- Tapa dura: 512 páginas
- Editor: Simon + Schuster Inc.; Edición: New (30 de octubre de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1439191824
- ISBN-13: 978-1439191828
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
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Bruce (Inglés) Tapa dura – 30 oct 2012
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"Bruce Springsteen has been a muscular American icon for so long it's hard to remember that he was once a scrawny kid from Nowhere, New Jersey, struggling to find his way. Peter Ames Carlin not only brings that kid into sharp focus, he connects the dots between the small-town boy and the superstar he became, in all his memorable incarnations--boardwalk poet, working-class hero, middle-aged philosopher, rock and roll evangelist, political activist. This is the big, expansive biography Bruce's fans have been waiting for."--Tom Perrotta
"There are many things I could and should be doing right now, but I am not... I am reading and rereading this book. Why did you do this to me?"--Jon Stewart
"If there is anyone who writes about modern musicians better than Carlin does, I don't know who it could possibly be."--Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights
"This is a Bruce bio like no other. Carlin's dogged research, tough-minded prose, and above all, ability to draw out the previously private thoughts of almost everyone involved in this remarkable story combine to transform much of what we thought we knew about Bruce. Carlin's recounting of Springsteen's personal and professional struggles, and those of the members of the mighty E Street Band, make this a quintessential American story and one that will resonate, and inspire, as long as the music itself does."--Eric Alterman, author of It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen
"For all those of us who grew up on the Jersey Shore, chasing Bruce and the band every weekend: the chase is over. It's all here. Everything we didn't know then -- we're surprised to learn now. It's close, it's intimate -- the master of introspection allows some full-on inspection of his life."--Brian Williams, NBC News
"Springsteen is biographical big game: majestic, fugitive, offering the unwary chronicler the possibility that he might get trampled. But Carlin has brought him down, with empathy and shrewdness. Here is Bruce, stylishly captured in all his Brucedom; the everyman, the unknowable; the anointed one, the loner; stadium swagger and dull, private pain. Are these contradictions, or just the span of a man's soul? Read BRUCE and find out."--James Parker "The Atlantic "
"Rock biographer (Peter Ames Carlin) delivers a straight-on, rockin' and rollin' life of the Jersey youngster who sold his soul to rock and roll the night he saw Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1957. Drawing on exclusive interviews with members of the E Street Band, including Clarence Clemons's final interview, and unrestricted conversations with Springsteen's family, friends, manager Jon Landau, and Springsteen himself, Carlin takes us on a fascinating journey through Springsteen's childhood, youth, and his rise to fame out of his early years playing in bands such as the Castiles, Earth, and Child to his most recent concerts in support of his Wrecking Ball album. Carlin energetically drives through the streets of Asbury Park, the bars and arenas around the world where Springsteen continues to work his magic. Carlin gives Springsteen the definitive treatment, and this is by far the best of the many books about the rock and roller, capturing his many moods, his desire to retain his privacy, but his secret craving for superstardom, and, above all, his consummate musicianship and his deep passion for pleasing audiences with rollicking, energetic shows."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Bruce delivers. . . . Carlin gets across why Mr. Springsteen has meant so much, for so long, to so many people."--New York Times
"Do we need another Springsteen biography? The answer, here, is yes, thanks in large part to Carlin's tireless reporting, which helps straighten out some of the lore-laden stories of Springsteen's early years in New Jersey, and further illuminates his later struggles with depression."--Boston Globe
"There are probably more books about Bruce Springsteen than there are about any other rock star of his generation. But until one comes out with the words 'By Bruce Springsteen' on the cover, Bruce will be the definitive one."--The Star-Ledger
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Peter Ames Carlin’s New York Times bestselling biography of one America’s greatest musicians is the first in twenty-five years to be written with the cooperation of Bruce Springsteen himself; “Carlin gets across why Mr. Springsteen has meant so much, for so long, to so many people” (The New York Times).
In Bruce, acclaimed music writer Peter Ames Carlin presents a startlingly intimate and vivid portrait of a rock icon. For more than four decades, Bruce Springsteen has reflected the heart and soul of America with a career that includes twenty Grammy Awards, more than 120 million albums sold, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. Peter Ames Carlin masterfully encompasses the breadth of Springsteen’s astonishing career and explores the inner workings of a man who managed to redefine generations of music.
A must read for fans, Bruce is a meticulously researched, compulsively readable biography of a man laden with family tragedy, a tremendous dedication to his artistry, and an all-consuming passion for fame and influence.
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In my opinion, his manager, Jon Landau doesn't fare much better, as his unchecked ego has convinced itself that Bruce's greatness and creativity is actually his, as well.
