The book 'The Boss' hoped would never be published — an explosive unauthorized biography written with the help of Mike Appel, Springsteen's former producer/manager. Based on exclusive interviews and previously unreleased material, including depositions from the lawsuit that prevented Springsteen from recording for over a year, Down Thunder Road traces Springsteen's rise to fame and reveals the man behind the myth. Originally published in 1992, this title is now available for the first time in a full-ebook edition with photos, legal documents and memorabilia in high resolution.
LIBARY JOURNAL: "Rock writer Eliot chronicles Springsteen's rise to stardom during the mid-1970s. By effectively patching together lengthy quotes, he outlines the rock star's New Jersey childhood, mentions his first bands, and concentrates on Springsteen's relationship and 1976 split with Appel, who managed the singer/guitarist to his Born To Run (1975) success and whose recollections form the basis of this book."
AUDIO FILE "Eliot's narration is straightforward and well-executed. He jumps nimbly between protagonists with the simplest changes of inflection and intonation - no small feat considering the large amount of directly quoted material, including a highly effective dramatization of court transcripts.......Down Thunder Road proves to be entertaining."
New York Times best-selling author Marc Eliot has had his books translated into more than a dozen languages throughout the world including biographies of Cary Grant, James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Phil Ochs, and Steve McQueen.
Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts - the "Fame" School - received his BA from the City University of New York, CCNY, and his MFA in Writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. He did postgraduate film work at Columbia, studying under Andrew Sarris.
He lectures to classes, at film events, and conventions, speaking about his writing and film. His work has appeared in magazines, both in the United States and abroad, and he is a frequent guest on radio and television and has been featured in various documentaries about film and music. He divides his time among New York City and Woodstock, New York.
The career of rock superstar Bruce Springsteen, including his long-term yet fragile father/son alliance with producer Mike Appel, is depicted in this unprettified look at the music industry. While appreciative of Springsteen's enormous talent, Eliot ( Death of a Rebel ) portrays The Boss as sullen and capricious; at the same time he avoids the mudslinging found in many ``unauthorized'' biographies. Eliot sees rock journalist/recording producer Jon Landau as the wedge that divided Springsteen and Appel and led to the bitter legal battle in 1976 that hampered Springsteen's career and virtually drove Appel out of the business. Sympathetic to Appel, the author portrays him as abrasive but totally dedicated to the success of his protege. The effect of Eliot's confident, spare style is hampered by many lengthy excerpts from Springsteen's pretrial depositions. Photos not seen by PW.