For the past quarter century no contemporary popular musician has had as significant impact on America as Bruce Springsteen. Since the media anointed him "the future of rock 'n roll" in the mid-1970s, Springsteen has redefined the image of the rock star not simply as an entertainer but as a man to whom millions of loyal fans look as a voice for their yearnings, hopes, fears and dreams.
In It Ain't No Sin To Be Glad You're Alive journalist and historian Eric Alterman examines the life and times of this remarkable artist to discover how has come to be the guide and conscience of an entire generation. Alterman traces Springsteen's development as an artist and as a man, from his days living atop an abandoned Asbury Park beauty parlor to his recent record-breaking E Street Band reunion tour, and explores why the themes that have obsessed him — from adolescent escape to community to the path to redemption — have become so resonant with so wide and diverse an audience.
It Ain't No Sin To Be Glad You're Alive is the most perceptive portrait yet of a remarkably gifted artist who, against all the pressures of celebrity culture, has emerged an authentic American hero.