Reviews: Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (the autobiography)

img_3723One of the best books I’ve ever read came out earlier this autumn. It’s called Born to Run, and it’s the autobiography of Bruce Springsteen.

I’ve been a Bruce fan since 2002, aged 17. A love affair that’s gotten stronger and stronger through the years. I love Bruce for his empathy, his burning heart, his compassion, his ability to comfort and offer solace – his outstanding lyrics are made of this. I love him for his melodies and that voice.

So when news broke earlier this year that he was to release his autobiography, my expectations instantly grew to gigantic proportions. After having read a few pages once the book was released, it was clear that these expectations were fulfilled.

All the things I love about Bruce’s music and lyrics; the warmth, the compassion, the solace, has been transferred to a 500+ page book, without losing any of the poetry or urgency or intimacy. I was stunned throughout reading it.

He speaks freely and with his head held high about his bouts with depression and alienation, his troubled relationship with his father, personal loss, his creative work and the joys of his family life. He makes the reader feel less alone, that it’s okay to be ”grown up” and still feel lost, alone, haunted and hunted. But he’s never defeatist. He builds up strength and gives the demons one hell of a fight. And he’s still standing.

Buy the book from Adlibris or Amazon, and listen to Bruce’s music wherever and whenever you get the chance.

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New Discoveries: The Arms of Someone New

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The Arms of Someone New isn’t a new band in any literal sense of the word, but they’re (sort of) new to me. Apparently, according to Last.fm, I briefly listened to them back in the spring of 2010, but I have no real recollection of it, so to call it a rediscovery would be a stretch. A new discovery it is.

But who are they? TAoSN was a duo from Chicago, IL, consisting of members Mel Eberle and Steve Jones. They played a sort of ethereal mix between postpunk, cold wave and dream pop. Chilly synthesizers, drum machines, jagged guitars. Soft vocals. Lots of atmosphere.

They formed in 1983 and released their debut LP, Susan Sleepwalking, in 1985, on indie label Office Records. A follow-up, Promise, was released in 1988. I have yet to listen to the latter, but I have nothing but praise for the former. The reissue, available on Spotify, consists of the original album as well as an EP, Burying The Carnival, also released in 1985, and a 7-inch, Holy Dance, from 1984.

The music on Susan Sleepwalking is subtle, dreamy, melancholy without being gloomy, hard to grasp, but easy to get lost in. Despite sort of moving in the same sphere as the goth music of the era, TAoSN is more a walk along the sea shore at dusk rather than a midnight trip to the abandoned asylum or the church yard. It’s romance rather than nihilism or cynicism.

They never made it big. They probably didn’t make a living out of TAoSN. They have 111 listeners on Spotify. Despite its obvious beauty, this is not music for the masses. That says a lot more about the masses, though.

Listen to them on Spotify. Spread the word.

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