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"Legends have a way of growing every time they're told. This time, the tales of rock and roll history are brought to life by a legend himself, Clarence Clemons. Big Man relives Clemons's story in a unique personal narrative that's bound in both history and folklore. This is an essential read for any music lover."
--President Bill Clinton

"Big Man takes you on an outrageous journey with one of the most charismatic, gracious, kind and talented men of our time. This peek into the world of Clarence is full of fun and laughter, which is exactly what this guy is all about. He's a genuine soul worth his weight in gold. That's why he's been an inspiration to me for years and years, and his incredible music brings great joy to my heart. His role in the E Street Band helped place him and the band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...right where he belongs."
--Pat Riley, NBA Hall Of Fame coach

"Big Man is one of the greatest books about a big black man ever written. If you want to get really close to a big black man without getting punched in the face, this book's for you!"
--Chris Rock

"The feeling I get watching Clarence walk to center stage to play his sax must be similar to the feeling a Yankee fan had watching Babe Ruth walk to home plate: you're sure a big man is about to do something that's gonna make you cheer louder than you ever have before. This great book makes that feeling even stronger. Now excuse me while I drive my sleek machine over the Jersey state line."
--Artie Lange, New Jersey native, E-Street fanatic, and New York Times bestselling author of Too Fat To Fish

"Big Man is too funny, soulful, outrageous and wise to have been written by two people. I suspect Don Reo is an invented character. A mystical book, an oddly beautiful book, a wonderful book."
--Kinky Friedman

Présentation de l'éditeur

For the first time ever comes the inside story of Clarence "Big Man" Clemons--his life before, during and beyond the E-Street Band, including unbelievable, never-before-told adventures with Bruce Springsteen, the band, and an incredible cast of other famous characters recounted by himself and his best friend, television writer/ producer Don Reo.

Here are just a few things you'll get from reading it:
  • The truth behind the final hours of making Born To Run
  • The real story of how the E-Street Band got its name
  • What happened when Clarence and Ringo Starr were sitting in a hotel room and Clarence got the call that Bruce was breaking up the band
  • How Bruce and Clarence met that dark, stormy night at the Student Prince
  • The E-Street band's show at Sing-Sing prison where all of their equipment blows out right as they take the stage
  • The secret that Robert De Niro told Clarence and Bruce they had to keep for 25 years
But that's merely a glimpse. This is not your average rock book. It is something creative, something unique, something new. It is the story of E-Street. It is the story of stories. It is the story of the Big Man.

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  • Relié: 384 pages
  • Editeur : Grand Central Publishing (21 octobre 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0446546267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446546263
  • Dimensions du produit: 16,5 x 3,2 x 24,1 cm
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Ce livre est à la fois pour les fans de Clarence Clemons et ceux de Bruce Springsteen. C'est l'histoire de sa vie et du monde autour du E-Street Band. C'est la vie de Clarence Clemons mais aussi des étapes importants du groupe et de Springsteen.
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27 internautes sur 29 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A class act! 13 octobre 2009
Par On line shopper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As a Springsteen junkie (more than 100 shows under my belt starting with No Nukes in 1979) I buy lots of these books. Most I scan through and never get to reading all the way through. Even as one who would find what Springsteen eats for breakfast entertaining, I get bored. Not the case with Big Man! I read it in one day. It is truly enjoyable, funny and well written. Clarence's tales are so convincing, I found myself googling Englebert Humperdinck to see if he was still alive! As a black man, that on a given night may perform in front of 50,000 white people and on a good night maybe a dozen black people, he did not set out to prove anything. (Damon Wayons, a friend of Don Reo's comments at his first show that Bruce must be a Sopranos fan since he just spotted Stevie Van Zandt backstage!) Clarence is immensely talented, incredibly likable and really funny. And, he gets 50,000 white people pay money to see him! His stories come off as honest and straight forward. Clarence doesn't offer inside gossip on Bruce and the other band members; he doesn't have to; his stories are more than enough entertainment. There are really great photos that you don't want to miss, so don't opt for the Kindle version. As larger than life as Springsteen is, The Big Man never plays second fiddle. He doesn't do this with ego, but with talent, presence, likeability and a smile that can light up a stadium.

