I've been reading Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run--so far, it's a great book. I enjoyed the chapters about his childhood more than I thought I would: very evocative details about a time that seems as distant as the nineteenth century.
Now I'm to the chapters about his early years of forming bands and playing in all sorts of places. It's a fascinating exploration of the different kinds of music and instruments that the musicians around Springsteen played in the late 60's.
I bought the book for two reasons: I heard Springsteen interviewed on this episode of Fresh Air, and Terry Gross was full of praise for the book. I was intrigued; Gross doesn't usually praise books in quite that way.
I was also assembling an Amazon order. I wanted to pick up some old Bob Dylan CDs before the price went up in the aftermath of Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. But to get free shipping, I needed to add some books. Thus, the Springsteen.
At the risk of sounding like some of my students, I didn't realize it would be so long--but I'm happy to be immersed in it. It's the kind of book I like, an analysis of creativity and what helps or hinders and artist. Even if I didn't know Springsteen's music, I imagine I would like this book. But it helps that Springsteen is part of the soundtrack of my life.
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