Down Bruce Springsteen
His 100 Finest Songs
M. Cohan, Woodie
Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
What do these timeless songsters have in common? Each has created
important American anthems that entertain while capturing a Nation’s
moods; ebbs and flow. And two of the music makers have a song-by-song
biographer in author Jim Beviglia.
in his latest Counting Down (his last was Dylan) he talks about
one hundred of Springsteen’s songs with researched knowledge.
Unlike, say, that crapfest on Clash songs were the writer just
opinionated to and fro spewing words like one of those spinning
paint machine a child uses to create “art”.
are 100 songs, from little known (en masse) to the radio toppers.
And, for the sake of being to the point, there are two that can
give a fan reason enough to covet this book: The Wrestler, and
Born in the USA.
as with each title, shares insight into the song, and his opinion.
Here, in The Wrestler, song-wise is the visceral process the movie-soundtrack
author goes through. Getting into the character's mind-state,
defeated life. Yet, he must be likeable and familiar. Springsteen
managed it. Then, Beviglia gets personal as the song was not nominated
for an Oscar: “Springsteen’s song undoubtedly stands
high above most…integrity, truth, and raw power…”
Here, the fan shines through. He’s right, it’s just
adorable how tantrum-y he gets, while still being spot on about
the song, along with Mickey
Rourke, not being honored or even acknowledged....
in Born in the USA (where Beviglia is able to work in the word
kerfuffle!) we are reminded that beneath the now-anthem, was a
Vietnam veterans’ return and war’s emotional impact…people
still miss that. Instead, being blissfully happy to go arms aloft
with a can-o-beer towards the volume 11 speaker to toast being
book is about the songs. But, you learn a lot about Bruce through
the lyrics and their use or analysis of course. And, Counting
is fun to read for people who love music; it is equivalent to
well-read gallery essays on say Van Gogh. But, it is simply a
must have for Springsteen fans. You may debate, adore or dislike
Beviglia's views, but still relish in the study of each work.