PositiveThe Chicago Tribune...documents scattered memories and streamlines them into a series of impressions and anecdotes ... thoughtful about and critical of his father's mood swings and his mishandling of the Beach Boys' publishing ... offer[s] valuable if unsettling insights into the personal dynamics inside an American band with a split personality.
PositiveThe Chicago TribuneThe potential for maudlin sentimentality is great. But Springsteen keeps the tone relatively breezy and conversational. The voice in this book is a more confiding version of the one heard on stage. It is self-deprecating and sometimes withering in its honesty, especially when judging himself ... This memoir is not about settling scores or assessing blame. Instead, Springsteen tries to understand his father, and by extension, himself. Once he realizes this, he finds a kind of peace.
Mike Love & James S. Hirsch
PositiveThe Chicago Tribune...provides more chronology, context and factual information, underlined by a sense of score-settling while quoting extensively from court hearings and business meetings ... Love spends most of his book trying to make the case for his contributions to the band, while acknowledging the futility ... offer[s] valuable if unsettling insights into the personal dynamics inside an American band with a split personality.
MixedThe Chicago TribuneThe writing is occasionally overwrought, and the abundant analysis of his lyrics sometimes dry. But when he's good, he's excellent...The story unfolds like a movie that jumps across time, more thematic than chronological, as boyhood anecdotes and obsessions intersect with mature songs and adult reckoning.