The Bruce Library

Every Springsteen book you could ever want.

Bruce Springsteen: The Rolling Stone Files (1996)
0-7868-8153-4
All articles and reviews published in Rolling Stone magazine from 1973 to 1996. Also a great introduction by Parke Puterbaugh. It's extremely interesting to read about the early Bruce as written when it was happening rather than in the hindsight of most books.
 
Bruce Springsteen: Studio su testi e musiche (1987)
Book in Italian that analyses Bruce's lyrics.
 
Bruce Springsteen Complete (1986)
0-89898-468-8
Lyrics and tabs for musicians looking to cover Bruce songs.
 
It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999)
Eric Alterman
0-316-03885-7
A nice biography by a real fan who brings the readers up to date with Springsteen's career up to the beginning of the E Street Band reunion in 1999.
 
Thunder Road : en beretning om Bruce Springsteen (1985)
Steinar Arneson
82-7382-000-9
 
Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy (2008)
Randall E. Auxier
978-0812696479
Co-author: Doug Anderson. A philosophical look at Bruce in light of politics and poetry, among other things.
 
The Picture Life of Bruce Springsteen (1986)
Geri Bain
0-5311-0204-1
 
Bruce Springsteen anthology: Tutti i dischi, tutte le canzoni (1999)
Stefano Barco
8-8796-6196-5
 
Bruce Frederick Springsteen (2003)
Hugues Barriere
2-8592-0527-6
 
Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Record (1985)
Brian Barron
8-6276-306-1
 
Bruce Springsteen (2005)
Peter Basham
1-9030-4797-8
Part of the Pocket Essential series. Brief condensed book with facts and expert opinions.
 
The Bruce Springsteen Scrapbook (2004)
Hank Bordowitz
0-8065-2553-3
Colorful and refreshing biography with many little details that makes it stand out.
 
Bruce (2012)
Peter Ames Carlin
978-1439191828
An almost authorized biography based on interviews with some of the people closest to Bruce and Bruce himself.
 
Tramps Like Us: Music & Meaning Among Springsteen Fans (1998)
Daniel Cavicchi
0-19-511833-2
Originally a PH.D dissertation this book examines the Springsteen fan culture. The book is not easily accessible, but it's should still be an interesting read to most fans.
 
Bruce Springsteen (1994)
Teresa Celsi
0-8362-3108-2
Probably the smallest Bruce book out there at only 3 inches and about 80 pages.
 
Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales (2009)
Clarence Clemons
978-0-446-54626-3
Co-written with his friend Don Reo, this is Clarence Clemons' autobiography. While it does have lots about Bruce, the focus is on Clarence.
 
Bruce Springsteen's America : The People Listening, a Poet Singing (2003)
Robert Coles
0-8129-7300-3
 
Bruce Springsteen: Interviste Testi Inediti, Discografia Completa (1984)
Francesco Coli
88-85008-66-6
Interviews in Italian, a discography, and lyrics translated to Italian.
 
Backstreets: Springsteen - The Man and His Music (1989)
Charles R. Cross
0-51758929-X
A book for the really serious fans by Backstreets Magazine. It features some of the best articles from the magazine, the E Street Band Family Tree, a sessionography, and a list of performances from 1963-89 (the paperback edition from 1992 has an updated performance list).
 
Born in the U.S.A: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition (1997)
Jim Cullen
0-06-018780-8
An intellectual look at Bruce Springsteen and his role in American culture and tradition. Jim Cullen exposes Bruce as a highly conservative traditionalist. If you're looking for a regular biography, this is definitely not it.
 
Bruce Springsteen (2001)
Susie Derkins
0-8239-3522-1
Part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers series.
 
Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll (2012)
Marc Dolan
0393084213
Biography that puts Springsteen's music in a broad context of national, local and personal events that took place as it was written or performed.
 
Bruce Springsteen Talking (2004)
John W. Duffy
1-8444-9403-9
Updated version of "Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words". The book consists of quotes by Bruce taken from interviews and stage raps.
 
Down Thunder Road: The Making of Bruce Springsteen (1992)
Marc Eliot
0-671-78933-3
Co-written with former Bruce manager Mike Appel, Marc Eliot takes a close look at Bruce's early career with a special focus on the lawsuit between between Bruce and Mike Appel. The book shows you some new sides of Bruce, but factual errors has made it somewhat questionable in Bruce circles.
 
Bruce Springsteen (1983)
Laura Fissinger
0-8981-3106-5
 
Bruce Springsteen (1994)
Ron Frankl
0-7910-2352-4
Biography in the "Pop Culture Legends" series. Introduction by Leeza Gibbons of Entertainment Tonight.
 
Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - The Illustrated History (2016)
Gillian G. Gaar
076034972X
A beautiful coffee table book.
 
Bruce Springsteen: A Photo-bio (1979)
Peter Gambaccini
0-5150-5220-5
Possibly the first book written about Bruce Springsteen preceding Dave Marsh by a year. It's an early edition of his more widespread book from 1985. See below.
 
Bruce Springsteen (1985)
Peter Gambaccini
0-7119-0696-3
Another biography where the author tells Bruce's story and tries to analyze his albums and songs. The book first appeared in 1979 and was thus one of the first Bruce biographies. In 1985 it was revised and updated to include the Born in the USA period.
 
Follow That Dream (The Unreleased Lyrics of Bruce Springsteen: 1972 to 1985) (?)
H. O. Gold & M. Appel
none
Title says it all. This book simply contains lyrics to at the time unreleased Springsteen songs. As some of the songs have been officially released along with the official lyrics, you can see the authors of this book didn't always get it right, but it's still a nice reference book for serious fans.
 
