David Browne
July 24, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Down Thunder Road: The Making of Bruce Springsteen

Current Status
In Season
Marc Eliot
Nonfiction, Music

We gave it a C-

There’s surely a book waiting to be written about the making and marketing of Bruce Springsteen. Down Thunder Road isn’t it. A slapdash account of Springsteen’s early years, it climaxes with the mid-’70s lawsuit against his first manager, Mike Appel (and Appel’s countersuit), that temporarily derailed the rocker’s career. Appel was a major source for the book, and the result is little more than a one-sided defense of his actions. The book’s most revealing moments are in its deposition transcripts, which depict the young Springsteen as shockingly naive and inarticulate — in essence, a New Jersey kid who still had much to learn about the music business. C-

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