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Born to Rock


I’ve never taken to Bruce Springsteen’s music but I’ve always like him as a personality. I admire what a great show he puts on, time and time again, and appreciate that he’s enjoyed inspired periods of musicianship and songwriting.

Here’s an old (1975) Baltimore Sun piece on The Boss from my pal John Schulian, “from the days when I was still learning how to write.” The article came out just before Born to Run dropped.

Dig this from Bruce:

“I don’t consider myself a writer, like a novel writer or a poetry writer. Writing songs is just something I do. It’s a real, natural, basic urge. The only thing I can compare it to is when you get hungry. You feel it and you do something about it.”

…”I play for the thrill, man, just like I have since I picked up the guitar,” he said. “Like tonight, I could have played forever if they didn’t have to close the place down at midnight.”

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1 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 18, 2009 5:32 pm

I think any Bruce profile from 1973-1976 was required by law to include the phrase "the new/next Dylan"...you can look it up.

and I'm a total fanboy (seen him 7 times), but it is one of those shows I think everyone who enjoys rock should see once...I've never heard someone who went NOT have a good time.

2 NYYfan22   ~  Nov 18, 2009 6:05 pm

Jen and I went with friends to see him play Giants Stadium last month. What a great show. I have nearly all of his albums on vinyl and love spinning them and hearing Roy Bittan jamming up the piano with Max Weinberg pounding out the beats.

3 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Nov 18, 2009 8:46 pm

I like Bruce the guy (from what I have read) but never dug his non-acoustic albums..just too bombastic and to be honest, not really "rockin" enough..the acoustic stuff is excellent though.

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