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PostPosted: Fri 4 May - 17:15 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

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A vibrant biography of one of the greatest rock 'n' rollers, the America that made him, and the America he made.
Smart and incisive,this unique book takes us through Bruce Springsteen’s life by tracing thecultural, political, and personal forces that shaped his music. Beyond hisconstant stylistic adaptations, Springsteen developed over the decades fromexpressing the voice of a guy from working-class New Jersey to writing aboutthe larger issues facing the country, including war, class disparity, andprejudice. Marc Dolan draws on a range of new and little-knownsources—including hundreds of unreleased studio recordings and bootlegs of liveperformances—making this an indispensable reference for avid Springsteen fansas well as those interested in learning the stories behind his music. Combiningpolitical analysis, music history, and colorful storytelling, BruceSpringsteen and the Promise of Rock ’n’ Roll reveals how a gifted, ambitious communitycollege dropout achieved superstardom—and spent decades refining what he wantedhis music to say.
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PostPosted: Fri 4 May - 23:31 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

Marianne. Je connais une carte bleue qui va bientôt chauffer.... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat 5 May - 08:29 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

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Marianne. Je connais une carte bleue qui va bientôt chauffer.... Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sat 5 May - 15:36 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

Je supose que c'est écrit en anglais? Neutral
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"Hear me now.. I go down, I don't die... Black rains fall, I come back... They gonna know me wherever I go" (A night with the Jersey Devil. Springsteen)
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PostPosted: Sat 5 May - 19:07 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

girlwitheyeslikerain wrote:

Je supose que c'est écrit en anglais? Neutral
Bin oui ...


Bruce est quand même une sacré source d'inspiration je trouve ... mais il le vaut bien ! Cool
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PostPosted: Sun 6 May - 13:38 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

Bon , ben avec un bon dico... et puis ça me fera travailler mon anglais que je parle avec les pieds! Wink
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"Hear me now.. I go down, I don't die... Black rains fall, I come back... They gonna know me wherever I go" (A night with the Jersey Devil. Springsteen)
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PostPosted: Sat 2 Jun - 10:21 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

il vient de sortir
Critique trouvée dans le NY times

Rock Center
New Books About Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen

WHO IS THAT MAN?
In Search of the Real Bob Dylan
By David Dalton
Illustrated. 383 pp. Hyperion. $26.99.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE PROMISE OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL
By Marc Dolan

Illustrated. 512 pp. W. W. Norton & Company. $29.95.

Reviewed by ROBIN FINN Published: June 1, 2012
Sometimes the “you” in my songs is me talking to me. Other times I can be talking to somebody else. . . . When I say “I” right now I don’t know who I’m talking about. I’m not sincere at all. . . . I don’t want to talk about protest songs. That’s all I do is . . . uh . . . protest.
— Bob Dylan

Self-knowledge is a kind of funny thing because the less of it you have, the more you think you have. You see, that’s its twisted blessing. When I was 22 or 23 I had . . . self-knowledge but I lost it along the way somewhere. . . . I think it’s hard to lose your old habits, even the ones that’ve led you wrong or come close to killing you.
— Bruce Springsteen

Their mythologies precede them: Bob Dylan, surreally hip and seemingly rootless; Bruce Springsteen, the Everyman with deep roots. One the antisocial poet and precocious patriarch of the post-Guthrie social protest anthem, the other a record company designee for the future of rock ’n’ roll post-Elvis; many thought he might even, gasp, be the next Dylan. Both grappled with the early hype that destined them for American Icon-dom. Each outwitted the hype; each admired the other. When the unwilling folkie chameleon was inducted into rock’s Hall of Fame in 1988, it was the earnest rocker from New Jersey who gave the speech.
The times they aren’t a-changin’ so radically that Dylan, at 71 a grandiose granddad, and Springsteen, at 62 a gym-­chiseled civic paragon, have worn out their welcome with biographical prospectors bent on extrapolating shards of cultural and socio­economic relevance from the re­cesses of their respective oeuvres. So, greetings from the genre of fusion biography, where biographers without a direct pipeline to the focus of the investigation delve into a rock legend with ­connect-the-dots fervor driven by a personal agenda.
David Dalton’s is to make lucid, accessible even, the chronic mutability of Dylan’s persona and musicianship by alternately insinuating himself into, and fantasizing about, the goings-on in his subject’s elastic and evasive mind. Using anecdotal evidence like a literary trampoline, “Who Is That Man?” aspires to pin down the elusive butterfly and enjoy a vicarious contact high in the process. Unapologetic about his reverence for Dylan, Dalton brings his idol back to earth with a string of zingers like: “Dylan played harmonica obnoxiously”; “Everyone turns into a parody of themselves in the end; it’s just that with Dylan there are so many selves out there.”

