The Bruce Librarian interviews Wendy Parnell

Published 2015-08-23
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
A couple of weeks ago the Bruce Librarian reviewed the new picture book “Born to Run: the Story of Johnny 99” by Wendy Parnell. After the review, Greasy Lake sent some questions to the author to learn more about her and her relationship with Springsteen. And if you thought Wendy Parnell was just another clever opportunist trying to make a little money on Springsteen's name, you're wrong. As the interview reveals, she is one of us. In fact, while we're all great fans of Bruce,.... Read more

The Bruce Librarian: Bruce picture books steal the picture

Published 2015-08-09
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
There are probably, on average, 3-4 books published about, or based on, Bruce Springsteen within the span of a year, so if two of those books are picture books inspired by Springsteen lyrics, can we call it a trend? Because that’s exactly what is happening. With the publication of first "Outlaw Pete" from the fall of 2014 and this month "Born to Run: the Story of Johnny 99". the Springsteen bibliography now includes two books that a library might put in the same.... Read more

Bruce's masterful remasters

Published 2014-11-23
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
As much as we all love Bruce Springsteen’s classic albums of the Seventies and Eighties, we will always modify our praise with a “but you have to see him live”. Unlike fans of Beatles or fans of Elvis or fans of just about any other major star, we are somehow afraid that the albums alone won’t be enough for people to “get it”. A lot of that is of course due to Bruce’s phenomenal abilities as a live artist - you just don’t get a complete picture.... Read more

As we reach 25th anniversary of Berlin Wall's collapse, focus on Springsteen's role grows

Published 2014-11-08
By Erik Kirschbaum
The Berlin Wall unexpectedly cracked open 25 years ago on Nov. 9, 1989 and the Cold War was over. And Bruce Springsteen unintentionally played a role in helping bring down that iconic symbol of the world’s division.How? Springsteen went to East Berlin 16 months earlier in July 1988 to play the biggest, most riveting and earth-shaking rock concert in the history of East Germany – a concert that some historians agree with my theory, as published in Rocking the Wall - The Berlin.... Read more

Reissues and compilations keep the world turnin´┐Ż around

Published 2014-10-03
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
Last week Bruce announced the release of The Albums Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) containing the first seven studio albums in remastered versions. Fans were, as always, divided in their reception. Some thought it was about time that the early albums got a much-needed soundlift. Others were furious that the much talked-about River boxset had been postponed. But if anyone should feel cheated, it would be the people who bought the 2010 release The Collection, 1973-1984 containing - you guessed it.... Read more

Safe set on unknown territory: tour kicks off in Cape Town

Published 2014-01-27
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
 Just as you can’t judge a Bruce Springsteen album based on the first listening, you can’t judge a Bruce Springsteen tour based on the first show. As it will probably turn out, the tour opener in Cape Town, South Africa, was more like a continuation of where the Wrecking Ball Tour left off in September than what is in store for us in the coming time. If you had come to the show expecting to hear the never-before-played songs from High Hopes, you would have had to settle for.... Read more

Greasy Lake Review: High Hopes

Published 2014-01-19
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
For an album that is, allegedly, mostly meant to tie up some loose ends and fulfill Bruce’s desire to release more music, the new High Hopes album, released last week, has been the subject of an unexpected controversy. Bruce shouldn’t include cover songs, he should write new songs instead of releasing leftovers, Tom Morello has no place on a Springsteen record, the music sucks … Those have been just some of the complaints from fans who have seemed personally insulted by.... Read more

New Bruce Springsteen album in January

Published 2013-11-25
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
After the usual weeks of rumors and speculations, the new Springsteen album has now been announced on Bruce's official Facebook page, and a detailed entry appears on  The album will be called High Hopes and is slated for released on January 14. It will include 11 songs (although rumors are already indicating there will be a hidden track) that are a mix of cover songs, previously released songs in new versions, and outtakes (probably re-recorded). Most of the songs are done.... Read more

Springsteen & I to hit shelves and iTunes, plus special offer to Australians

Published 2013-10-25
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
 Since the Wrecking Ball Tour was wrapped up more than a month ago, it seems like the whole Bruce world - including, I must admit, this newsblog - has gone into standby mode. We still have those Downunder shows to look forward to in February and March, and there are constant rumors of a new album in early 2014 and rumors of more tour date announcements being imminent. But you don't have to wait for those things to get a little shot of Bruce Juice. On November 1, the Springsteen & I.... Read more

Winner of East Berlin contest found

Published 2013-08-04
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
The winner of a signed copy of "Bruce Springsteen, Rocking the Wall, The Berlin Concert that Changed the World" by Erik Kirschbaum has been chosen in a random draw among the 26 people who got all the questions right in our trivia contest.And the winner is: Michael Bechstein from Germany! Congratulations!The book will be signed by the author and none other than Bruce's manager Jon Landau, who provided valuable information for the research.And to those of you who are wondering, the.... Read more

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