Bruce Springsteen, writer of more than 250 songs, is among the most literate rock singers. His songs touch people's hearts and minds. Simply put, he is the story teller of our generation. "Tougher Than the Rest" discusses the best of Springsteen's vast body of work, from "Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ" to "Devils & Dust". The author comments on each song's origin and the critical response it received. The book shares insights into the songs' literary, historical, and cultural references. It's packed with numerous sidebars and is accompanied by photographs and lots of extras, including a complete song list, discography, and bibliography. It is a must for all Springsteen fans!
Born in Glasgow, June Skinner Sawyers has written extensively about music, travel, history, spirituality, and popular culture. She contributes regularly for the Chicago Tribune, where she used to write a nightlife column, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has taught numerous classes in the humanities at the Newberry Library in Chicago, including a course that studied the music of Bruce Springsteen. She is the author/editor of more than a dozen books, including Celtic Music, Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader, and the forthcoming About a Lucky Band that Made the Grade: The Beatles Together...and Apart.