READING: Peter Ames Carlin - 'Bruce'

Join us at Sundance Books and Music on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening with acclaimed music writer Peter Ames Carlin who will read from and discuss BRUCE (Simon & Schuster), his new biography of Bruce Springsteen.

Carlin will also be giving a free talk, 'Writing about Music and Musicians,' in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre at UNR on Thursday, March 7, at 3 p.m. His appearance is sponsored by the UNR Reynolds School of Journalism.


BRUCE, a sweeping portrait by acclaimed music writer Peter Ames Carlin, is the first biography in 25 years to be written with the full cooperation of Springsteen himself.  Unprecedented access to the artist, his family, his friends, and bandmates past and present—including Clarence Clemons in his final major interview—adds vivid, intimate detail and context to a groundbreaking picture of one of America’s greatest musicians.

For over four decades, Bruce Springsteen has voiced the hopes, triumphs, and heartaches of working class America through a remarkable career that has yielded twenty Grammy Awards, more than 120 million albums sold, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award.  Peter Ames Carlin’s biography encompasses the breadth of Springsteen’s life and music, following the Elvis-loving grade-schooler with a rented guitar as he grows into a scruffy young bandleader, then rockets into orbit with the critical and commercial hit Born to Run, the keystone of a musical legacy that would reflect and shape the culture—right up to Bruce’s current sold-out tour and #1 album, Wrecking Ball.

Built from years of meticulous research and countless hours of interviews with Springsteen, his inner circle, and a lifetime’s worth of friends, fellow musicians, and ex-girlfriends, BRUCE presents the most revealing account yet of an American music icon as he continually redefined his style and sound—while also battling the many demons that hovered over his childhood. 


“Carlin’s exhaustively researched portrait of rock and roll’s working-class hero delivers everything a fan could wish for.” —PEOPLE

“Interviews with bandmates, family members and exes paint an unflinching portrait of the rock icon. … Dives into Springsteen’s personal life in unprecedented depth. … No previous biographer has uncovered as much about Springsteen’s family.” —ROLLING STONE

“An astute, engaging account.” —USA TODAY

“BRUCE delivers. … Carlin gets across why Mr. Springsteen has meant so much, for so long, to so many people.” —NEW YORK TIMES


Peter Ames Carlin is the New York Times bestselling author of Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney: A Life. He has been a senior writer for People and a television critic for The Oregonian newspaper. Carlin lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 6:30pm