Wednesday, September 05, 2012

BC2012: Magic in the Night by Rob Kirkpatrick

I'm going to see Bruce Springsteen at Wrigley Field on Friday night. Although I've seen him twice before and I've been a fan for over 25 years, I don't listen to him much these days so I thought it might be good to reacquaint myself with his back catalog. I bought this book during the Borders bankruptcy last year, and I figured now would be a good time to read it.

Magic in the Night is okay. Although it is supposed to be about Springsteen's words and music, there is a lot of biographical info, and oddly that was what I enjoyed the most. I've never read a book about Springsteen before, so this book filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge. As for the song analysis, I don't think I gained much from that aside from the urge to pull out a few of Springsteen's older albums (I was really digging the jazzy sounds of The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle the other night). I guess I expected more revelations, but a lot of Springsteen's work isn't that hard to figure out in the first place.

So Magic in the Night didn't get me psyched. But this lengthy profile from the New Yorker sure did! Hat tip to Peter King at Sports Illustrated(!) for the link.

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