Don Reo's additions are really amusing. He is obviously a very successful man in his on right, and surely has met and hung out with many a celebrity, but offers his observations from a very humble perspective. He gets as excited by the private planes with the band, the backstage access, the inside scoop as any die hard fan would. In many cases he is the fly on the wall that we would all like to be. His perspective on Clarence is that of an old dear friend; by no means a ghost writer.

This book is a really good read, that even a less than obsessed fan could enjoy. I hope Clarence's new knees keep him pain free and performing for many years to come. Springsteen without the Big Man would never be the same!
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Hmmm, well, you see, the problem is....... 16 novembre 2009
Par L. A. Schappert - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've always been a big fan of Clarence, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Come on everyone who's buying the book are. I was excited to read Clarence's book. There is absolutely no question in reading this book that The Big Man is a very intelligent and witty guy. The book is really three books in one. The first book is written by Clarence about Clarence, his life and experiences. The second book is written by Clarence and is partially true and partially fiction. The third is written by the co-author, Clarence's good friend (groupie?) Don Rio. All three books are mixed together. This seems to work for a while and then it stops working quite abruptly.
Here are the problems as I see them: Problem number one is the part of the book that is written by the co-author. I didn't know who Don Rio was, but I sure do now. The thing is, this is a book about Clarence Clemons. Let Mr. Reo write his own book! It's not that I don't care about Mr. Reo, just not in this book. He also goes on and on about how wonderful Clarence is, oh yes, on and on. We already knew this or we probably wouldn't be reading the book. Mind you this is a full third of the book! I becomes quite painful and not just a little annoying. If you do purchase the book, a word of advise, skip the chapters that start with, "Don." The second problem is the "Tall Tales." They are amusing at first and then the name dropping really gets on your nerves and it's not just people in the music business, really odd references and they seem to get longer and longer and your mind starts to wander and zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. The biggest problem with the book is the part that Clarence wrote about his experiences. It's too short. We don't really learn much about him at all. He tells us very little about his childhood. He tells us very little about his relationships or his children. And come on, most of us want to know about his history with Bruce and the E Street band. We get very little of this. I'm not even certain that he mentions everybody by name. Maybe I'm wrong, but there's precious little about the band. What he does tell us about all this stuff just made the situation worse because it was like the first bite of a cookie, but you get no more!
This guy could have written a brilliant autobiography. He really does have a way with words. I certainly don't think he needed help doing so by using a co-author. Or, if he wanted to, he could have written a work of fiction. Maybe he can put out another book called "Big Man, Take 2," and tell us all the things we had hoped to learn about him in this book. I'm really, really disappointed, but I still love the Big Man! See you 11/18!
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A refreshing, hilarious journey through life, love and rock "n" roll 18 octobre 2009
Par Russell Fellezs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Very enjoyable, well written, fresh, laugh out funny. I was hoping it would not be a typical tell all. Having read many tell all books they are stupid and boring. I don't care to know how many chicks the guy screwed our how much he drank or snorted. Big deal, I get it man. Enough already. This is different. It cleverly weaves strories with famous people in and of Big Man's life. Some are true some are not. He tells you that before you read the story. His point being, having already met (or maybe not) the person,-example: Robert DeNiro,Norman Mailer,Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, he paints a picture of what they would say and act in a given situation.It's called storytelling.That's what Bruce Springsteen is, a storyteller. Many have told me they don't "get" Bruce. I tell them he tells stories thats it. Don't think to hard. The stories of he and the E Street Band are wonderful, funny, poignant and refreshing. Don Reo gives great insight as an outsider privileged to "tag along". Buy this book, try not to read it all in one sitting. You will feel empty when it's over.
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Fantastic Book! 11 octobre 2009
Par J. Force - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've been a fan of Bruce and the band for as long as I can remember. In fact, my yearbook ambition back in the early 80's was to be roadie for the E Street band. Having read this book I feel like I've been given a small glimpse of what that life might be like. Beautifully written, insightful and often downright hilarious this book takes the reader back stage and gives us an insider's view of what is arguably the greatest rock and roll band of all time.

