This is the title of a new book by Sarfraz Manzoor. He’s a Muslim Pakistani who was raised in Britain, and who has a particular love of Bruce Springsteen. It’s the kind of juxtaposition I relish in music and among music lovers around the world.
“Bruce Springsteen changed my life because in his music I saw the promise of hope and escape and self-improvement, but where once I longed to escape to the United States, these days I am convinced my father did the right thing coming to Britain.”
Here’s a recent review of Greetings from Bury Park that Mr. Manzoor posted on his own blog. I suspect he approves.
Also, here is my colleague Matthew Bell’s radio profile about Manzoor from 2006. Bell describes Manzoor as having “a mighty afro.” I guess, based on the above picture, that Mr. Manzoor has since cleaned up his act a bit.