Author(s): Christopher Phillips
Bruce Springsteen often prefers to let his music do the talking. His onstage stories and shaggy dog tales have long entertained his fans, but his songs and his guitar provide the most direct line to their hearts. Considering his prominence on the rock 'n' roll landscape, Springsteen has spent remarkably little of his 40-year recording career speaking to the press. But when he does decide to sit down and talk, the conversations tend to be momentous. Q&As with Bruce Springsteen reveal an artist with great insight and self-awareness, a student of music, an avid searcher, an astute observer of humanity from the boardwalk to America at large. Much has been written about the Boss, but few can be said to know the man as well as he knows himself, and the best of Springsteen's own words are collected here in Talk About a Dream. Gathering more than 30 different interviews spanning from 1973 to 2013, this volume captures his remarkable personality - one that takes interviews as seriously as making music. These eye-opening conversations chart Springsteen's development as an artist, a thinker, and a public figure, shedding light on everything from the meaning of lyrics to his evolution from rebel rocker to global icon.
The must-have compilation of Bruce Springsteen interviews, collected and introduced by a leading scholar and the editor of the #1 Springsteen fan magazine
With Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision, Masur again focuses on a single work of art and its cultural context, and the book shares many strengths with his previous one. The prose remains direct and uncluttered, the research extensive. Barnes and Noble Review on Masur's RUNAWAY DREAM A cultural historian with a penchant for choosing specific subjects (the year 1831, baseball's first world series, a famous photograph from the Boston busing crisis of the 1970s) and situating them against the larger background of their times, [Lou Masur] combines scholarly rigor and journalistic accessibility. These talents are vividly on display in Runaway Dream, which uses Born to Run as a synecdoche for understanding Springsteen's career as a whole. History News Network on RUNAWAY DREAM In Runaway Dream, Louis P. Masur, a professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., dissects the making of the album and the legacy it has left behind with the meticulous eye of a scholar and the unabashed affection of a true fan Associated Press on RUNAWAY DREAM
Christopher Phillips has been covering the career of Bruce Springsteen for 20 years as the editor and publisher of Backstreets, the premier Springsteen magazine. He also created and maintains Backstreets.com, the primary web destination for Springsteen fans. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina Louis P. Masur is a cultural historian and the author of many books, including Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision. He has appeared on E Street Radio with Dave Marsh and on WFUV with Dennis Elsas, and has written about Springsteen for Slate, Salon, and other publications. He is a professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University, and lives in New Jersey."