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

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

by Clinton Heylin


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670026623
Publisher: Viking Adult
Publication date: 01/03/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

May 2, 2012-Mama Knows 'Rithmetic 1

Prehistory: 1964-72-Kicked Open A Door To Your Mind 3

Part I Born With Nothing 37

Chapter 1 1971-72-Songs About Cars & Girls 39

Chapter 2 1973-Hammond's (Other) Folly 61

Chapter 3 1974-75-Trading In Wings For Wheels 89

Chapter 4 1975-77-Cashed In A Few of My Dreams 113

Chapter 5 1977-78-Chasing Something In The Night 144

Part II Better Off That Way 171

Chapter 6 1978-79-The Ties That Bind 173

Chapter 7 1980-81-Take Me To The River 203

Chapter 8 1981-82-Reasons To Believe 228

Chapter 9 1982-84-Growin' Up 251

Chapter 10 1984-88-None But The Brave 275

Epilogue: November 22, 2009-Everything That Dies, Some Day Comes Back 297

Acknowledgments 301

Selected Bibliography 305

A Selective Bootleg CD Discography 315

Index 319

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