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Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Clarence Clemons

As the saxophonist for the E Street Band, the famed backup band for Bruce Springsteen, Clemons has lived a kind of pop music celebrity that's rare these days, a life spent rising and staying at the top of the album charts and performing before stadiums … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Music Biographies, E Street Band, Rock Musician Biographies
Author: Clarence Clemons
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
1 review about Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales

Mixed Feelings

  • Jan 24, 2010
Rating:
+3
This is quite an erratic read. First of all, I wih Clarence had taken a more chronological approach. He jumps around in time with no rhyme or reason as to why one chapter follows another. Secondly, the theme of each story seems similar. Clarence is hanging out with some supposed entertainment big shots drinking and smoking and reflecting on various things. Some have more interest than others.

What one does gather is that Clarence and Bruce are truly close friends. One does learn a little bit about some of the songs and relationships here and there. What tension between Vinny Lopez and Clarence. It also nice to know how Clarence appreciated Dan Federeci and how he felt let down when Bruce brought out a new band to tour with him. The different failed relationships are a bit heart wrenching until the Big Man finally finds true love. I like the story about Clarence shooting pool with Fidel Castro and the stories about how Jackie Gleason was not a nice man.

I definitely would have liked to hear more about Clarence's attepted career at professional football. This does not even get a one line mention. A little more commentary about the early days would be good as well. Nonetheless, there are a lot of strong moments which make this about a 3-3 1/2 star rating.

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