Packed full of insightful stories from Springsteen's long career, Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs takes a detailed look at each and every one of Springsteen's album tracks, providing a unique look at this rock legend's method, as well as some of the many anecdotes and tales that are prolific in his long music history.
Deeply researched, laced with insight from decades of fandom and original reporting, Hiatt provides an exhaustive and unique look at the writing, recording and significance of Springsteen's singular catalogue of songs by drawing on interview material with Bruce himself, as well as many important people involved in the recording process over the years, including Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, David Sancious, Mike Appel, Bob Clearmountain, Ron Aniello, Jimmy Iovine, Louis Lahav, Chuck Plotkin, Tom Morello and Larry Alexander. Each album is discussed and then each song is examined for lyrical meaning, placing in historical context where necessary or relevant.
It's the first book to cover every officially released track, from hits to obscurities, from 1974's Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. to 2014's High Hopes.
About the Author
Brian Hiatt is a Senior Writer for Rolling Stone magazine, where he began in 2004 as an Associate Editor. He has written 54 Rolling Stone cover stories so far - the second-highest total for any writer in the magazine's history. He was previously on staff at Entertainment Weekly and its website as well as at MTV News. He shared the Scripps Howard National Journalism award in 2000 for an investigation of the riots at Woodstock '99. He has interviewed Bruce Springsteen five times, including for the artist's most recent Rolling Stone cover story.