Springsteen: Access All Areas (2000)
Lynn Goldsmith
0-7893-0392-2
Photographer and former girlfriend Lynn Goldsmith's second book with all-Springsteen photos from the Darkness tour. Unlike the first one this one is all black and white and printed on coarser paper.
 
Springsteen (1984)
Lynn Goldsmith
0-312-753942
A photo book featuring then-girlfriend, Lynn Goldsmith's pictures of Bruce taken during the Darkness Tour. Some stunning shots both on and offstage.
 
Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore (2002)
Stan Goldstein & Jean Mikle
none
This book takes you to the places that Springsteen made famous and that made Springsteen famous. From the Palace in Asbury Park to his childhood home in Freehold, this book's got it all.
 
The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen From A to E to Z (2004)
Gary Graff
15-7859-157-0
A Springsteen encyclopedia with articles about people, places, songs, bands, websites (including this one) that are all connected to Bruce's life and career.
 
Bruce Springsteen (1986)
Keith Elliot Greenberg
0-8225-1608-X
Entertainment World series.
 
The Boss Bruce Springsteen (1984)
Elianne Halbersberg
0-4518-2109-2
 
Reading the Boss: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen (2010)
Roxanne Harde
0-739-14536-3
Collection of academic articles by scholars of many different disciplines. If you always wanted to read a comparison of Bruce and Shakespeare, you'll find one here.
 
E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2012)
Clinton Heylin
978-1780335797
An honest, and sometimes critical, portrait of Bruce and his music. Very detailed.
 
The E Street Shuffle: Springsteen & The E Street Band in Performance 1972-1988 (1989)
Clinton Heylin et al.
none
This books simply consists of setlists from Bruce's show 1972-88, or at least those that were known from recordings at the time of the book's publication.
 
Bruce! The Ultimate Bruce Springsteen Quiz Book (1985)
Heather Higgins
0-8713-1465-7
 
Springsteen (1985)
Robert Hilburn
0-684-18456-7
The author is one of the music critics who have followed Bruce the longest. His book offers great insight and has lots of unique photos.
 
Born in the USA (2005)
Geoffrey Himes
08-2641-661-6
A close look at the Born in the USA album and sessions. Part of the 33 1/3 series.
 
Bruce Springsteen: Career of a Rock Legend (1999)
Jeff Horn
0-9350-1640-6
 
The Complete Guide to the Music of Bruce Springsteen (1996)
Patrick Humphries
0-7119-5304-X
A very small book in size and nothing revolutionary in the contents, but a nice "beginner's" book.
 
Springsteen: Blinded by the Light (1985)
Patrick Humphries et al.
0-85965-086-3
The first part is a biography. The second part is called The Bruce Files and includes a timeline, concert overview, discography, bootleg discography, and lots more. Before the Internet Springsteen geeks wore out their copy of this book in no time.
 
Promesas Rotas - Bruce Springsteen (1992)
Julia Ignacio
8-4797-4021-3
 
Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul: Essays on the Songs and Influence of a Cultural Icon (2011)
David Garrett Izzo
978-0786459087
Examination of Bruce as a cultural icon and the importance of his live performances.
 
Springsteen Live (1984)
Philip Kamin
0-8253-0170-X
 
Magic in the Night: The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen (2009)
Rob Kirkpatrick
978-0-28563854-9
Excellent and well-written analasys of all Bruce's albums up until the end of the 00's.
 
The Light in Darkness (2009)
Lawrence Kirsch
978-0-9784156-1-7
Compilation of fan accounts about the Darkness on the Edge of Town album and tour. Includes tons of pictures from the Darkness era too.
 
For You: Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen's Legendary Fans (2007)
Lawrence Kirsch (production editor)
978-0-9784156-0-0
Bruce Springsteen seen through the eyes of his fans whose tales, photos and enthusiasm make up this book.
 
Bruce Springsteen (1986)
Teresa Koenig
0-8968-6303-4
 
Local Hero: Bruce Springsteen in the Words of His Band (1993)
Ermanno Labianca
?
Probably the only book written about Bruce's 1992-93 touring band. It's not least a photo book, but it also has interviews with all the band members and offers a great insight into this period.
 
Finding Grace in the Concert Hall: Community & Meaning Among Springsteen Fans (2011)
Randall Linda K.
1-57766-685-2
Sociology study about Springsteen fans written in a very accessible language.
 
Springsteen: No Surrender (1984)
Kate Lynch
0-86276-254-5
Another sympathetic if unremarkable biography released around the time of Born in the USA.
 
Bruce Springsteen: Here and Now (1988)
Craig MacInnis
0-8120-4095-3
 
Springsteen: Born to Run (1979)
Dave Marsh
0-86001-807-5
The first and one of the best Springsteen biographies. The author is a close friend of Bruce and has had unique access to Bruce making it one of the most authoritative books on its subject. When that is said, if you're looking for dirt and private details from Bruce's personal life, you won't find it here. Dave Marsh remains loyal to his friend and admits to subjectivity.
 
Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s (1987)
Dave Marsh
0-394-54668-7
The sequel to Dave Marsh's Born to Run. It tells the story from 1980 till 1987 where Bruce went from a big star to a gigantic star. Again, Dave Marsh shares his insight and sheds light on Bruce's career and personality. Despite its uncritical approach it's still an indispensible book in your Springsteen boiok collection. If you buy one book, this should probably be it.
 
Bruce Springsteen On Tour 1968-2005 (2006)
Dave Marsh
0-7475-8792-2
Beautiful book about the Springsteen live experience. While much of the text is a rehash of Marsh's two previous biographies, the pictures that grace most pages are worth the price alone.
 
Working on a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen (2010)
David Masciotra
978-082-642505-8
Analysis of Bruce's lyrics and career in a political context.