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Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs [Format Kindle]

Jim Beviglia

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For 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has held center stage as the quintessential American rock and roll artist, expressing the hopes and dreams of the American everyman and every woman through his vast array of insightful and inspirational songs. In Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs, rock writer Jim Beviglia dares to rank his finest songs in descending order from the 100th to his no. 1 greatest song.

In this unique book, Beviglia reflects not only on why each song has earned its place on list but lays out the story behind each of the 100, supplying fresh insights on the musical and lyrical content of Springsteen's remarkable body of work.
Counting Down Bruce Springsteen brings together critical historical and biographical information to explain the making and importance of each song to its listeners, painting a fascinating portrait of Springsteen as a major American songwriter and consummate recording artist.

Counting Down Bruce Springsteen is the perfect playlist builder, whether it is for the diehard fan or the newbie just getting acquainted with the work of the Boss!

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 220 pages
  • Editeur : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (4 juin 2014)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Really A Must Have For Fans (<- great gift idea) 25 août 2014
Par E. K. B. - Publié sur
Emily Blunt over at www.BluntReview (dot) com says: America's George M. Cohan, Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. What do these timeless songsters have in common? Each has created important American anthems that entertain while capturing a Nation's moods; ebbs and flow. And two of the music makers have a song-by-song biographer in author Jim Beviglia.

Here, in his latest Counting Down (his last was Dylan) he talks about one hundred of Springsteen's songs with researched knowledge. Unlike, say, that crapfest on Clash songs were the writer just opinionated to and fro spewing words like one of those spinning paint machine a child uses to create "art".

There are 100 songs, from little known (en masse) to the radio toppers. And, for the sake of being to the point, there are two that can give a fan reason enough to covet this book: The Wrestler, and Born in the USA.

Beviglia, as with each title, shares insight into the song, and his opinion. Here, in The Wrestler, song-wise is the visceral process the movie-soundtrack author goes through. Getting into the character's mind-state, defeated life. Yet, he must be likeable and familiar. Springsteen managed it. Then, Beviglia gets personal as the song was not nominated for an Oscar: "Springsteen's song undoubtedly stands high above most...integrity, truth, and raw power..." Here, the fan shines through. He's right, it's just adorable how tantrum-y he gets, while still being spot on about the song, along with Mickey Rourke, not being honored or even acknowledged....

And, in Born in the USA (where Beviglia is able to work in the word kerfuffle!) we are reminded that beneath the now-anthem, was a Vietnam veterans' return and war's emotional impact...people still miss that. Instead, being blissfully happy to go arms aloft with a can-o-beer towards the volume 11 speaker to toast being an American.

The book is about the songs. But, you learn a lot about Bruce through the lyrics and their use or analysis of course. And, Counting Down Springsteen is fun
to read for people who love music; it is equivalent to well-read gallery essays on say Van Gogh. But, it is simply a must have for Springsteen fans. You may debate, adore or dislike Beviglia's views, but still relish in the study of each work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book for fans - and for anyone else who may want to understand the hype around Springsteen! 11 septembre 2014
Par phillygirl330 - Publié sur
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After reading the other few reviews of this book, I had to chime in. Obviously this book was based on one person's (the author's) opinion. So forget the ranking of the songs - no 2 Bruce fans will ever agree on that. What I loved about this book was Beviglia's insight into the lyrics. I have been a Bruce fan for 35 years and I "know" all the lyrics....however this book has encouraged me to listen to the songs differently. I'm already a Springsteen fanatic but somehow I now have an even greater appreciation for all of his songs - musically and lyrically - even the ones that may not be my favorites. I read a few of the songs reviews to my husband (who is a fan but not a crazy fan) and he said "wow, this guy is good." So whether you agree with everything in the book or not, it doesn't matter - if you're a fan, it's well worth the read. Just go into it with an open mind - you don't have to agree with all of the content. And when he does review one of your favorites, needless to say, you'll enjoy those parts even more. Regardless, the songs and the man are genius - the book just helps us understand why. Thank you Jim for an awesome read - I just wish you had provided an analysis of all 200 songs on your list!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 im Beviglia creates another wonderful music book that will start many conversations among music ... 21 octobre 2014
Par Forris B. Day - Publié sur
im Beviglia creates another wonderful music book that will start many conversations among music aficionados for years to come. In his second book “Counting Down Bruce Springsteen; His 100 Finest Songs” Beviglia puts together a list of 100 songs that in his opinion are Springsteen's best songs. He doesn't just list them. He writes a short to medium length essay as to why he believes that particular song belongs in that particular spot on the list. Each essay breaks down the song into it's smallest parts from perhaps a drum beat, a key progression and the lyrics themselves.

Springsteen fans will love the book for the wealth of knowledge that can be gleaned from reading it. Even the most die-hard fan is bound to pick up a new morsel of info. Lots of history of the band and little nuggets of information for your brain to chew on are spread throughout this nearly 200 page, hardcover reference book. As a bonus Beviglia includes, at the end of the book, a list (without essays) of his next 100 favorite songs.

Sure you can debate his song choices and reasons for including or not including a certain song, but remember, this book is his opinion. He backs up what he says and why he chooses each song with an essay so you don't have to wonder why he placed a song in it's place. If you choose to debate a song, well, that is the fun part of a book like this. It opens up conversation on the subject of music and all things Springsteen.

Being a hardcover book it is perfect library addition for fans of music and certainly any fan of Springsteen. I consider myself a fan of Springsteen, but not a huge fan, so I read through it with slight interest in the I soon got hooked and found the information within its pages fascinating. The same was true when I read Beviglia's first book in his Counting Down series, “Counting Down Bob Dylan; His 100 Finest Songs”.

Do I recommend “Counting Down Bruce Springsteen; His 100 Finest Songs”? Heck yea! The books are fun reads and hey... they look pretty darned sweet on the bookshelf. I look forward to what he has in store for future books in this series.

review copy supplied
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Too deep for me 5 juillet 2014
Par TC49 - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I'm a big Bruce fan, having seen him 75+ times over the last 37 years. I picked this book up when it came available and quickly skimmed it, it is way over the top in terms of depth for a casual but not-technically-interested-in-the-composition-elements music fan like me. I don't need several pages on every song, but if you really love or are schooled in music and content and song construction, perhaps you will enjoy the book more than I did.

I'm not challenging any of the content, I'm just saying it is too deep for someone with my rudimentary music knowledge.

As far as the song rankings, no issue there, my friends and I have been having the same debates for 4 decades and everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. Songs are like children, I love them all for different reasons at different times. At least I like most all of Bruce's songs, he has his duds like every other artist.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 thoughtful perspective on the author's choice of Bruce's 100 finest songs. When I first looked at the list 30 octobre 2014
Par Betsy J. Wilkinson - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
For any fan and student of the music of Bruce Springsteen, this book is a well-developed, thoughtful perspective on the author's choice of Bruce's 100 finest songs. When I first looked at the list, my initial reaction was: "Oh, I don't agree with this at all." I put the book down, and did not pick it back up for two weeks. When I started reading it and actually looked at the author's reasoning, I saw these songs in an entirely different way. I saw them in relation to the entire collection of the work of Bruce Springsteen, and how they fit into both the small story of a particular album or time in Bruce's life, and also the larger picture of almost 50 years of songs. I recommend this book highly for anyone who has followed this amazing career.
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