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The words and music of Bruce Springsteen

Author: Rob Kirkpatrick
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2007.
Series: Praeger singer-songwriter collection.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen provides a comprehensive and coherent look at the work of a thoroughly complex and persistently captivating artist." "Bruce Springsteen enjoys a popularity that has transcended generations. His 1975 album Born to Run was voted the most popular album of all time in a recently published Zagat survey; his 1984 album Born in the U.S.A. spawned seven Top Ten singles while selling  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Kirkpatrick, Rob.
Words and music of Bruce Springsteen.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2007
(OCoLC)639584835
Named Person: Bruce Springsteen; Bruce Springsteen
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Kirkpatrick
ISBN: 0275989380 9780275989385
OCLC Number: 71790093
Description: xiii, 198 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Jukebox graduate : Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973) --
The follow-up, the future of rock 'n' roll, and a farewell to Asbury Park : The wild, the innocent & the E Street shuffle (1973) --
Thunder Road revue : Born to run (1975) --
Running into the darkness : Darkness on the edge of town (1978) --
Double shot : The river (1980) --
A meanness in this world : Nebraska (1982) --
Nebraska becomes electric : Born in the U.S.A. (1984) --
Bruced out : Live/1975-85 (1986), Tunnel of Love (1987) --
Snake eyes : Human touch (1992) and Lucky town (1992) --
At the movies : The ghost of Tom Joad (1995) --
September and everything after : Live in New York City (2001), The rising (2002) --
Dust devils and Dixieland : Devils & dust (2005), We shall overcome : the Seeger sessions (2006) --
Afterword.
Series Title: Praeger singer-songwriter collection.
Other Titles: Bruce Springsteen
Responsibility: Rob Kirkpatrick.
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Bruce Springsteen enjoys a popularity that has transcended generations. This work presents a biographical treatment, and considers all of Springsteen's significant albums in chronological order. In  Read more...

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