Set for publication on Bruce Springsteen's 70th birthday on September 23rd will be Long Walk Home: Reflections On Bruce Springsteen, edited by Jonathan D. Cohen and June Skinner Sawyers. According to the announcement, the 270-page tome “explores his legacy, and provides a stirring set of testimonials that illustrate why his music matters. This unique collection features essays and reflections from a diverse array of writers who explain what Springsteen means to them and describe how they have been moved, shaped, and challenged by his music.”
Long Walk Home features critical essays from assorted novelists, critics, authors, musicians, photographers, and scholars, including Greil Marcus, A.O. Scott, Frank Stefanko, Peter Ames Carlin, and “John Wesley Harding” Stace, among others.
2012 saw the release of the groundbreaking Springsteen biography by author Peter Ames Carlin, called Bruce. Carlin, whose work is featured in the upcoming Long Walk Home, explained to us that after proving himself a trustworthy biographer out in the field, Springsteen and manager Jon Landau gave him their blessing to help create the definitive biography on “The Boss”: “I worked on my own for a year and a half, just talk to as many people and get as much information, and spend as much time on the ground in Freehold and Asbury Park, (New Jersey). And after a year-and-a-half, the phone rang one day and it was Jon landau saying, ‘Look, let’s get together and talk.’ We sat and talked for an hour, hour-and-a-half and when we were done, he said, ‘Look, I think we’re ready to cooperate,' and from there — as he put it — he gave me the ‘keys to the kingdom,’ and allowed me, both of them allowed me, to talk to whoever I wanted to. So I spent the next year-and-a-half working that way.”