Counting down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs by Jim Beviglia 

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by Jim Beviglia
Series: Counting Down
Hardcover: 220 pages
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 4, 2014)

As with all of Jim Beviglia’s “Counting Down” books, this one should really be looked at not as a countdown but as an in depth analysis of The Boss’ finest songs.  This time around I pretty much agree with the order of songs, but many won’t.

What makes this and the other books in his series is Beviglia’s in depth analysis.  He goes into detail on pretty much every aspect of a song.  I would love to browse through his music library, knowing how his detailed listening must require a huge library.   Beviglia discusses the musical arrangements, the lyrics, the history of the artist, and most of all how well the song tells a story.

I’ve always loved Springsteen’s music up until 1980’s “The River,” and kinda just stopped listening to him through the 80s.  This book not only gave me a deeper appreciation of his later work, but actually made me go out and buy some “newer” Springsteen albums.  On top of that, I’m working on rebuilding my vinyl library and have definitely added to my “to be purchased” list several of Bruce’s albums.

The reading of this book was slow going, but that was entirely my fault because once I’d read Jim Beviglia’s analysis I would have to listen to the song I had just read about.  This created a depth of reading that became a completely submersive experience into the Springsteen library.

I now have to go and find copies of Beviglia’s Tom Petty and Elvis Costello books.  If Mr. Beviglia ever reads this I hope he’ll take into consideration some of my favorite artists:  Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and heck even some Black Sabbath.

If you are a classic rock or Bruce Springsteen fan this book absolutely, without a question needs to be in your library and read in whole, or just as you listen to the works of Springsteen.

Thanks to Jim Beviglia, I have a newfound appreciation for all of the Boss’ works.


Publisher’s Summary

For 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has held center stage as the quintessential American rock and roll artist, expressing the hopes and dreams of the American everyman and every woman through his vast array of insightful and inspirational songs. In Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs, rock writer Jim Beviglia dares to rank his finest songs in descending order from the 100th to his no. 1 greatest song.

In this unique book, Beviglia reflects not only on why each song has earned its place on list but lays out the story behind each of the 100, supplying fresh insights on the musical and lyrical content of Springsteen’s remarkable body of work. Counting Down Bruce Springsteen brings together critical historical and biographical information to explain the making and importance of each song to its listeners, painting a fascinating portrait of Springsteen as a major American songwriter and consummate recording artist.

Counting Down Bruce Springsteen is the perfect playlist builder, whether it is for the diehard fan or the newbie just getting acquainted with the work of the Boss!