Meta/Summary: The first Bruce Springsteen biography in 25 years to be written with complete access to the Boss. Hardcover published November 6, 2012 by Touchstone. 494 pages.
Keywords: E Street Band, The Boss, Clarence Clemons, Blue-Collar Troubadour, Jersey Shore bands, “Born to Run,” Mike Appel
Random Jacket Copy: “He has also become an influential voice in American culture and politics, inspiring President Barack Obama to admit: ‘I’m the president, but he’s the Boss.’”
Random Quote: “Most nights he absorbed all of his fears and anxieties and transformed them into the rocket fuel he needed to catapult himself over the footlights and into the empty air above the crowd.” (p. 211)
Author Website: PeterAmesCarlin.com
More by Peter Ames Carlin: Paul McCartney: A Life. Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Beyond the Limits. Brave New Bride.
Other Notable Bruce Springsteen Bios: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts.
External Review of Bruce: Will Hermes at the San Francisco Chronicle writes: “Bruce profiles a hugely talented and furiously driven human being who uses antidepressants and is not free of character flaws. Who knew, for instance, that the Boss could be a lousy boss?…Carlin deserves applause for the most complete Bruce bio to date.”