Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Springsteen book goes to Number One - ahead of release!

The new edition of 'Land of Hope and Dreams' is the number one Springsteen book on Amazon - three days before it is even released!
Many thanks to everyone has pre-ordered.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Land of Hope and Dreams - Special Edition

The new edition of Land of Hope and Dreams is now complete.
It is packed with more photos than we imagined we could get into an e-book.
Plus the new Wrecking Ball chapters feature almost 24,000 words, bringing the book to a barn-storming 112,000 words.
We've met so many people who have asked us to update the book. 
It feels great to have finally been able to do it.
It will be available on Amazon from May 16.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill

On General Election day here is Bruce Springsteen’s cover of one of the best political songs ever written.
“Joe Hill” is a tribute to the Swedish-American labour activist who was executed in 1915.
Paul Robeson recorded one of the best known versions of the song.
Its influence on Springsteen’s own “We Are Alive” is very evident.

"Bruce Springsteen? Isn't he the American Shakin’ Stevens?"

There is a DJ on a small regional radio station in Wales who owes me thousands of pounds. And I owe him my undying gratitude.
Why? Because this man – I don’t even know his name – introduced me to the music of Bruce Springsteen.
And over the years I’ve bought every record Bruce has made, bought every magazine and newspaper he has appeared in, travelled to a couple of dozen concerts, even driven to Rotterdam to join a special get-together of Springsteen fans.
Hence, the DJ’s debt to me.
But following Springsteen, living through his songs, understanding the many messages of his music, and enjoying his companionship, has changed my life.
So, my debt to the DJ by far outweighs any material debt I may claim from him.
Every morning during my childhood this man played “The River”. And at just about the same time: ten minutes before I headed out to school.
The song mesmerised me. The tune was moving, mournful. But it was the lyrics that drew me in.
This wasn’t just a song. It was a short story. Even as a young teenager – living thousands of miles from Johnstown, wherever that may be – I got it. I identified immediately with the two lives at the heart of the story.
And wondered about the writer too. Who was this man who put words like “construction” and “economy” into a love song? This was unlike any love song I had heard. It was real.
These two people must exist somewhere.
A friend was also getting into Springsteen, through an older brother. I quizzed about him about Bruce.
So far, I’d read one bit of information – from a dubious source.
Smash Hits – yes, I know – had described Springsteen as a kind of “American Shakin’ Stevens”.
Sitting in the science lab at school, ignoring the physics teacher, I repeated this to my friend.
My friend’s face went red. The heat rose through his cheeks. I was afraid his rage would cause the Bunsen burner on the desk in front of us to ignite.
“They don’t know anything,” he shouted, almost falling off the uncomfortable wooden stool they sat us on to keep us awake.
I never bought Smash Hits again.
Born in the USA came out and I bought all the previous albums at the same time. I fell in love with them all, and with The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle in particular. I still feel that if I were marooned on a desert island it is the album I would clutch to my chest.
Despite the massive media interest in Springsteen at the time, liking him wasn’t cool. I quickly became known as the Springsteen fan in my school year. The only one.
There was no internet then. No Bruce Buds. Springsteen’s life seemed a world away from mine. I got my gossip from Dan French’s fanzine, Point Blank.
It’s more than thirty years now since I first got into Bruce. He’s my oldest friend.
And every time I hear “The River” it is still as magical, still as affecting, still as powerful.

It’s wonderful how a song can make such a connection… down through the years… across thousands of miles… and into the hearts of so many.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Price You Pay

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band
The Price You Pay
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
July 18, 2013

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sittin' round here tryin' to write this book

Thanks to everyone who has sent us contributions for the upcoming e-book version of LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS.

So sorry we haven't been able to reply to everybody.

There is still time to send us stories - until the end of March.

We are hoping to edit the new version during April and May for release towards the end of May - ahead of the June Slane +30 anniversary.

Get in touch - wherever you are, as long as it is somewhere in BossLand!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Telling us your story for updated Springsteen book

Quick update following previous post.
We've had lots of questions about the word count for submissions.
We want as many people to be included as we can, so we are looking at 1,000 words for an absolute maximum.
Please try not to write more than is necessary. Short stories of a few paragraphs will be just as welcome as ones of 400 or 500 words.
As always, we have to reserve the right to cut for editorial purposes. All stories will be professionally proofed, so don't worry if you are concerned about grammar, spelling, etc.
A reminder: here's the email address for stories