mind and do something else, go off to make a new different band and leave them behind.
It does not, so far paint a good picture of Mr Springsteen and I would not have condoned this book if I were him.
I will continue to look for more meaningful books about him, but this is just about people in the industry.
Also I cannot stand American terms and phrases, so most of them are meaningless in UK English. I haven't a clue what they are saying, only a born American could work it out.
NOW Later: I have finished the book.having stuck with it to find out more about Bruce. Comparing the choices of books available about the MAN and E street Band I have not found any that promise to do better so downloaded a couple of samples to see. Mr Carlin has worked hard and obtained a great deal of information but I still wish the same Album Titles were not repeated so often, there is name dropping on most pages, and I cannot blame an American writing in American English. A translation would have been good though to be able to understand quite a lot of it.