Walk Like A Man

Walk Like A Man

Coming of Age With the Music of Bruce Springsteen

eBook - 2011
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There are dozens of books about the Boss, exploring every facet of his career. So what's left to say? Nothing objective, perhaps. But when it comes to music, objectivity is highly overrated. Robert Wiersema has been a Springsteen fan since he was a teenager. By most definitions, he's a fanatic: following tours to see multiple shows in a row, watching set lists develop in real time via the Internet, ordering bootlegs from shady vendors in Italy. His attachment is deeper than fandom, though: he's grown up with Springsteen's music as the soundtrack to his life, beginning with his working-class youth in rural British Columbia and continuing on through dreams of escape, falling in love, and becoming a father. Walk Like a Man is liner notes for a mix tape, a frank and inventive blend of biography, music criticism, and memoir over the course of thirteen tracks. Like the best mix tapes, it balances joy and sorrow, laughter seasoning the dark-night-of-the-soul questions that haunt us all. Wiersema's book is the story of a man becoming a man (despite getting a little lost along the way), and of the man and the music that have accompanied him on his journey.
Publisher: [United States] : Greystone Books : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781553658467
1553658469
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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rowanquincy Jan 29, 2012

Didn't enjoy this book. More on growing up as a nerd, little Springsteen insights.

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okbookgirl
Nov 12, 2011

This is a mix of information about Springsteen and selected albums/songs that were vital to Wiersema starting when he is a young teenager in a very small Fraser Valley town to today (when he is an acclaimed writer, husband and dad). I am not a super-devoted Springsteen fan, but I really liked this book. Wiersema's voice is great - candid and funny. It's also compassionate - toward himself and his family, and toward Mr. Springsteen. Great memoir of two men's lives - and while I likely won't be searching out those pinnacle bootlegs that Wiersema recommends, I will soon bring up some Springsteen performances on YouTube. And, I am recommending this book!

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