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Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Audiobook – Unabridged

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I bought this book some time ago but, having read Peter Ames Carlin and Clinton Heylin's biographies back-to-back and then the excellent collection of interviews, 'Talk About A Dream', I needed a break from Bruce books. Having been rejuvenated by Bruce's autobiography, I picked this off my shelf. I am so glad that I did. It is by far the best paced book (so many are so heavily focussed on the early days of Bruce's career - including the two biogs mentioned above), it is detailed (yet not as yawningly so as Heylin's), and critical and challenging when it needs to be (something that lets Ames Carlin's book down) and is in no way as sycophantic as Dave Marsh's volumes. Read in the light of Springsteen's own 'Born to Run', Dolan is shown to be incredibly perceptive. Always aware of the wider context in which Bruce is plying his trade, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll' is an absolute joy to read. I need to re-read Eric Alterman's wonderful little biog again to really be able to make this claim but I think Dolan's work is my favourite Bruce book by far.
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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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I like the book, but a bit too much detail for me.
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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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My husband is a massive Springsteen fan so I thought this would be perfect for his birthday but unfortunately he says it's written in such a boring style it sends him to sleep!
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