Just published: Largehearted Boy ‘Book Notes’ piece on my unofficial soundtrack to BRUCE


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.

Hey Greenville, SC: Get your drink on with BRUCE!


What’s better than a BRUCE reading, signing and Q-and-A session? A BRUCE r,s + q&a in a bar. Which means the author will be drinking before and, let’s face it, throughout the proceedings. Did I mention that all this will be taking place in Greenville, South Carolina? Yeah baby, everything’s up for grabs now. What will I say? What won’t I say? You gotta come to find out. Send me a shot a tequila and the real fun stories may come out.HBD_Greenville_03

It all goes down at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 23 right here at the Handlebar, 304 East Stone Ave. Tickets are free.

Greetings from Athens – video of the Hendershot’s BRUCE tribute


So here’s a cool bonus from the big Bruce show in Athens, Ga. a couple of weeks back: A sweet documentary video by a some really talented journalists from the video wing of Clarke Central High School’s Odyssey magazine. Written by Jenny Alpaugh, narrated and edited by Nicholas Byrne and shot (beautifully) by Porter McLeod and Mr. Byrne, the gang created a very cool 7-minute portrait of the evening. The stage shots give a small hint of how the music went that night (did anyone else post anything out there?) and the backstage glimpses are cool, too. Plenty of Casey Neill to be heard, and some enticing peeks at Patterson Hood’s spellbinding set, too.

Check it out, and I’ll be back with some more posts in the next lil’ while.

Seattle Bruce tribute on Saturday Night, live Linda Ronstadt interview on Tuesday and more!


The Athens, Ga. Bruce tribute came off so great last night — see this wrap-up on today’s Backstreets.com news page — it’s hard to believe I’ll be doing it again come Saturday night — two days from now, on September 28 at the Royal Room at 5000 Rainier Ave South) with a whole other cast of cool musical characters. But that’s exactly what’s happening, so come on out, toss back a few and let’s hang out again, just like we did last century when I was growing up (and having a ball) on Capitol Hill.

Oh but wait: I’m still in Athens, and will be hanging out, signing books and providing Q’s to A’s at the lovely Avid book shop on Prince St. The fun starts at 6:30 (pronto!) and while the Georgia Bulldogs are not the Garfield Bulldogs, it already feels like family down here. Athens is like that.

Meanwhile, you can also check out this fairly lengthy interview I did with Paul Gleason for the Caught in the Carousel website. It goes into crazy depth about some things, and reveals some scandalous things about the way I express myself in conversation when I forget it might all turn up in print, or some fuckin’ shit like that. See what I mean?

In other news: I’ll be interviewing Linda Ronstadt onstage during her appearance at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, Or. The show starts at 7 pm and should be crowded so maybe get there early.

And do we need an excuse to check this out again? Vive el Sociedad Alternativa!

Seattle, Sept 28: BRUCE Comes to the Royal Room