Check this out: A track-by-track list and analysis of the songs I put on my highly unofficial soundtrack CD for BRUCE. Unavailable anywhere except under very, very special circumstances.
Here’s a taste of the essay:
I listened to a ton of music while working on the book – not all of them by Bruce Springsteen, of course. The work of Brian Wilson (with and without the Beach Boys), Gaslight Anthem, Wilco and a score of alt-country bands touched on ideas and feelings that resonated with my sense of the work.
But when the book was finished I put together this quasi-soundtrack on my iTunes so I’d have something special to give to friends and family, and also to accompany books I donated to charity auctions and such. I thought it would be cool to build the list out of rare live recordings, outtakes and other rarities, so nothing here is available in wide release. Each of these songs connect to particular stories, eras and/or performances that figure in the narrative. They’re sort of chronological, but not entirely.
Go here for the rest.