Racing in the Street

Racing in the Street

The Bruce Springsteen Reader

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142003541
  • 464 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

For more than three decades, Bruce Springsteen’s ability to express in words and music the deepest hopes, fears, loves, and sorrows of average Americans has made him a hero to his millions of devoted fans. Racing in the Street is the first comprehensive collection of writings about Springsteen, featuring the most insightful, revealing, famous, and infamous articles, interviews, reviews, and other writings. This nostalgic journey through the career of a rock-’n’-roll legend chronicles every album and each stage of Springsteen’s career. It’s all here—Dave Marsh’s Rolling Stone review of Springsteen’s ten sold-out Bottom Line shows in 1975 in New York City, Jay Cocks’s and Maureen Orth’s dueling Time and Newsweek cover stories, George Will’s gross misinterpretation of Springsteen’s message on his Born in the USA tour, and Will Percy’s 1999 interview for Double Take, plus much, much more.

Table of Contents

The Springsteen Musical Family Tree
Foreword by Martin Scorcese
Acknowledgments
A Note on Selections
Chronology
“Newark by the Sea” by Gene Lazo
Maps
Introduction

PART ONE: GROWIN’ UP
Peter Knobler, with Greg Mitchell
Who Is Bruce Springsteen and Why Are We Saying All These Wonderful Things About Him? (Crawdaddy!)Paul Williams
Lost in the FloodJohn Rockwell
Springsteen’s Rock Poetry at Its Best (New York Times)Dave Marsh
Bruce Springsteen: A Rock “Star Is Born” (Rolling Stone)Maureen Orth, Janet Huck, and Peter S. Greenberg
Making of a Rock Star (Newsweek)Jay Cocks
Rock’s New Sensation: The Backstreet Phantom of Rock (Time)Lester Bangs
Hot Rod Rumble in the Promised Land (CREEM)Ariel Swartley
The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (from Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island)Dave Marsh
Thunder Road (from Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story)

PART TWO: GLORY DAYS
Robert Hilburn
Out in the Streets (Los Angeles Times)Don McLeese
Abdicating the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pedestal: Bruce Springsteen Gets Down (Chicago Reader)Greil Marcus
The Next President of the United States (New West)George F. Will
BruuuuuceT. Coraghessan Boyle
Greasy Lake (from Greasy Lake & Other Stories)Bobbie Ann Mason
from In CountryJames Wolcott
The Hagiography of Bruce Springsteen (Vanity Fair)Simon Frith
The Real Thing – Bruce Springsteen (from Music for Pleasure)Kevin Major
from Dear Bruce SpringsteenJefferson Morley
Darkness on the Edge of the Shining City: Bruce Springsteen and the End of Reaganism (New Republic)Jack Ridl
Video MamaAndrew M. Greeley
The Catholic Imagination of Bruce SpringsteenRobert Santelli
Twenty Years Burning Down the Road: The Complete History of Jersey Shore Rock ‘n’ Roll (from Backstreets: Springsteen – The Man and His Music)Charles R. Cross
The Promise (Backstreets)Dave Barry
Glory Days (Miami Herald)Elizabeth Wurtzel
from Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in AmericaNeil Strauss
Springsteen Looks Back But Keeps Walking On (New York Times)Hope Edelman
Bruce Springsteen and the Story of Us (Iowa Review)Judy Wieder
Bruce Springsteen: The Advocate Interview (The Advocate)Bryan K. Garman
The Ghost of History: Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, and the Hurt Song (Popular Music and Society)Jim Cullen
Tom Joad’s Children
The Bars of Graceland (from Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition)Tom Perrotta
from The WishbonesNicholas Dawidoff
The Pop Populist (New York Times Magazine)Mikal Gilmore
Bruce Springsteen’s America (from Night Beat: A Shadow History of Rock & Roll)R. C. Ringer
Asbury Park (from Shore Stories: An Anthology of the Jersey Shore)Sheri Tabachnik, Joseph Sapia, and Kelly Jane Cotter
Father of Bruce Springsteen Dies at 73 (Asbury Park Press)

PART THREE: REBIRTH
Pellegrino d’Acierno
Roll Over, Rossini: Italian American Rock ‘n’ Roll
After the Long Good-bye: From Frank Zappa to Bruce Springsteen and Madonna (from The Italian American Heritage)Will Percy
Rock and Read: Will Percy Interviews Bruce Springsteen (DoubleTake)Nadine Epstein
Asbury Park, My Hometown (Christian Science Monitor)Frederick Reiken
from The Lost Legends of New JerseySamuele F. S. Pardini
Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin” (Artvoice)Bob Crane
from A Place to Stand: A Guide to Bruce Springsteen’s Sense of PlaceNick Hornby
Thunder Road (from Songbook)Colleen Sheehy
Springsteen: Troubadour of the HighwayAlan Light
The Missing (The New Yorker)A. O. Scott
The Poet Laureate of 9/11: Apocalypse and Salvation on Springsteen’s New Album (Slate)Kevin Coyne
His Hometown (New Jersey Monthly)Eric Alterman
from It Ain’t No Sin to Be Glad You’re Alive: The Promise of Bruce SpringsteenChristopher Phillips
The Real World

Afterword by Robert Santelli
Web Sites
Credits
Bibliography

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