Lose yourself in Bruce Springsteen’s memoir

If it’s been a while since you’ve read a book that you didn’t want to put down, maybe this’ll be one of those books. It’s so good, from the opening page. In a review, a critic observed that Bruce could become a full-time novelist if he wanted, because he’s that good a writer. But his fans already know that, because his lyrics are great, and what you learn in the book is that he realized, early on, that that was his strength. That, and the fact that he applied a blue collar work ethic to becoming a rock star. He is really good at describing feelings that are hard to articulate; he captures the full range of human experience. And you find out all kinds of interesting things you didn’t know about him, like, how, when he finally had huge success, he walked into a therapist’s office and burst into tears, because he was hurting so much at that time of his life. It’s a great read and a nice escape for a while–it’s thick! Takes time to read it. Toward the end, I kept putting off finishing it, because I didn’t want it to be over.

If you develop full Bruce mania, you gotta see the documentary, “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.” At one point in the film he says, “More than rich, more than famous, more than happy–” (he gives a short, tight laugh) “–I wanted to be great.” Fuck yeah, you did, Bruce!!! Here’s a great song from the album (“Darkness on the Edge of Town”). Play it full blast while lying in a hot bath, and just think about life, man.

 

Comments

  1. Bruce’s (see, I can even call him Bruce, I know him that well) autobiography is incredible. I wasn’t even a fan before, now he is at the top of my playlist.

  2. Love this post. Reading this book inspired me to go back and listen to his early albums again, which provide a great soundtrack as you read.

  3. Oh gosh – adding this to my “have to read this” list!

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