from "Down Thunder Road The Making of Bruce Springsteen"by Mike Appel and some other guy; reprinted without permission because none is needed

It wasn’t only that he wanted it all, it was the way he went after it. For instance, one day later on, during the making of the Born to Run album, Landau walked into my office and wanted to know the order of the names of the producers as they would appear on the album credits. He was particularly interested to know whose name would come first. “Bruce Springsteen’s,” I said to him. “Yeah, yeah,” he said, “but who’s second?” “Well,” I said, “it’s going to be Mike Appel and Jon Landau.” At which point he put his hands together and began pleading, “Oh, Mike, please, it would really mean the world to me if my name came second. I’d really appreciate it, I want it in the worst way. ” I stared at him in disbelief. Finally, I said to him, “Does it matter to you that much?” and he said, “Yes. ” At that point I said, “I don’t know why it’s so important, but if it’ll make you happy, I’ll put my name last.” .... “Yeah, yeah”

 

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It's a very interesting book that is worth reading. I remember I picked it up when it first came out. It's a fascinating peak behind the scenes of rock star ego and the management side of the business.

In many parts (the lawsuit years) the stories are not flattering to Bruce or Jon Landau. But it is important to keep in mind that most of what we know about Bruce has been filtered by him and his current manager. He's owned his own narrative, you could say. There are many sides to Bruce that people have never seen and that is true for most public figures. So we get a glimpse of who he is, when he is not in control of the story.

I believe the story about Landau wanting his name first. There's no reason, within the context of the book, not to believe it.

What I took from the book overall was that Bruce saw that Landau was all of the things that Appel was not.  Jon had great influence in the rock press and within the music industry. He could make big things happen for Bruce with the right people, whereas Appel only made enemies. Appel admits as much.

It is an honest book, IMO.

 

It's a good book and Appel is not all bad though I would never feel sorry for him. He should have known what he was doing to young Bruce was a bad thing and stopped himself from exploiting the young man

Will come back with some good short stories when I am done reading!

Still In Love with All the Wonder it Brings

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