Springsteen: A Notion Deep Inside

October 31, 2020
Springsteen: A Notion Deep Inside

Everybody has a hungry heart...and a Bruce story. At timescomical, informative, and opinionated, author Greg Miller embarkson a casual jaunt through the timeline of Springsteen's earlycareer. From the diverse perspectives of unusual encounters andinterviews, the author observes the emerging career of rock 'nroll's premier entertainer and explains why he is The Boss..Spanning a career of 47 years, Bruce has logged more than 1,750concerts to date. There are fans and there are superfans.Springsteen A Notion Deep Inside interviews the superfans, one whoattended 795 Bruce concerts (including all 113 on The Darknesstour), and explains why his fans know him as The Boss. Meet a fanwith a 25-foot Bruce man cave mural and a fan who grew up with thefamily and reveals the location of Greasy Lake and an educatedguess of where The River flows, and another fan who explains thescience of getting those impossible-to-obtain Bruce tickets.Whilethe author shares stories of fans he met in the Caribbean, Peru andIreland, fans who wanted to share their Springsteen stories, aswith nearly all things Bruce, the journey begins and ends in NewJersey.For the uninitiated, The Shore is explained, top to bottom,Keyport to Cape May, Shoobies and BENNYs, Mt. Mitchell, TheUpstairs, The Student Price, and The Stony Pony, Jenks to JimmyByrne's—they're all in the book.As a final observation, the authorlocates Bruce in the all-time rock 'n roll pantheon, and chiselshis place on Rock's Mt. Rushmore.The companion website lists everySpringsteen concert (and shows cancelled), unique memorabilia, rocklists, never-before-seen concert photos, and suggests road tripsand further reading to explain the origin of the darkness thatseeped into Bruce's edge of town.Table ofContentsIntroductionAcknowledgementsSection 1— Hors d'oeuvre—How touse this bookSection 2―Every Body Has a Hungry HeartThe French WestIndies—of all PlacesThe Boss Almost Played Loyola in 1972The BestSeats to See Bruce Were FreeMemorabilia- A Piece of theBossIntimacy–You Talking To Me?Section 3—The Performer—New JerseyFinds Its Pride in SpringsteenWhen The Boss Outranks the Chairmanof the BoardThe Payoff—I'm On the Cover of Time and NewsweekGettingtickets – Shut Out of the Meadowlands in 1984A Hard Act toFollowGrowing Up—Variations on a ThemeThe Venues—The BottomLineSection 4―His Music – More than Just an E Street ShuffleSparksFly on E StreetRock 'n roll FusionWhat Rock 'n roll Isn'tAt ItsBest Rock is InspirationalBruce's Music—"Lapsed-Catholic" RockWhyare Bruce's Songs So Dark—Connecting the ShadowsJerseyCalling—9/11Section 5—The Fans and the Super Fans —Tramps LikeUsPhilip "PJ" Petchers—A Bruce Concert VeteranThe Joe LammInterviewThe Man Cave of John NorjenJim Erdman―In a League of HisOwnWill O'Connor—The Professional Fan—A Local HeroThe B StreetBand—The ReplacementsHow Long Can Bruce and the E Street BandContinue?Section 6—BackstreetsBruce and his PoliticsMaking Rock 'nroll ListsWhat to Take to the Island—Rock 'n roll ListsBeing In theConversationSection 7—Trying to write this bookReferences—Sourcesand Suggested Reading MaterialsAbout the AuthorAlso By TheAuthorRoad Trips to ConsiderIf eBooks Had a Back Cover—This WouldBe ItEndpiece