Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales

Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales

Clarence Clemons, Don Reo

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0446546259

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


For the first time ever comes the inside story of Clarence "Big Man" Clemons--his life before, during and beyond the E-Street Band, including unbelievable, never-before-told adventures with Bruce Springsteen, the band, and an incredible cast of other famous characters recounted by himself and his best friend, television writer/ producer Don Reo.

Here are just a few things you'll get from reading it:

  • The truth behind the final hours of making Born To Run
  • The real story of how the E-Street Band got its name
  • What happened when Clarence and Ringo Starr were sitting in a hotel room and Clarence got the call that Bruce was breaking up the band
  • How Bruce and Clarence met that dark, stormy night at the Student Prince
  • The E-Street band's show at Sing-Sing prison where all of their equipment blows out right as they take the stage
  • The secret that Robert De Niro told Clarence and Bruce they had to keep for 25 years

But that's merely a glimpse. This is not your average rock book. It is something creative, something unique, something new. It is the story of E-Street. It is the story of stories. It is the story of the Big Man.

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This is a great photo taken by my friend Jo Lopez during the halftime show. Even I have to admit that this is pretty cool. Credit: JoLopezPhotography.com Me and Bruce. What can I say? It feels like the Born to Run cover but it also stands on its own. I think this is a beautiful image that captures the relationship we have and the humor, the camaraderie, and the mystery of our friendship. I especially like the fact that it’s black and white. Credit: N.F.L. Photo Acknowledgments The

to work a little steadier and things are happening, and the music is getting really good, so we’ve got to settle on something pretty soon. “Should I go knock on the door?” said Danny. “Blow the horn again,” I said. So he blows the horn. It’s starting to get twilight now. The lights are on in the house. The curtain gets pulled aside and there’s David holding up one finger. Course we all hold up one finger back at him. Then Bruce sighs and gives that little laugh of his. He turns around in the

feet and meter,” said Hunter. “About rhythm, stress, and intonation. An anapest is two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed one. Kind of like you and me and Fidel.” “Pass me a beer,” said Clarence. “Next year we should attend the mahu parade on Molokai,” he said, handing Clarence the beer. “It’s a hoot. Last year Kyu Sakamoto was there. He sang ‘Sukiyaki,’ of course, but also his follow-up song, which was called ‘China Nights.’ ” “The real name of that first song was ‘Ue O Muite

weren’t busy at the time, each a “star” in his own right, and we went out on the road. It was a successful endeavor. There were some great guys along for the ride, including Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Joe Walsh, and Nils Lofgren. I had been having a great time. I loved it there in Japan. I would’ve attracted attention on the streets here even if I weren’t famous. Most of these people had never seen anything as big as me outside of Godzilla movies. They would stop and stare and giggle when they

got together for a cast reading and a production meeting. They were all there, from the fabulous Art Carney to the beautiful June Taylor. Gleason ran the meeting from the head of the table. He gave each department head his notes and finally came to Sammy Spear, his musical director for decades. ‘Sammy,’ he said. ‘Work on the music, will you? It’s never been any good.’ “For the writing staff he had one final fuck you. He had a monitor set up for us to watch the show. It was set up in the men’s

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