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Top 10 + 1 Bruce Highlights of 2012

Published 2012-12-30

We survived the Mayan apocalypse, but if the tinfoil hats had been right and the world had gone poof from under our feet, 2012 wouldn’t have been such a bad year to be the last one. At least if you see it from a Bruce Springsteen fan point of view.

After a two-year hiatus, during which Bruce was never really that far off the radar (can you say Darkness box?), in 2012 he was back w ... Read more

The Bruce Librarian V: Bruce Springsteen FAQ - Win a book!

Published 2012-10-21

2012 is turning out to be a great year for Springsteen books. I recently reviewed Marc Dolan’s excellent The Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll; November will see the release of the authorized biography “Bruce” by Peter Ames; and in between those two we now have “Bruce Springsteen FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Boss” by John D. Luersson.

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The Bruce Librarian interviews John D. Luersson

Published 2012-10-21

Greasy Lake confucted an email interview with the author of Bruce Springsteen FAQ, John D. Luersson. Here are his replies to our questions. 

Greasy Lake: Why does the world need another Bruce Springsteen book?

John D. Luersson: Bruce Springsteen FAQ is designed to be an entertaining reference book – one that hardcore fans can enj ... Read more

Bruce throws his new sombrero in the ring for Obama

Published 2012-10-14

Which was the bigger surprise is hard to say, but yesterday two announcements were made that were both rather unexpected. One was that Bruce has added a final show for 2012 in Mexico City, and the other was that this Thursday he will once again take time out of his calendar to perform in support of Barack Obama, in Ohio and Iowa respectively.

Bruce Springsteen has never played in Mexico ... Read more

While New Jersey is waiting for Bruce...

Published 2012-09-12

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are about to hit New Jersey again. When that happens these days the whole state knows it and a couple of percent of the population are present (all right, that would require no repeat customers and no out-of-staters, but still...) . Of course, it wasn't always so. Guest writer and photographer James Shives takes us back to a time wh ... Read more

The Bruce Librarian IV: The Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

Published 2012-08-21

 [Note: this review is based on a preview copy of the book. It is therefore possible that some of the information referred to in the book is not part of the published version.]

When you’ve read as many Bruce Springsteen biographies as this Bruce Librarian has, you don’t often come across one that is full of new information and interesting facts and analysis. There&rsquo ... Read more

Gothenburg, July 28: the night the world shifted

Published 2012-07-29

In my 24 years of seeing Bruce Springsteen live, it seems like part of what I’ve been doing is to try to get back to that night in 1988 when the 19-year-old me stood under the starry night in a stadium in Copenhagen and watched as “Twist and Shout” came to an end with 45,000 people dancing as one communal soul.

Before last night I had tried to reach the same emotional ... Read more

Those bloody hippies and their hippie music

Published 2012-07-15

You would think it was 1967 and not 2012 when the police cut the sound of Bruce's show at the Hard Rock festival in Hyde Park last night. The show had run 30 minutes past the curfew, which to Bruce is standard procedure, but in London rules are rules. "Twist and Shout" had just ended. Paul McCartney had been on stage for it, joining Bruce for the first time ever in an intercontinental ... Read more

Bruce played Prove It All Night with '78 guitar intro... Why is that a big deal?

Published 2012-05-18

The Bruce world woke up this morning to a sensation. No, Clarence wasn't resurrected from the dead. No, Electric Nebraska wasn't released. No, Bruce didn't reunite Steel Mill. So what happened? Well, Bruce decided to spend a few minutes of the show last night in Barcelona playing a guitar solo as an intro to "Prove It All Night". But why is that a sensation? He usually plays several g ... Read more

New North American leg announced for the fall

Published 2012-04-13

The Wrecking Ball Tour will continue beyond the European leg that ends in July. The news doesn't come as a surprise, but it's still nice to get confirmation. On August 18 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will kick off the new North American leg at Gillette Stadium in Boston, MA, After that the tour takes a swing to Canada with shows in Toronto and Moncton before returning to the easter ... 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