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Born to Play

Published 2017-03-13
“I had no idea he [Springsteen] was such a thoughtful reader”, The LA Times books editor once said. The Boss brings literary chops to his frank autobiography Born to Run, with influencesincluding John Steinbeck and Richard Ford.  The blood, sweat and tears that make its unghosted 508 pages compelling are similarly vibrant seeing Springsteen and the E Street Band ... Read more

Born to Run book generously delivers new insight and perspective

Published 2016-12-30

I was ecstatic when it was first announced that Bruce was going to publish his autobiography. This was like a holy grail. Well, another holy grail (there are a few box sets that qualify too).

After reading it, I’m still ecstatic, but not for the reasons I thought I’d be. What I had been looking forward to was to have all the blanks filled in. Reasons for Bruce& ... Read more

Greasy Lake reviews: The Ties that Bind - The River Collection

Published 2016-01-24

The Ties that Bind – The River Collection is the third anniversary box set celebrating a classic Bruce Springsteen album. And once again, the template that was laid out and expanded on with the Born to Run and Darkness box sets respectively, is followed and perfected with this ambitious release: the album itself in a remastered version; ... Read more

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 1975

Published 2015-12-06

[Ronan O'Shea, editor of British online music publication Festival Baby, kindly let us republish this article featuring pictures from a lost era in Bruce history, just before the fame hit. The pictures were taken by Barbara Pyle. The last part of the article is of special interest to people in and around the London area.]Read more

Nils keeps himself busy with new live album

Published 2015-11-08

While in the last couple of years Bruce has been more visible on the equestrian scene watching his daughter become a star in her own right, than on the music scene, his trusty band members have taken the opportunity to further their solo careers. Roy Bittan released his first solo album; so did sax player Ed Manion; Jake Clemons toured people’s living rooms; and even Garry Tallent is work ... Read more

The Bruce Librarian interviews Wendy Parnell

Published 2015-08-23

A couple of weeks ago the Bruce Librarian reviewed the new picture book “Born to Run: the Story of Johnny 99” by Wendy Parnell. After the review, Greasy Lake sent some questions to the author to learn more about her and her relationship with Springsteen. And if you thought Wendy Parnell was just another clever opportunist trying to make a little money on Springsteen's name, you ... Read more

The Bruce Librarian: Bruce picture books steal the picture

Published 2015-08-09

There are probably, on average, 3-4 books published about, or based on, Bruce Springsteen within the span of a year, so if two of those books are picture books inspired by Springsteen lyrics, can we call it a trend?

Because that’s exactly what is happening. With the publication of first "Outlaw Pete" from the fall of 2014 and this month "Born to Run: the Story of Jo ... Read more

Bruce's masterful remasters

Published 2014-11-23

As much as we all love Bruce Springsteen’s classic albums of the Seventies and Eighties, we will always modify our praise with a “but you have to see him live”. Unlike fans of Beatles or fans of Elvis or fans of just about any other major star, we are somehow afraid that the albums alone won’t be enough for people to “get it”. A lot of that is of course due t ... Read more

As we reach 25th anniversary of Berlin Wall's collapse, focus on Springsteen's role grows

Published 2014-11-08

The Berlin Wall unexpectedly cracked open 25 years ago on Nov. 9, 1989 and the Cold War was over. And Bruce Springsteen unintentionally played a role in helping bring down that iconic symbol of the world’s division.

How? Springsteen went to East Berlin 16 months earlier in July 1988 to play the biggest, most riveting and earth-shaking rock concert in the history of East Germany &n ... Read more

Reissues and compilations keep the world turnin´┐Ż around

Published 2014-10-03

Last week Bruce announced the release of The Albums Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) containing the first seven studio albums in remastered versions. Fans were, as always, divided in their reception. Some thought it was about time that the early albums got a much-needed soundlift. Others were furious that the much talked-about River boxset had been postponed. But if anyone should ... Read more

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Dave commenting on this: Really enjoying it so far, but only up to the Darkness sessions. Amazing writing for an amateur!
Charlene Linden commenting on this: I want to read it more than ever. When I saw him play at my university (Clark University, Worcester MA Oct.6 1974, 6 days before my 17th) I was frightened and lonely. I was younger than other students because I had graduated HS early. The tickets were free with our activity fee. I thought - oh he's going to be another self indulgent singer song writer. The 70s were full of those. My room mate could see that I was hesitant, and assured me that I'd love him. And I did. I felt a spiritually uplifting and joyous experience, like no other. This was more than music. This became a transformative event.One I would repeat many times. I am not at all shocked that Bruce is still a tortured soul - more than the bouts with depression that we all know. Along with the late Lou Reed, he is responsible for some of the best American rock and roll. I can't wait until the snow lets up. I NEED this book!
Mikey commenting on this: Interesting thoughts, I even agree with some of them, which might scare you. Thanks for the review