The Town Book Store is very excited to be hosting Westfield resident John Luerssen, author of Bruce Springsteen FAQ: All That is Left to Know About the Boss. This indispensable read, packed with countless images of rare memorabilia, is a volume Springsteen fans will treasure.
Long before he sold 120 million albums globally in a career that has endured artistically and commercially like no other performers in the rock era, Bruce Springsteen was a working-class Jersey kid with a dream and a guitar. By the time he was 16, he was playing ShopRite openings and school dances around his hometown of Freehold. For many, high school is where the garage-band dreams die, but time spent fronting a band called Steel Mill in the heyday of Asbury Park's Upstage scene gave him the courage to sidestep college and put his name out in front, soon enough making him "The Boss" to his band. After five more years spent working diligently on that dream, Springsteen had landed the dueling Time and Newsweek covers that made him an instant household name on the strength of his album Born to Run . Bruce Springsteen FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Boss investigates Springsteen's superstar Born in the U.S.A. album and tour, the dissolution and reunion of the E Street Band, the legal wrangling that held up 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town , the group's postmillennium resurgence, the untimely passing of core band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons, and more.
John Luerssen is a Westfield native who wrote his first record review for Westfield High School’s Hi’s Eye in 1985. Luerssen has written for Rolling Stone, Spinner and Billboard and in addition to Bruce Springsteen FAQ he has written U2 FAQ and Rivers’ Edge: The Weezer Story. John lives in town with his wife Heidi and their three children – Meredith, Hayley and Jack. He is currently at work on two upcoming books for Backbeat, Nirvana FAQ and If You Like Coldplay.
Meet and chat about Bruce with John at The Town Book Store. If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call us at 908-233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of his book.