This sweeping biography is the first in twenty-five years to be written with the cooperation of Bruce Springsteen himself. With unfettered access to the artist, his family, and band members-including Clarence Clemons in his last major interview-Peter Ames Carlin presents an intimate and vivid portrait of a rock icon. For more than four decades, Springsteen has reflected the heart and soul of America. Built from years of research and unparalleled access to its subject and his inner circle, Bruce presents the most revealing account yet of a man laden with family tragedy, a tremendous dedication to his artistry, and an all-consuming passion for fame and influence. Book jacket.