Author(s): Ryan White
For over forty years Bruce Springsteen has stood astride the rock 'n' roll stage like a musical colossus, his 18 studio albums - from the 1973 debut Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. to 2014's High Hopes - the testament of a life dedicated to musical prowess and committed songwriting. This book examines every stage of his musical career, discussing influences, lyrics, popularity, politics and all other aspects of Springsteen's music.
Ryan White is a music critic and journalist. Following a decade covering sports for The Gregonian, he became the paper's music writer in 2009. A long-time fan of Bruce Springsteen, his first music article was a cover story on the Devils & Dust tour. He appears regularly on radio shows including Live Wire! And Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud program speaking about the week's cultural events and has twice been voted one of America's best writers by the Society for Features Journalism. Originally from Michigan, he now lives in Portland, Oregon. Peter Ames Carlin is a renowned journalist, critic and author having been a senior writer at People magazine and TV critic for The Oregonian. He is the author of Bruce, the best-selling biography of Bruce Springsteen published in 2012.
This book discusses the critical acclaim Bruce has attracted since the beginning of his recording career, and the way his albums have reflected deeply felt passions and concerns, from the state of the American working man in The River and Nebraska, to the highs and lows of personal relationships in Tunnel of Love; from the bleak visions in Darkness on the Edge of Town to the often unrecognised anger of Born in the U.S.A.