Bruce Springsteen: The Day I Was There


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Bruce Springsteen has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This book features over 300 accounts from fans who have witnessed a Bruce Springsteen live show. From late 60s concerts in New Jersey right through to his marathon three hour plus shows from recent times.

Fans from the USA, UK, Australia and Europe share fascinating anecdotes, stories, photographs and memorabilia that have never been published before and tell us about their experience of one of the worlds greatest live acts.

About the author:

Neil Cossar a former musician was the guitarist in the late 70’s – 80’s group The Cheaters, (who signed to Parlophone Records, but never troubled the charts). Continually giging in 1982, were awarded ‘Hardest working band of the year’ by BBC Radio 1 after playing 321 gigs and recording an album in 365 days!

During the 90’s Neil worked as a radio DJ in Manchester, England presenting a late night show which featured countless new acts in session including Radiohead, Blur, The Charlatans, Lenny Kravitz, PJ Harvey, The Cranberries and Tori Amos.

He also runs a PR company with his partner Liz Sanchez – their clients have included – Def Leppard, INXS, Joan Baez, Glen Campbell, Jean Michel Jarre, Natalie Imbruglia, The Hollies, Feist, The Stranglers, Barenaked Ladies and UB40.

He first started to collect music facts and trivia while working on the radio, in the early 90’s, this turned into an obsession over the years and evolved into the web site This Day in which was launched in 1999.

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Weight 0.528 kg
Dimensions 13.3 × 19.7 × 3.2 cm


Bruce Springsteen had his say in his Born To Run autobiography. Now it’s his fans’ turn in this lavishly illustrated, memorabilia-festooned treasure trove of chronological reminiscences of encounters and concerts from Child (aka Steel Mill) shows to this year’s Broadway residency… there are some draw-dropping tales. Surely this is the very book Springsteen might wish to read about himself.
-Classic Rock Magazine
This is a book you want to keep on your coffee table for a few months and browse whenever the mood strikes you or when you’ve got some Bruce on the stereo. You want to look up entries about shows, locations, or periods in Bruce’s career that most interest you and read those. Perhaps the highlight of the book is a story by Jane Shapiro about the 1980 St. Louis show. Or, it’s about her friend Steve and how he invited Bruce to come home and visit his family. The story is legendary among fans, but this is the first time I remember reading it from other than Bruce’s point of view and getting the whole background story. The worthwhile contributions, fortunately, are in the clear majority, which makes “The Day I Was There” an entertaining and often emotional read, especially at a time like this when your last show is but a memory and you really, really start to feel the itch to be out there again among other fans, following the man and his band.
-Greasy Lake - The Ultimate Springsteen Tribute Page
Bruce Springsteen, The Day I Was There has an advantage over the dozens of books published in recent years: it is not a rehash where repeated biographical data are shown, illustrated with some more or less known photos. It is in this case a compilation of stories written by the fans themselves, who tell their experiences at the Springsteen concerts, with a passion rarely seen. They accompany the texts a good handful of photos taken by the protagonists of the book: the fans. Pictures of concerts, tickets, posters, passes, meetings with Bruce, etc. An endearing book , that hooks and read in a few nights and transports you mentally to the best nights of a splendid career.
-Point Blank Magazine
As with previous books in the series, it’s the early tales that interest me most, and while Bruce never seems to have lost that personal touch with an adoring audience, recollections of those formative gigs are all the more compelling.
-Write Wyatt Blog
The accounts are very personal, covering a career-spanning timescale and it's great to hear first-hand accounts from fans in their own words. For me, this format really works and the varied writing styles throughout make it very difficult to put down. Highly recommended.
-Amazon Review
Fantastic book, it was like being at a show again, brought back so many great memories.
-Amazon Review
The hundreds of personal recollections of people seeing ’The Boss’ and the wonderful E Street Band over the years and their stories makes a really interesting read. Added to that the book has some lovely photos from fans. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to see Bruce live, you should buy this!
-Amazon Review