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

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Somehow I got it in my head that Clinton Heylin's E Street Shuffle was more about the E Street Band and less about Springsteen, specifically. Turns out it's a pretty straight forward Boss bio with a ... Read full review

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

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Read the British edition, with the appendix in back describing all of the recording sessions up thru Born in the USA. The actual text is only fair, with some unwarranted criticism and retreading lots ... Read full review

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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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