Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll. I hope to read this book and blog a bit about it.
But thanks to Stan Goldstein recent post at The Star Ledger, I am now also looking forward to reading Peter Ames Carlin's Bruce. (I actually perused it a bit the other night at my local Barnes & Noble). Goldstein is a Springsteen mega-fan, so when he calls Bruce "the best Bruce Springsteen biography I've ever read," I believe him. Here is a taste of Goldstein's review of Carlin's biography:
The result is 494 pages of the most total Bruce Springsteen story
I've read. Even the most diehard fan is going to learn things and hear
many inside stories.
There are stories of Bruce's childhood in Freehold and how a
traumatic event on McLean Street in 1927 (22 years before he was even
born) would become something that would be forever part of his life. For
years from the stage, Bruce would tell stories of the battles he had
with his father Doug. In "Bruce" Carlin takes us inside those battles
and how Bruce's mom, Adele, was the glue that held everything together.
Also how father and son always had a deep love for each other and Doug
Springsteen was very proud of his son's success.
There are quotes from Bruce's mom, his sisters Ginny (the first time I
believe she has ever been quoted in print about her brother) and Pam.
To this day, Bruce's mom is still upset her son didn't attend his
Freehold High School graduation in 1967. When Bruce went to get his cap
and gown, he was told be would be barred from the ceremony unless he got
his shoulder-length hair cut. Bruce then hopped on the bus to New York
City but he did come home in time to catch the end of a large house
graduation party Adele had planned.