Sunday, August 14, 2016

Book Review: Find Out How Bruce Springsteen Became "The Boss" With New Illustrated History Release

Bruce Springsteen is known throughout the musical world as "The Boss." His lyrics have become the battle cry for the working man and his music has inspired generations to speak their minds and be free. Bruce Springsteen did not do it with his music alone, his look and his image played just as an important part of his career as his music. On July 22nd, Voyageur Press released a new hardcover book titled "BOSS: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - The Illustrated History." It follows Springsteen from his early days as a solo artist in Asbury Park to lighting up America during one of its darkest moments in history.

This new 200+ page book was authored by Gillian G. Gear, who also authored "The Doors: The Illustrated History" and contributed to "Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History." She does a great job gathering all the facts from Springsteen's life and sorting them out in a complete, intelligent story about his rise to fame. As each chapter is dedicated to a monumental part of the career of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, each studio album is also represented with its own write up. As you read the analysis of each album, you are given insight into the meanings behind the songs and to the flow of the album.

The book describes in detail how Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" album turned them from a local east coast phenomenon, into a global juggernaut. Their live shows were legendary and beginning with the album, "The River," Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were masters of studio and the stage, delivering sold-out shows everywhere they played.

"BOSS" also dives into Springsteen's personal life with his marriage and then divorce to Julianne Phillips and finding love again with Patti Scialfia. The book also dives into Springsteen's solo career, without the E Street Band. Riding a creative high with the albums "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town," Bruce Springsteen's music always had a home in the hearts of the American people, because that's who he wrote and sang for.

After the attacks on September 11, 2001; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were the guiding musical light for the country to heal. His album "The Rising" gave strength back to a devastated country and since then, he has continued to bring his music to his fans, touring non-stop for the past 20 years.

Flipping through the pages, you will notice the hundreds of rare and unpublished photos of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. As well as some live memorabilia and rare press photos. The story within "BOSS: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - The Illustrated History" brings us right to the release of "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" at the end of 2015. For those that may not know the entire story behind "the man" and "the band," this is the perfect place to start. To find out more, please visit

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