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Warren Zanes

Teoksen Petty: The Biography tekijä

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Petty: The Biography (2015) 225 kappaletta, 27 arvostelua
Memory Girls (2003) 1 kappale

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Exeter, New Hampshire, USA
Montclair, New Jersey, USA
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Rochester (PhD, Visual and Cultural Studies)
music producer
New York University
Case Western Reserve University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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[from author's website]
Warren Zanes is a New York Times bestselling author, a Grammy-nominated documentary producer, and a professor currently teaching at at New York University.

As a teenager, Warren Zanes joined The Del Fuegos, making three records for Slash/Warner Bros.. Later, after earning his Ph.D in Visual and Cultural Studies from The University of Rochester, Zanes released Memory Girls, the first of four solo recordings made for Dualtone Nashville.

In the non-profit area, Warren was the Vice President of Education and Public Programs at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, for ten years, Executive Director of The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.

His books include Dusty in Memphis, the first volume in the celebrated 33 1/3 Series, Petty: The Biography, Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records, and his new book about Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, Deliver Me from Nowhere. With Garth Brooks, Zanes has worked on five books in the artist's Anthology Series.

Among his work in film, Zanes was a consulting producer on the Oscar-winning Twenty Feet from Stardom, a producer on the Grammy-nominated PBS/Soundbreaking series, conducted interviews for Martin Scorsese's George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and served as writer for The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash.

He is an active member of both poet Paul Muldoon's Rogue Oliphant collective and a family that includes his sons, Lucian and Piero.



I find it difficult to review books by or about Bruce Springsteen because I have been a fan for 50 years now. I started this one wondering why I was reading another book about him, particularly since he so generously shared his excellent memoir with us seven years ago. Warren Zanes’s book is so much more, though. Zanes, who was the guitarist for the band, The Del Fuegos, before entering academia, brings his musician’s experience to this deep dive into Springsteen’s darkest, most unexpected (at the time) album, home-recorded on a four-track TEAC 144 at a rented house in Colts Neck, New Jersey—the album Springsteen feels “still may be” his best work. As do many musicians Zanes interviewed. The tapes were essentially demos slated for E Street Band development in the midst of the recording sessions for the Born in the USA album. Zanes interviewed artists influenced by the album, people connected to Springsteen, like manager Jon Landau, and the man himself. Landau recalls that the dark themes and spare and raw melodies of the tapes “concerned [him] on a friendship level,” as Springsteen was battling anxiety and depression during this period. The most fascinating aspect of the story of recording of the album, to me, was the monumental effort it took to preserve the stark quality of the original recording in transferring it from the four-track tape; i.e., the hours and hours of time and many people it took to keep it simple.

Admittedly, I was not a big fan of Nebraska when it was released in 1982. There, I said it; please don’t cancel my Spring-Nuts membership. I was a young mom with two sons under the age of three and desperate for another rocker on the heels of the fabulous double album, The River, that preceded it in 1980. Stark and depressing just didn’t cut it at the time; I was too sleep-deprived and isolated from adult interaction as it was. It took some years for it to grow on me. I feel somewhat validated: Zanes noted this phenomenon among fans, that Nebraska “had something of a time-release quality. It revealed its strange power over the years, a thing people found in their own way and on their own time. It was passed around like a rumor.” My favorite anecdote was from Steve Earle, who, tongue-in-cheek, attributes the success of his musical career to Springsteen:

Zanes observes that in many ways, Nebraska was a punk album; he fabulously describes it as “a cave painting in the age of photography.” He even takes a trip with Bruce to the room where it happened—that small bedroom in a rental house, “the orange wall-to-wall shag carpeting . . . most certainly intact, if a little washed out from the passage of time,” with its window overlooking a reservoir. I can see it now, when I put the album on and close my eyes, listen to those stories of outlaws and desperate people brought to life by a man with a gravelly voice and a lonesome guitar.
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bschweiger | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 4, 2024 |
Tom Petty = *****
Book = ***
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tloeffler | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 1, 2024 |
Pretty disappointing. Zanes writes about everything but Dusty and the album itself.
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monicaberger | Jan 22, 2024 |
Deliever Me From Nowhere is one of the greatest books about the creative process. It focuses on Springsteen's dark masterpiece, Nebraska. Zanes dives deep into what lead up to the creation of the album and what happened after. Really, this book illuminates that Born in the USA, in many ways, is a companion piece to Nebraska. Both albums deal in nostaglia but in different ways.
This book is illuminating for creatives. And made me respect Springsteen even more. Springsteen was verging into pop stardom, and he took a severe left turn with Nebraska. The album is dark, personal, unrelentling, and a classic. And it ushered in the era of home recordings. It many ways - Nebraska is a ground breaking album. Not just for Springsteen and his legacy but for the history of recording as well.
Highly recommended.
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ryantlaferney87 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 8, 2023 |



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