Who does come across well? The E-Street band, who collectively have contributed far more than anyone realizes. And who have put up with Bruce's egomania and controlling ways with almost superhuman patience.
So I don't agree that this book is a rehash of any other Springsteen book. It's actually less fawning and less of a fan-worship piece than have been written by Dave Marsh.
It's also filled with first-person accounts from friends, acquaintances and business partners throughout the years.
My one complaint and it's not a small one is that when Author Peter Carlin is not relying on first person narrative, his own viewpoints are fairly trite and the writing, cliche ridden. So much so, that at times, you wonder if he's being paid by the adjective.
If you're a Bruce fan, be warned: Yes, you'll like the in-depth portrait. But be prepared to be disappointed in the man. Because after the record company gave him a big advance, he began to change in a big way.
Let's start with my complaints:
First, this is a long book for a rock and roll biography. As I joked to my wife: I now feel like I know more about Bruce Springsteen's life than I know about her life. This is especially true when it comes to Springsteen's family history. In fact, author Peter A. Carlin devoted so much space to Springsteen's ancestors that I almost became too bored to continue. If genealogy is your thing, chapter one is for you!
Despite the book's length, many of my questions remained unanswered:
1) How and when did the E Street Band get its name? Carlin just brings up the subject as an aside, by stating, "now dubbed the E Street Band."
2) This one is pretty obscure: When I was in school, I was a huge fan of both Bruce Springsteen and Graham Parker. So in 1980, when Springsteen joined Parker on the song "Endless Night," it was the coolest thing I could have imagined at the time. What happened when those two got together seems to be a lost story, and it would have been an interesting addition to the book.
3) There is very little in "Bruce" about the two prominent women in the E Street family, Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell. Carlin mentioned that Patti stayed out of the interview process, but even so, he used plenty of secondary sources for other parts of the book. Why not do the same for Scialfa and Tyrell?
4) Here's the most important subject I would have liked Carlin to address: How does Bruce, now in his sixties, still manage to physically out-perform everyone else in rock and roll? Just stating that he frequents a local gym isn't enough. As anyone who has seen Springsteen perform on a recent tour knows, he's lost very little energy over the years. For me, that qualifies him as a freak of nature. Does Springsteen recover quickly after his performances, or are his mornings like the opening scene in the movie North Dallas Forty?
But enough complaints! Without a minute-by-minute biography (which no one would want to read), some aspects of Springsteen's career will always go uncovered.
Here's what I liked: Other than the first chapter, this was the most interesting and readable biography I have yet encountered. I read much of the book while traveling the county on my own tour (I'm a college speaker), and there were times I was so captivated I'd get disappointed when the flight attendant announced we were landing, and I'd have to turn off my Kindle. And when one of my flights sat on the tarmac for 90 minutes, I was the only contented person on the airplane--deeply engrossed in "Bruce."
Also, having spent much of my life as both a talent manager and an agent, I appreciated that Carlin gave significant coverage to the vital people behind the scenes. Without them, Springsteen wouldn't be enjoying such a long and successful career.
I thank Peter A. Carlin for taking on the herculean task of compiling this book. I can only imagine how many hours he put into both the writing and the research. Even scanning the footnotes was impressive--and often humorous.
If you're a Springsteen fan, you'll love "Bruce!"
Marty Essen author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents
Carlin's book is not the "authorized" biography. Nor is he looking to topple the Boss from his throne. Carlin sees and relates the human flaws, but even more he is won over by the poetry and the hard - I mean really hard - work of one of the most inspiring musicians of our time. Everyone I know is working 60-70 hour weeks, but Bruce does that and then goes home and writes three songs, any one of which could become a mega-hit.
Carlin's book is a page-turner, especially for the details of the years before Born to Run, all the way up to the death of the "Big Man." Don't get me wrong; I read the entire book. But death comes eventually for everyone, and everyone around the E Street Band and its precursors has been through the emotional wringer a lot. When Clarence Clemons dies at 69, Carlin takes the wind out of his prose and the reader feels as deflated as every fan did in the agonized minutes of silence of the first memorial concert.
Bruce, of course, goes on. I'm not sure he knows how to stop. But Carlin writes a picture of a man who comes back to his own human themes in time - a man who, perhaps prompted by implacable death, sees the beauty of family more clearly, who easily returns to his roots, who remains a hero on the Jersey shore, and who never forgets the people who worked alongside him and were never themselves the cynosure of millions of fans.
Read Carlin's book. Bruce Springsteen's life hold lessons at every turn.