Bruce Springsteen: Rocking The Wall

rocking the wall

Bruce Springsteen: Rocking The Wall

By Erik Kirschbaum
Berlinica Publishing – $11.95

It would seem that for the last forty or so years, Bruce Springsteen just can’t do anything wrong.

For whatever reason – be it musical, political or social – he who was invariably born to run, has created himself such an unquestionably great career; it’s nigh impossible to question (most of) his political persuasion and artistic endeavour(s). And herein speaks someone who has seen Springsteen perhaps fifteen or so more times on both sides of the Atlantic, including his fundamental home-turth, Asbury Park.

After all, let’s face it, as both a songwriter and live performer, HE REALLY IS THAT GOOD.

But, even if Springsteen was born to run, he wasn’t born yesterday. As such, he has over time, surrounded himself with such a brilliant team of diplomatic, media suave, savvy heads, it would indeed appear that almost everything he does – from an international perspective at least – is almost sacrosanct beyond belief.

Let alone question.

Which is why Bruce Springsteen: Rocking The Wall – The Concert That Changed The World doesn’t surprise me in the very least. It’s an interesting read, but not a particularly enlightening one so far as the true essense of the actual subject matter is concerned. From the perspective of a mighty myopic, Stasi induced state of over forty years, it reads as if merely skimming the surface. But then maybe that’s the (rather escapist) point?

For a start, it’s written by New Yorker Erik Kirschbaum, a long time Springsteen fan (who has lived in the German capital for over twenty-five years). So, it’s already going to be a book of high-octane, socio-politico, positive promise. Absolutely no doubt whatsoever.

To be sure, any political, perhaps justified clarity, doesn’t even enter the equation.

That the ever obsequious, Rolling Stone critic Dave Marsh, is quoted on the back cover (”Inside this book is as clear a statement of the power of this music as anyone, ever, has come up with”) more than substantiates as much. For wherever Springsteen goes, so too does Marsh, for whom his subject is essentially God.

That said, I should imagine Springsteen is a whole different kettle of ideological meaning in Berlin, which really is fair enough – a lot of which Kirschbaum captures rather lucidly withing these 137 pages (excluding Select Bibliography).

David Marx

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