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Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll par [Dolan, Marc]
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Revue de presse

"Dolan does a good job of telling the story of his [Bruce Springsteen's] continuing relevance..."

--Belfast Telegraph

"...meticulously detailed biography..."

--The Daily Record

"...no other singer-songwriter still active in the 21st Century has spawned as many academic studies as The Boss, and Dolan's book is among the very best...the author's examination of an extraordinary body of work is as clear-headed and accessible as the music itself."

--Record Collector

"Those who are interested in the shaping of an American icon - and, more significantly, the creation of some lasting American music - may be directed safely to this book."

--The Washington Post

"This is an addictive book...It twists so fine through one of rock'n'roll's most fascinating stories." --Classic Rock Magazine

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A vibrant biography of one of the greatest rock 'n' rollers, the America that made him, and the America he made.


This smart, incisive biography traces Bruce Springsteen’s evolution from a young artist who wasn’t sure what he wanted to say to an acclaimed musician with a distinctive vision for a better society. Brilliantly analyzing and evoking Springsteen’s output, Marc Dolan unveils the pulsing heart of his music: its deep personal, political, and cultural resonances, which enabled Springsteen to reflect on his experiences as well as the world around him. The book is now updated with a new chapter on The Promise, Wrecking Ball, and the 2012 tour.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 529 pages
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company; Édition : 1 (4 juin 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007HX8WDU
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I very much enjoyed this biography of Bruce Springsteen 21 juillet 2015
Par Up The Stairs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I very much enjoyed this biography of Bruce Springsteen. Mr. Bruce is a huge topic, and his history is full of interesting tidbits, many of which are covered in this bio. Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll was released during the same time frame as BRUCE by Mr. Carlin. The books are strikingly different in their approach and their theme. BRUCE received help from the Springsteen camp, while Marc Dolan was pretty much forced to do leather to pavement investigatory work to accomplish his results. I don't prefer either book over the other. I read them back to back, and I found them equally satisfying, but for different reasons.

Marc Dolan's approach to Springsteen is much more scholarly than Carlin's work, which comes off a bit too friendly, less objective. Dolan approaches many of Springsteen's artistic decisions with more depth and less celebrity. He also does an excellent job of tying Springsteen's success to his connection with his fans. Springsteen is like few others in that his fan base is passionate AND educated. He can write lyrics that are entertaining while also having depth and a good story. Dolan spends considerable time making that connection about the fans and the body of work. If you want to read about Springsteen, there are many bios out there, Dolan's is just as good and even better, in some cases, than any of them. Highly recommended.
17 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 a fine addition to the Springsteen literary canon 2 juillet 2012
Par M J Heilbron Jr. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Marc Dolan has written a fine addition to the Springsteen literary canon, an ever-enlarging library that now encompasses dozens of books. Each of those tomes has a particular purpose...a separate voice.
You have Springsteen's own "Songs", which peeks into his process and interpretations. The Dave Marsh books are the biographical bibles, so to speak, but seriously, he's a massive fan from the very beginnings of Springsteen's career. He's not, nor does he say he is, objective. There are others...

In fact, writing about Springsteen (like I sort of am here) or even listening to his music, cannot be objective.
This guy gets into the hearts and minds of people like few musical artists ever have.

Now, THIS book addresses his career using the albums as markers, not a bad way to go when reviewing a musician's career.
The emphasis is on the music, both studio recordings and tours. Clearly, this guy has heard a lot of bootlegs, but I was familiar with most of what he had to say just by listening to the formally released albums.

There wasn't a lot I didn't know (I'm a huge fan and a bit of a know-it-all)...but that didn't stop me from inhaling this book in a weekend, and enjoying every single minute.

In fact, the little things I learned...Billy Joel dedicating "The Entertainer" to Bruce at a concert in the 70's...kept me reading just to see what delightful nugget was to follow.

The reason I didn't pony up for a five-star rating is that I found the author's opinion intruded either too often, or too strongly, when discussing the music. Yes, we're fans, I get it. And like I said, I have no pretense about objectivity...but tonally...the flow of the book... suffered a few times because of it. The thin coverage of "Working On A Dream" felt more like it was secondary to the fact he didn't like the record, than to the fact that perhaps it overall was a critical and popular yawn. It's like he didn't want to say anything bad.

I loved the fact that he stated that the title song was "almost certainly the weakest title song of any Springsteen album"...I happen to agree with that opinion.
Also, the book ends with a tale about "Surprise Surprise", a song "many fans held in even lower esteem than 'The Angel'" and the author describes it as seeming "disposable, juvenile and almost meaningless."
Again, right on.
But these sort of books are supposed to present events of a career in context, and a few times along the way, almost as if he was skirting around a delicate issue, he doesn't.

