Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska

Warren Zanes


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Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska by Zanes, Warren
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The fascinating story behind the making of Bruce Springsteen's most surprising album, Nebraska, revealing its pivotal role in Springsteen's career

"Brilliant reading . . . For fans of American music, Deliver Me from Nowhere makes a great ghost story."--The Boston Globe

Without Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen might not be who he is today. The natural follow-up to Springsteen's hugely successful album The River should have been the hit-packed Born in the U.S.A. But instead, in 1982, he came out with an album consisting of a series of dark songs he had recorded by himself, for himself. But more than forty years later, Nebraska is arguably Springsteen's most important record--the lasting clue to understanding not just his career as an artist and the vision behind it, but also the man himself.

Nebraska is rough and unfinished, recorded on cassette tape with a simple four-track recorder by Springsteen, alone in his bedroom, just as the digital future was announcing itself. And yet Springsteen now considers it his best album. Nebraska expressed a turmoil that was reflective of the mood of the country, but it was also a symptom of trouble in the artist's life, the beginnings of a mental breakdown that Springsteen would only talk about openly decades after the album's release.

Warren Zanes spoke to many people involved with making Nebraska, including Bruce Springsteen himself. He also interviewed more than a dozen celebrated artists and musical insiders, from Rosanne Cash to Steven Van Zandt, about their reactions to the album. Zanes interweaves these conversations with inquiries into the myriad cultural touchpoints, including Terrence Malick's Badlands and the short stories of Flannery O'Conner, that influenced Springsteen as he was writing the album's haunting songs. The result is a textured and revelatory account of not only a crucial moment in the career of an icon but also a record that upended all expectations and predicted a home-recording revolution.

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Published: 05/02/2023
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.80w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780593237410

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2023
Publishers Weekly 03/27/2023
Booklist 04/15/2023 pg. 8

About the Author
Warren Zanes is the New York Times bestselling author of Petty: The Biography. He holds a PhD in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester. He played alongside Springsteen when he was a member of the Del Fuegos, and continues to record music. He is a Grammy-nominated producer of the PBS series Soundbreaking and a consulting producer on the Oscar-winning Twenty Feet from Stardom. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone and The Oxford American, and he has served as a VP at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and presently teaches at New York University.