This book is not only about rock and roll but more importantly about friendship. The kind of friendship that comes along very rarely, lasts a lifetime and is a blessing to all those who experience it.

I'll be fortunate enough to attend two more shows in the upcoming week and I can hardly wait! After reading about what Clarence has to go through to get himself up there to perform night after night, I have a whole new respect for him. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to attend a show knows that the "Big Man" is in a class all by himself. His musical talent and stage presence are beyond compare, and now he can hopefully add bestselling author to his list of accomplishments.
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Still rockin' 11 mars 2014
Par WDX2BB - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Martin and Lewis? Defunct. Lennon and McCartney? Didn't happen. Cruise and Kidman? Nope.

It's tough for a couple to stay together. But some have done it. Mick Jaggar and Keith Richards, of course. And then there Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons. Or, if you prefer, and you probably do, the Boss and the Big Man.

Clemons wrote a book about his life appropriately called "Big Man," and it's unique as memoirs go. The literary effort is a bit all over the place, but still manages to be entertaining.

When Springsteen made it big in music around 1977, Clemons quickly became something of a folk hero in the band. He was indeed a big man, having tried to play some semi-pro football in his younger days. His saxophone was often featured in Springsteen's work, helping to give the music a somewhat distinctive sound. His personality also came through nicely in concert, as "The Big Man" became something of an alter ego during shows.

The book is co-written by Don Reo, a man who has done plenty of work in television (writing, producing, etc.) and is a good friend of Clemons. The two trade off in writing anecdotes here. Clemons does most of the writing, and Reo's sections are mostly -- but not exclusively -- about Clemons and the times they had together. There are dozens of chapters here, and they are in no particular order. For those of you who like your stories told in a linear manner, this may not work too well. But overall, it comes off like listening in on an interesting conversation with two old friends -- bouncing from here to there.

Supposedly members of the E Street Band have signed some confidentiality agreements, but Clemons is relatively open when it comes to his own life. Most of the "revelations" are about himself -- multiple wives, drug use, taking advantage of the, um, opportunities that being a rock star can present, etc.

There are a few insights into Clemons musically, as well. He writes about how he was with Ringo Starr in Japan when he got the call in the late 1980's from Springsteen that he was breaking up the band for a while. He discusses how the E Street Band got its name, a great story concerning a former member of the band.

Clemons' health supplies something of a topical ending to the book. During the 2008 "Magic" tour, the Big Man didn't look so good and wasn't his usual active self on stage. Turns out a rock and roll lifestyle took a toll, and he eventually needed operations on his hips and knees. He recovered to tour with the band one more time, but died after that.

There are a couple of drawbacks to the book, and the first is an odd editorial decision. The text is broken up by tales that didn't really happen -- conversations with Robert DeNiro, Norman Mailer, and Kinky Friedman. The book is 364 pages long, and it's a little tough to know what the point was. The true-life adventures are quite enough without added legends.

There's also a little too much of the "Clarence is a really great guy" and "I can't believe I'm traveling with the E Street Band" from Reo. A couple of references would have been plenty.

Nevertheless, Clemons' story is still a brisk one, fun to read with plenty of tales of adventures from the road -- even if you aren't a huge fan of the band. As Springsteen has said about Clemons, "You want to be like him but you can't." "Big Man" is a good way to see what Mr. Clemons was like when he wasn't playing at an arena near you.
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