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Deliver Me from Nowhere

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Deliver Me from Nowhere by Warren Zanes
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May 02, 2023 | ISBN 9780593237410

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“Brilliant reading . . . For fans of American music, Deliver Me from Nowhere makes a great ghost story.”The Boston Globe

“Warren Zanes is in possession of a genuine, often astonishing writerly gift. This book is about Bruce Springsteen’s weird, gothic, heartbroken 1982 left turn, Nebraska, which is not just a startling swerve in the career of a great American artist or a pivotal yet neglected transitional moment in the history of recorded music, but the question Springsteen asked himself forty years ago: What do you do when you begin to understand that the things you have loved most have begun to do you harm? This is some of Zanes’s best writing ever, which is saying a lot.”—Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

“Zanes has emerged from the wilderness of Nebraska with one of the greatest books about the creative process ever written. By focusing on Springsteen’s dark masterpiece and the soil it emerged from, Zanes elevates it to near mythic stature. Deliver Me from Nowhere is profoundly felt, deeply understood, and (as it should be) full of joy and abandon—with a hint of menace.”—Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

“This book, more than any other, reveals the hidden corners of Bruce Springsteen’s creative world. It zeroes in on a period of both volatility and artistic breakthrough, when Springsteen made the record no one was asking for but that he was compelled to make. Warren Zanes, one of our very finest music writers, always comes from the place of the music and its maker. No one else could have told this story.”—Judd Apatow

“You can waste your access by protecting your subject or trying to get too pretty. Warren Zanes does neither. He honors the access he gets to all of his central characters. If you’re a writer, his gift will make you jealous. But not jealous enough to stop reading. This is the Springsteen book we’ve been waiting for.”—Geoff Edgers, national arts reporter for The Washington Post and author of Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever

“Illuminating . . . Zanes builds a strong case for the album’s singularity, achievement, and influence. . . . Even those who aren’t convinced that Nebraska is Springsteen at his best will hear it with fresh ears.”Kirkus Reviews

“Intimate . . . Zanes traces how the album’s punk rock spirit pushed back against the industry’s preferred polished sound to become a chart-topping success, and delivers the narrative in energetic prose that makes his enthusiasm for his subject palpable. Rock ’n’ roll fans will want to crank this up to 11.”Publishers Weekly

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