Marc Dolan traces the cultural, political and personal forces that shaped the music of Bruce Springsteen. Beyond his constant stylistic adaptations, Springsteen developed from being the voice of a guy from working class New Jersey to writing about the larger issues facing America. Dolan draws on a range of new and little-known sources, making this an indispensable reference for avid Springsteen fans as well as those interested in learning the stories behind his music. Combining political analysis, music history and colourful storytelling, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll reveals how a gifted, ambitious community college dropout achieved superstardom and spent decades refining what he wanted his music to say. Updated with a new chapter on The Promise, Wrecking Ball and the 2012 tour.
"...no other singer-songwriter still active in the 21st Century has spawned as many academic studies as The Boss, and Dolan's book is among the very best...the author's examination of an extraordinary body of work is as clear-headed and accessible as the music itself." Record Collector "Those who are interested in the shaping of an American icon - and, more significantly, the creation of some lasting American music - may be directed safely to this book." The Washington Post "This is an addictive book...It twists so fine through one of rock'n'roll's most fascinating stories." Classic Rock Magazine "Springsteen is probably the distillation of all that is best about American music rolled into one great artist, and in this book Marc Dolan goes into immense detail to prove it." Irish Independent "Dolan does a good job of telling the story of his [Bruce Springsteen's] continuing relevance..." Belfast Telegraph "...meticulously detailed biography..." The Daily Record "Riveting...The best book on Bruce ever written!" Douglas Brinkley