The long-time resident of Williamstown now living in Pelham wrote on his blog: “As a fan, I go back to the beginning of Bruce’s recording history. I was living near Philadelphia and listening to Philly radio stations like WMMR when they started to play songs from his first album, “Greetings from Asbury Park,” in 1973.
“We’re both in our sixties now, but both still going strong. If you drained the Great Salt Lake in Utah, you could fill the basin to overflowing with the sweat Bruce has left behind on stage over forty years, giving his every audience every bit of himself.”
McGinniss said that after three years of researching Palin, “it’s a joy to contemplate writing a book about someone who’s made such a difference to America in such a positive way over so many decades. In his life, his recordings, and especially in his electrifying stage performances, Bruce has shown that America still can be the land of hope and dreams.
“As more and more of us find ourselves, ‘ten years down the road, nowhere to run, nowhere to go’ – as it becomes ever more clear that our economy will never again be what it was in the 20th Century, as joblessness rises along with the costs of health care, as corporate interests crush the common man as brutally (though perhaps with more polish and finesse) as in the Robber Baron era – the strength and clarity of Bruce Springsteen’s vision of democracy and celebration of individuality and of the sheer – if only occasionally realized – joy of being alive – is perhaps more vital than ever.”
McGinniss first gained national fame with his 1969 book “The Selling of the President, 1968,” a behind-the-scenes look at how Richard Nixon was re-packaged to the American people in 1968. Two decades later he wrote a pair of true-crime books, “Fatal Vision” and “Blind Faith.” Both were made into hit TV movies.
He’s since written books about Ted Kennedy, Italian soccer and horse racing. He lived next door to the Palin family as part of his research for “Rogue” and is no stranger to Alaska. He wrote “Going to Extremes” in 1980, during the state’s oil boom.
And speaking of Philadelphia and Springsteen, join us for the Bruce Springsteen Philadelphia Memories Roadshow in Spring 2012.
With the on-going display of the Bruce Springsteen Hall of Fame exhibit at the National Constitution Center, we invite all Springsteen fans old and new to visit the exhibit during the day, and come and party with us during the evening. Details with date and time to follow.