Fireworks

Book & Magazine Reviews

Craig Statham - 'Springsteen (Saint In The City: 1949-1974)' http://ns2.rocktopiarecords.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/b5/31/81/craig-statham-springsteen-saint-in-the-city-rocktopia-book-review-98-1390333306.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 21, 2014    
15548   0   1   0   0   0

I would call this book a must for Springsteen fans, especially those who appreciate the early albums.

Published by: Soundcheck Books

As a huge Springsteen fan who has read countless books on the "Boss", this book has provided me the single greatest source of new information. 'Saint In The City', written by Craig Statham, covers the previously neglected years before 'Born To Run' and provides a clear insight into Springsteen's background, motives and inspirations.

The book is written chronologically about the first 25 years of Springsteen's life. It covers his resentment against organised religion (a recurrent theme in his initial music), his testing relationship with his father and his musical enlightenment following the Beatles and the rest of the British Invasion. Springsteen was initially a big fish in the small pond of the New Jersey music scene and the book extensively covers his advancement in early bands, which included the Castiles, Steel Mill and the Bruce Springsteen Band. His jump from a moderately successful local band leader to a signed acoustic musician will never be fully explained but the book attempts to do this by showing Springsteen as always having a long term plan and continually making small compromises to finally get to the top. As a result, having being signed by Columbia as a Dylan-esque acoustic singer/songwriter which was the only available way to get a record contract, he immediately formed the E Street Band for his debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park'.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Statham references all quotes and facts meticulously and has spoken to the near forgotten musicians, promoters and club owners who were involved with Springsteen's pre-fame years. Insights into the Springsteen alumni are included and the quote from Chuck Berry that Southside Johnny was a "white guy (who) can play the real blues" is priceless. Interestingly, the book portrays "Mad Dog" Lopez as the most prominent musician in Springsteen's early career and his removal from the band was a bigger deal than I previously thought. The book ends at the point of Jon Landau's legendary quote regarding "rock and roll future" and with the single 'Born To Run' on the horizon.

For completeness and clarity, the book includes a series of family trees on Springsteen's early bands and some rare colour and black and white photos.

I would call this book a must for Springsteen fans, especially those who appreciate the early albums and want to understand how the foundations for 'Born To Run' were laid.

Rob McKenzie

Share this on the web.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  August 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 2 weeks ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site