For Marc Dolan, a professor at John Jay College and the City University of New York, the task is more academic and humor harder to come by. But then, Springsteen is no butterfly. “Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’n’ Roll” endeavors to get to the heart of its subject by viewing him through the economic, social, political, religious and family turmoil that formed a musician who found out early on how to make his guitar talk but spent painful decades refining what he needed to make it say. Spring­steen’s creative evolution and endurance as a populist American rock ’n’ roll hero is, according to Dolan, “a slantwise way of telling the history of our times, how we have come together and divided over the last half-century, how we have changed what we think of ourselves as a people.”
Politics does not loom as large an informer of Springsteen’s social conscience as racially motivated social unrest. The professor in Dolan provides mini history lessons on the Rodney King debacle that left Los Angeles in flames (and left Springsteen unnerved) and the shooting of Amadou Diallo in New York City that provoked Springsteen’s incendiary “American Skin.” Bruce, the future of Western civilization may depend on you, and Dolan doesn’t seem to mind; he notes that even Barack Obama jokingly remarked to his wife, Michelle, backstage at a campaign event that if he couldn’t be Bruce Springsteen, the next best thing was to become president.

“Barack Obama actually thought like a rock star, and the rock star he most frequently sounded like was Bruce Spring­steen,” Dolan opines. And there is another reason they call him “the Boss.” Just ask the E Street Band how many times Springsteen doled out pink slips in the glory days (Dolan zeros in on the band’s personnel issues and Springsteen’s sporadic need to go it alone). But they’re still performing “Born in the U.S.A.” As Dolan suggests, because he is a poet of inclusion, Springsteen will always have an audience. And to a performer, that guarantees relevance.
And on to Dylan, who is scheduled to collect a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from Obama. Deconstructing the fabrications of a serial self-mythologizer is an arguably fraught enterprise. That goes double if, like Dalton, you are quick to confess that the man in the mirror (i.e. yourself, the veteran author of more than a dozen celebrity biographies) happens to idolize the genius genie he is trying not so much to yank from the bottle as to transfer into a transparent container. Or maybe this is Dalton’s atonement for acting as the enabler behind Steven Tyler’s best-selling “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” If we heard the noise, too, it would.

In “Who Is That Man?,” Dalton wants to inveigle Dylan into removing the shades and cowboy hat. He encourages him to take ownership even of the bittersweet message of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” though he understands Dylan’s irritation with Peter, Paul and Mary for morphing it into a sugarcoated pop hit. The hit, according to Dalton, made Dylan his first million and sounded a death knell for his involvement with the folkies: suddenly it was hipster/beatnik/outlaw season for Dylan.
But if Bob wouldn’t knuckle under and perform his famous protest song for Pope John Paul II in Bologna, Italy, in 1998 (it’s perversely consistent that the same troubadour who walked off “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1963 had the nerve to dis a request from a pope), the odds aren’t good that he’s going to allow a biographer microscopic access to his, uh, brain waves. So Dalton goes there without permission, a sort of literary equivalent to the cinematic expedition that was “Being John Malkovich.” Because he cops to the fact that he’s not going to succeed, his attempts at exposing, debunking and celebrating the essence of Robert Zimmerman’s Dylan-ness, and vice versa, make for an intriguing, often amusing, vision quest. Dylan’s quirks, kinks and inscrutability are fascinating fodder for endless interpretations. Dalton is entitled to his, and they’re the opposite of dull.
Smart move, though, to rethink his original title: “Bob’s Brain.” Nobody wants Dylan reduced to a Reader’s Digest-ready body organ. And wishful thinking on this reader’s part that Dolan had loosened up and not relied on chronology, exhaustive playlists and boilerplate conclusions about Springsteen’s inner demons. Still, avowed disciples of the Rev. Bruce won’t have many quibbles.
As for Dylan’s antics, we know (don’t we?) when we’re being manipulated: “Dylan’s ambition, like that of all other possessed egomaniacs — Sinatra, Bogart, Einstein, Picasso — was to implant an indelible image of himself in our heads. This he did only too spectacularly.” After time-traveling from Dylan’s Village folkie phase to his 21st-century appearance at Woodstock (well, Bethel Woods to be precise), Dalton compares him to “some great galleon encrusted with barnacles, seaweed, old shoes, tin cans, condoms” and brightly sums up his own fool’s errand: “Like Bob Dylan, the authentic American genius is a synthetic personality. They’re all hybrids, hence, inevitably charlatans. It’s the chameleon nature of the American hero — the confidence man, the hustler. His solution to the question of identity is that of the three-card monte player. Anyone looking for the Grand Unifying Theory of Bob is just going to have to keep looking.” Or read the book. Or both.
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Jun - 18:49 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

pour ceux que ça intéresse , un extrait du bouquin ici : http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/06/read-an-excerpt-from-bruce-spring…
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jul - 17:17 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

... et évidemment, quand je passe chez W.H. Smith, je passe par le rayon "musique" ... et donc, ce bouquin y était, il m'appelait ... je pouvais pas le décevoir ! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jul - 17:26 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

Wild Heart wrote:
... et évidemment, quand je passe chez W.H. Smith, je passe par le rayon "musique" ... et donc, ce bouquin y était, il m'appelait ... je pouvais pas le décevoir ! Laughing


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Ouais ... je crois que le problème est bien là !!! Rolling Eyes Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jul - 17:34 (2012)    Post subject: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll Reply with quote

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Wild Heart wrote:
... et évidemment, quand je passe chez W.H. Smith, je passe par le rayon "musique" ... et donc, ce bouquin y était, il m'appelait ... je pouvais pas le décevoir ! Laughing


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