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Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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Having seen the Wrecking Ball Tour two weeks ago in America, I found our audience of 20,000 far more participant, respectful and exuberant than Rose's characterization. Still, Rose knows her topic, and has seen enough Springsteen through her editorial work in BACKSTREETS, to admit exceptions to her rules.
She is a brisk, economical writer with a wonderful eye for detail and thirst to learn more about the sites she visits. She treats Springsteen and the Band with respect instead of adoration, and through her shadow experiment, emphasizes what a positive, potent force these fine musicians are at their best.
More a series of essays, or a brief collection of articles than a "book," the author errs by writing such a brief work about such a large topic. I felt shorted. I had too many unanswered questions, and was put off to find that 20% of the text was a pitch for Rose's upcoming novel. Not a smart choice in this case.
Still, RAISE YOUR HAND is an inexpensive, well-produced, must-have for any Springsteen fan. Had this been a longer work, or had Rose created a longer collective work including some of her own essays, this might have been a really significant read.
Buy it if you enjoy well-crafted rock journalism, and keep an eye on this writer,especially her non-fiction. I expect to see her name again on a far more substantial book.
This points to another way in which she is a unique music writer: she doesn't have a Golden Age, any Golden Age, to which she hearkens back. For Rose, there is great rock 'n' roll, live and recorded, in every era. You just have to listen with both joy and care. I don't always agree with her, but she makes me think about my own opinions, my own musical tastes, and that usually makes me want to go back and listen with fresh ears.
Much has been written this year (cough cough, David "Bobo" Brooks) about Springsteen in Europe vs. Springsteen in the US. In "Raise Your Hand," Rose reports live from the belly of the beast, or in this case the GA pit. As always, her mind and her viscera are equally engaged, and this brief book is the best intelligent-fan's-eye account I have ever read of a rock 'n' roll tour. That doesn't surprise me, of course, since I consider Rose's "B-Sides and Broken Hearts" one of the most successful rock 'n' roll novels ever.
Read this book to learn about Springsteen at 62; read it to learn about the fate of classic rock in the 21st century; read it to learn about a sprawling megatour in the time of the declining Euro--just read it. Rose will make you smile, feel, and think.
Not only is it a wonderful glimpse into the way Europeans celebrate both Bruce Springsteen and live music but it's a handy how-to for folks interesting in taking on the same adventure that Caryn and her companion Glenn took on this summer. Most impressively, for me, is how Caryn Rose tells a story. I didn't recognize half the songs she mentions Bruce singing and yet she made me understand clearly what they mean to the fans. (It also compelled me hit iTunes for a few downloads.)
You don't have to be a fan of The Boss to appreciate and enjoy this book. You just have to want to read a fascinating tale of a unique and exhilarating experience from an intimate point of view. After reading this book, I felt like I had been to Europe, slept in the mud, eaten ham sandwiches and witnessed Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney on stage together.
There have been many books I've read and immediately regretted spending the time on...this is not one of those books.