E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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An intimate look at one of rock's brightest stars and his legendary backing band

Before he was the swaggering, stadium-packing megastar, Bruce Springsteen was a brooding introvert, desperate to strike a balance between his nuanced songwriting and the heft of his backing band. Clinton Heylin's revelatory biography, E Street Shuffle, chronicles the evolution and influence of Springsteen's E Street Band as they rose from blue-collar New Jersey to the heights of rock stardom. The band's players—most notably saxophonist Clarence “Big Man” Clemons, guitarist “Little” Stevie Van Zandt, and drummer Max Weinberg—became Springsteen's comrades in concert, helping him find the elusive sound and sonic punch that highlighted The Boss's most creative period, including Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born to Run, and Born in the USA. Fans will also learn another side of Springsteen, one punctuated with his clashes with studio executives seeking a commercially viable, radio-friendly album, and his temporary disbanding of the E Street Band to pursue projects like the eerie acoustic of Nebraska. Coinciding with the forteith anniversary of Springsteen's debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, drawing on interviews and access to new recordings and shows, Heylin paints a bold picture of The Boss.

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Review: E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

User Review  - Reuben Herfindahl - Goodreads

A fascinating read, but at times it seemed like I'd read it before. It suffers from the same problems as his definitive Dylan book, "Behind the Shades". As in it tends to get too far into the weeds of ... Read full review

Review: E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

User Review  - Larry - Goodreads

This was awful. A litany of unreleased songs, lyric changes, and endless studio time. And then we have the author's opinion of these unreleased songs and lyric changes, and he's not happy with Bruce's ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Clinton Heylin is the author of Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades and several other books about popular music and entertainment. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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