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Rob Kirkpatrick, Magic in the Night: The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen (2008)

Serious in-depth analysis of the lyrics that define the long span of Springsteen's career. Rich with detail that will increase any fan's appreciation of the music.

Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz, The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption, from Asbury Park to Magic (2008)

The author, a Harvard-trained minister and huge Springsteen fan, offers up a fascinating analysis of Springsteen's work as viewed through theological lenses.

Robert Santelli, Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2006)

The best thing about this biography, which was produced with the cooperation of the band, is that it includes dozens of removable reproductions of old band memorabilia… including Bruce's first business card! Cool stuff…

Eric Alterman, It Ain’t No Sin To Be Glad You’re Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (2001)

Eric Alterman is a somewhat polemical left-wing political commentator who also happens to be huge Springsteen fan. Alterman's take on the meaning of the Boss is great stuff, whether or not you share his politics.

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