Bruce Springsteen is one of the most extensively written about artists of all times. Books about him started arriving even before he was a superstar. This is probably because he is a “natural dramatist with a knack for crafting memorable, fleshed-out characters”. Here’s a list of 5 of the best books written about Bruce Springsteen ever. So if you are looking to be a Springsteen scholar, don’t miss these!
Down Thunder Road: The Making of Bruce Springsteen by Marc Eliot (1992)
This is the story of how the industry made Bruce Springsteen, who according to the author Marc Eliot, is a product. It focuses on Springsteen’s early years with his manager Mike Appel, who also helped with the writing of the book.
Bruce Springsteen on Tour: 1968-2005 by Dave Marsh (2006)
Over the years, Bruce Springsteen, with his rugged looks, has been on the cover of most of his albums as well as quite a few photo books. However, the most fascinating one is this one by his biographer, Dave Marsh. The book includes reflections, photographs, and memorabilia from all eras of Springsteen’s career.
Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin (2012)
One of the most comprehensive books, this one by journalist Peter Ames Carlin tells the simple story of Bruce’s life with a literary flair. “Told chronologically and offering insight into all of Springsteen’s recorded work, Bruce provides the most complete portrait of the man behind the songs.”
Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe by Caryn Rose (2012)
A travelogue from the European leg of 2012’s Wrecking Ball tour written by Caryn Rose talks about the obsessive, tireless insanity and beauty of Bruce Springsteen fans, especially during the long tours. The book “breaks down the differences between American fans and European ones” and ” suggests that overseas fans have a more positive and inclusive community ”
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (2016)
This 500 pages of passionate autobiography focus on the stories that only Bruce Springsteen can tell. It tells us about the numerous road trips, his relationship with his father, his creative and personal struggles and more in an authorial voice which is reminiscent of his early songwriting.