How it’s Irish: Bruce Springsteen is hugely popular in Ireland!
Matthew Orel, a Springsteen scholar and contributor to “Backstreets,” reviews “Born to Run: the Story of Johnny 99.” This review assumes some knowledge of Bruce Springsteen’s music… for a review of the book primarily as a children’s book, visit Backstreets.com.
The book description:
Johnny 99 has been caught racing in the street─again. Now he’s in trouble with his dad─again. Wanting to assert his independence and in hopes of finding adventure, Johnny 99 leaves his hometown to travel across the country. He returns home a changed car.
The book is for sale, signed by the author, at the Backstreets website, too, so Springsteen parents might want to take a gander. Backstreets also wrote:
I’ve seen Bruce Springsteen in concert a bunch of times. I’ve written blog pieces about him. When I write those pieces, whether for myself or publications such as Backstreets magazine, I might toss a lyric reference in to the title, or sprinkle references in to the body of the text. It’s fun for me, especially if I can get the context right; or maybe add a bit of nuance to whatever is being discussed. Then I’ll see if readers pick up on the references and how they’re interpreted. For example, when discussing Bruce’s just released box set from The River that includes a new CD of previous unreleased outtakes, I tried out Stray Bullet as it’s both a song title and also a description of the songs; it’s also my favorite song on the disc. Occasionally, I’ll find a columnist doing likewise; a local gossip columnist where I live used to throw Springsteen references in to his daily columns, daring fans such as myself to locate them. When the late Jeff Zaslow took over the Ann Landers column, he’d also routinely toss Springsteen references in to the daily advice.
This new picture book by Wendy Parnell, illustrated by Matt Hall, crams nearly 100 credited references (and a few more that are either un-credited or accidental) in to a total of just 150 lines of text,