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Book Title: It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen|
The author of the book: Eric Alterman
Edition: Little, Brown and Company
Date of issue: January 30th 2010
ISBN 13: 9780759525900
Format files: PDF
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Amongst his other books, Eric Alterman’s “It Ain’t No Sin to be Glad You’re Alive: the Promise of Bruce Springsteen” stands as the odd one out. While all other books in his bibliography cover political, historical and social topics, Alterman’s biography on American rocker Bruce Springsteen is clearly a labour of love. The author is a Boss-afficionado and the subject matter is hardly handled objectively. But why should he be? People who would want to read this book, are no doubt Springsteen-fans too, so the shared love by author and reader create an intimate connection from page one.
Racing along with a speed that matches “Candy’s Room”, Alterman describes Springsteen’s life from the musician’s repressed childhood in New Jersey to his discovery of the freedom possible through music. After that, things really heat up. The author knows how to convey the passion with which Bruce starts developing his musical ambitions and the eventual success of the “Born to Run” album reads and feels like a fantastic, well-deserved victory. After that, the success only grows bigger and bigger, and Alterman examines how a simply singer-songwriter from New Jersey has become a guide, prophet, and conscience for at least one generation.
Though the pacing is pleasantly high throughout, making “It Ain’t No Sin…” an easily readable book, certain essential details are sourly missed. Why did certain early E-Street members decide to leave the band? Why did it take 6 months to produce the four minutes of “Born to Run”? None of these questions – and many others – are explained very well, if at all. Fans who’ve already spent a lot of time – and money on other books, DVDs and sources of information – on the life of the Boss might know the answers to these questions, but the uninitiated might be left behind slightly puzzled while Alterman already races on down the streets to the next album.
With plenty of experience on writing political and historical books, Alterman does a great job of comparing Springsteen’s work to the general state of mind of Americans at the time of release of a specific album, and vice versa. This, alongside with the author’s personal stories on what he had to go through to obtain tickets for certain shows, forms one of the strongest aspects of this book. The love for the artist might become a bit too gushy and worshipful by the end, but they help keep the tone light and playful from start to finish.
Being one big ode and fan-letter to the Boss, Eric Alterman’s “It Ain’t No Sin to be Glad You’re Alive: the Promise of Bruce Springsteen” is a honest biography with welcome personal touches, but the whole moves a bit too fast to please hardcore fans or to keep newbies interested throughout.
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Read information about the authorEric Alterman is an American English teacher, historian, journalist, author, media critic, blogger and educator. His political weblog named Altercation was hosted by MSNBC.com from 2002 until 2006, by Media Matters for America until December 2008, and now is hosted by The Nation.
Alterman began his journalism career in 1983, freelancing originally for The Nation, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, Harper's, Le Monde diplomatique, and later, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others, while working as a senior fellow for the World Policy Institute in New York City and Washington, DC. He published his first book, Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy, which won the 1992 George Orwell Award, while studying for his doctorate in US history in Stanford in 1992. Shortly after that he became the Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones, and soon thereafter Rolling Stone, before returning to The Nation as a columnist in 1995. Alterman has also been a contributing editor to ELLE, and a regular columnist for Worth and the London Sunday Express.