Bruce by Peter Carlin (Bruce Springsteen Biography)
Bruce means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. His legacy and its impact on American society is as big as any musician. This book paints a good picture of who he really is. ….. News flash…. even heroes aren’t perfect (Bruce has struggled with depression since the mid eighties… really? Bruce?) … That said…. I have a greater appreciation for Bruce and his music after reading this book. I enjoyed it.
Of course, whenever you read these books, it’s impossible not to revisit the music. Some quick thoughts on that:
1. The Wild, The Innocent, & the E-Street Shuffle – His best in my opinion. My Mom used to play this record when I was a little kid. It’s fun, party music, which I still prefer to serious, political Bruce.
2. Born in the U.S.A. – Anyone who grew up in the 80’s knows every song on this and more than likely loves all of them.
3. Born to Run – Just as good as Born in the U.S.A. if not better. This is where his popularity blew up and never came down.
Honorable mention- Bruce and the E Street Band shine live. Their CD, Hammersmith Odeon- Live 1975 is great.