Overall, though, this is a great read. I'm quibbling, because, well, I'm trying to be "objective". Honest.

And honestly, the majority of this book DOES put his career into context! It tells how the albums fit into his personal history, the current events of the period, and how they reflect back on musical influences both historic and modern popular tastes. The tours each get a few pages, but these feel like more of a tease than a tale.

Perhaps it's not Mr. Dolan's fault that maybe I simply wanted MORE.
That's a compliment.

There are other things that simply aren't his fault.

Springsteen has been putting out music like a man possessed as of late, and the book is woefully outdated on the day it was released.

New albums...like "Wrecking Ball", new tour...the treasure trove of music that was the recent "Darkness-The Promise" box set...I'm sure will be addressed in the paperback.
In fact, that will inevitably make this book better because there's already a terrific passage about the original "Wrecking Ball" song performance at Giants Stadium, and there's already LOTS of stuff on "The Promise" (the song) and the other songs that comprise 'The Promise' (the album) that will all come full circle now.

Hopefully THAT edition will then be out of date, because Bruce will have yet another album? Tracks 2? The River box set? Anyone? Is this mike on?

We can only hope.

And I think the author hopes so as well.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best Springsteen biographies. 18 octobre 2015
Par Jim - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
There have been several books about Springsteen and I read a lot of them. I liked this book because it told me about his early years before the fame. I sensed all the friends Springsteen must have had in his early years because he jammed with everyone and he had bands with several people. Years later when he hosts the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame dinners, it makes sense because he always surrounded himself with other artists like this.
I have a new appreciation for "The River." I thought that album was inconsistent, but Dolan finds the consistency in it. He talks about the down time of the 1990s in a way I could understand.
The book was comprehensive yet conversational and easy to read and enjoy.
One of the best Springsteen books.
21 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Truly Brilliant Biography of Springsteen and Study of American Culture 1 juillet 2012
Par Elizabeth Boyd - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This stunning, beautifully written biography was just named by the New York Journal of Books as one of a handful of "Outstanding Books that Best Represents America." I cannot do better than this review of it by Amanda Mark, a leading expert on American music and culture:

To those unfamiliar with the process of becoming a musical god (little g), it can sometimes seem like the feat was achieved overnight. Unless you are lucky enough to get in early and crowd the local dive bar at 2:30 A.M. every other Friday to catch the latest "It" band/singer, new superstars seem to Poof! into existence from zero to hero in less time than it takes to get to the bridge of a song.

Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll is not a story of an instant celebrity. This fame and fortune was earned through a lot of blue-collar hard work and old-school American determination.

For those of us who grew up in the eighties, Bruce Springsteen was ubiquitous. He was The Boss. He was Born in the USA. But he didn't start at the top of the pack. It took practice and grit for Springsteen to pull himself out of Asbury Park, New Jersey.

That's what this story is about.

An obvious fan (who would choose to write almost 600 pages about someone they disliked?), Marc Dolan chronicles Springsteen's journey starting at the very beginning of The Boss's musical life, chronicling the purchase of his first instrument, an old second hand guitar. This is the same guitar that Springsteen used to teach himself "Twist and Shout."

But Mr. Dolan's book does not focus exclusively on Bruce Springsteen. Musicians are often reflections of the society in which they live and work. It is just as important to understand the history of the formative era in order to better grasp how the artist found his musical voice. This book also tells the story of blue collar America in the 1960s.

Musically, the 1960s were a study in dichotomy. On one hand, singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan were writing politically conscious songs. On the other, the British Invasion was all about having fun and rebelling through rock.

Somehow Springsteen managed to walk in both worlds. From the beginning, The Boss was never really interested in a solo career. He wanted to front a band of strong musicians, the more the merrier. Yet as he matured as a musician and songwriter, his set lists increasingly featured original material. Dylan especially was a powerful influence.

Marc Dolan's writing is descriptive, but not overly flowery or fan boy-ish. He is very adept at pulling the reader into his book and telling an interesting story--even if The Boss is not a mainstay on one's iPod.

In today's entertainment world, it is so hard to find acts that live up to all the overblown hype. Like The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll more than delivers.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Comprehensive, well-written, entertaining 21 août 2014
Par Margaret Gentry - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Comprehensive, well-written and entertaining biography of one of the all-time greats in the music world. I got this from my local library, read it and enjoyed it so much I decided to buy one to keep. It's a wonderful reference to have on hand whenever there's a Springsteen question in need of an answer.
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