Bruce Springsteen is an American icon and this book, his own story in his own words, lays bare the man behind the songs. The pages are filled with the kind of imagery that fills his lyrics, but at the service of telling his own truth, not that of one of his characters.
From hard working class beginnings in Jersey, Springsteen reveals a man driven to write, play, sing and perform. A man bitten by the rock ‘n’ roll bug who sought to emulate his heroes: Dylan, Hendrix, The Stones, The Beatles, and in the process created the last great Rock ‘n’ Roll band – The E Street Band. He never did a day’s work in a “proper job”. It was music or nothing. Aware of his own limitations he forged a career through sheer force of will, talent and great songs.
He speaks openly of his emotionally distant father (subject and subtext of many of his songs) and, most surprising and revealing, his own battles with depression and emotional unavailability. This was a side of Springsteen I knew nothing about, but he talks about it with great candour. Therapy and medication, as well as the love of a » Continue Reading.